Both shotstoppers Adewale Adeyinka and Victor Sochima were the major protagonists in a game which could have gone either way, but rightly ended, with both sides sharing the spoils.
The duo of Leo Ezekiel and David Onovo, for the first game in the second round, were not included in the matchday squad with Adeyeye Adeyemi, Ubong Friday and Wisdom Fernando forming the Promise Keepers’ front trio.
Stanley Eguma’s men took the lead in the 17th minute when Akwa United defender Etim Matthew rifled the ball into his own net thanks to a cross from Nyima Nwagua.
Adeyinka proved his worth to Akwa United with a succession of crucial saves, first tipping away close-range rebound shot by Nyima and then denying Ishaq Rafiu in a couple of times.
Akwa United rallied early into the second half and striker, Adeyeye got the equalizer in the 48th minutes to settle the scoreline at 1-1.