—Title-Chasing Sunshine Welcome El-Kanemi, Shot Gambo Set For Pillars Return
By Adeboye Amosu:
Enyimba will continue their push for a record seventh Glo Premier League title when they host bottom side Taraba United on Sunday at the Enyimba Sports Stadium.
The Peoples Elephant head into the match day 25 fixture in buoyant mood following a hard-earned 1-0 win against champions Kano Pillars in midweek.
Kadiri Ikhana will welcome his captain Chinedu Udoji back into the side, following the defender’s suspension which forced him to miss the game against Pillars.
The Enyimba coach will however be without Idris Aloma, who is suspended for the tie.
Former leaders Sunshine Stars have a chance to keep in touch with Enyimba when they entertain El-Kanemi Warriors at their fortress in Akure.
The Owena Waves suffered a 1-0 defeat to Dolphins in their previous game, but attributed the defeat to the absence of their key players who were away on national duty.
The presence of the likes of league top scorer Tunde Adeniji, Stephen Eze, Prince Agrrey and Ikechukwu Ezenwa who all missed the game against Dolphins should give Sunshine a lift as they bid to continue their home invincibility.
At the Warri City Stadium, it will be a battle between third and fourth placed sides as Warri Wolves and Wikki Tourists face off.
Both teams are level on points, but the guests have a better goal difference than their hosts.
Wolves who at times have struggled to impress at home this season will be wary of a Wikki side who have won four times on the road and have the second best away record behind Enyimba in the league this season.
Kwara United and Shooting Stars will go head to head in Ilorin in what is one of the biggest games of the day. The home side have lost their last three games.
3SC who lost 4-1 to Kano Pillars last weekend won the reverse fixture on match day five with Nojeem Olukokun and U-23 Eagles star Junior Ajayi scoring the goals.
Abia Warriors will look to boost chances of picking a continental ticket when they file against Oriental rivals, Heartland, at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
Champions Kano Pillars will welcome northern rivals, Nasarawa United, to the Sani Abacha Stadium with the duo of Rabiu Ali and Moses Ekpai expected to make a return to the side after missing Wednesday’s defeat to Enyimba due to suspension.
New signing, Bala Zakka, is also expected to make his debut for the Pyramid City side following his move from Enyimba.
The game could also mark the return to action for Gambo Mohammed who is in the squad for the first time this season following the gun shot injury he suffered on their way to honour a week one game against Heartland.
Bayelsa United, the only side yet to record a win in the second stanza, have a chance to end that drought when they go to battle with Sharks in Oghara.
Lobi Stars, fresh from their qualification for the Federation Cup final, will keep a date with FC IfeanyiUbah in Makurdi.
Lobi’s opponents in the final, Akwa United, will host struggling Giwa FC at the Akwa Ibom Stadium.
Rangers have a chance to atone for the disappointment of their Federation Cup exit when they tackle Dolphins in Enugu.