By Adeboye Amosu:
Federation Cup Kings, Akwa United will host league new boys, Plateau United in match day-six opening fixture at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on today (Friday), reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Promise Keepers have picked only one win this season, while Plateau United have struggled to assert themselves well on their return to the top flight, picking seven points from five games so far.
On Sunday, Abia Warriors and Rangers will clash in the Oriental Derby at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
Rangers who have enjoyed a fine start to the campaign are yet to lose to Abia Warriors in the top flight.
Last season, both sides battled to a 3-3 draw at the same venue with Chisom Chikatara, now with Moroccan side, Wydad Casablanca bagging a hat-trick.
Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars – two teams who also ended their fixture in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Aper Aku Stadium last term will hope to treat the fans to another "sumptuous meal" of football when they clash at the same venue on Sunday.
Pillars captain, Rabiu Ali who netted a hat-trick in the Sai Masu Gida's 3-2 win against Akwa United last weekend will look to continue his fine form, while league joint top scorer, Anthony Okpotu will be desperate to add to his tally.
Sunshine Stars who are still looking for their first win of the season will be guests of Giwa FC at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
Rivers United will seek to put an end to their poor away form when they confront Niger Tornadoes at their adopted home ground, Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
MFM FC will welcome El-kanemi Warriors to the Agege Stadium, while Ikorodu United travel to Nnewi to face FC IfeanyiUbah.
MATCH DAY SIX FIXTURES
Akwa United V Plateau United
Abia Warriors V Rangers
Lobi Stars V Kano Pillars
Sunshine Stars V Giwa FC
Niger Tornadoes V Rivers United
MFM FC V El-kanemi Warriors
FC IfeanyiUbah V Ikorodu United