—3SC Host Abia Warriors; Heartland, Wolves Clash In Owerri
By Adeboye Amosu:
Enyimba and Sunshine Stars face tricky away fixtures on Sunday as both sides continue their push for the Glo Premier League title.
Leaders Enyimba, who have the best away record in the Nigerian top flight this season having picked 17 points on their travels, will confront relegation threatened Sharks at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt.
The Kadiri Ikhana-led side are still without their top scorer, Christain Obiozor, who is out with an injury.
Skipper of the side, Chinedu Udoji, was overlooked by Ikhana in Monday’s 1-0 home win against Taraba United and with the duo of Kamal Sikiru and Markson Ojobo impressing in his absence, he may have to make do with a place on the bench once again.
Fourth-placed Wikki Tourists will hope to capitalise on Sunshine Stars’ poor away record to improve their position on the log.
The Owena Waves have picked only one win on the road in this campaign, but head into the game in good stead following their 5-0 mauling of El-Kanemi Warriors last weekend.
Shooting Stars Sports Club, still basking in the euphoria of their hard fought 2-1 home win on Wednesday against Nasarawa United, will host in-fom Abia Warriors at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.
Third-placed Warri Wolves will keep a date with Heartland in Owerri.
Wolves’ preparations for the game have been marred by the strike action embarked on by the players to protest the non-payment of their salaries and bonuses.
Champions Kano Pillars who lost for the first time at home in 12 years to Nasarawa United last weekend, will travel to Jalingo where they will be guests of Taraba United.
Dolphins will host Akwa United at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt. The Port Harcourt Dwellers will be without their captain, Austine Festus, who is suspended for the tie after bagging a red card in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Rangers in Enugu.
IfeanyiUbah FC and Bayelsa United will slug it out at the Umuahia Township Stadium, while El-Kanemi Warriors and Rangers will keep a date at the Karkanda Stadium, Katsina.
Giwa FC owner Chris Giwa, who has assumed the position of Technical Adviser of the Jos Elephant, will be in the saddle once again when his side entertain Lobi Stars at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
The last game of the weekend will be between Nasarawa United and Kwara United in Lafia.
MATCH DAY 26 FIXTURES
Sharks v Enyimba
Ifeany Ubah v Bayelsa United
Giwa FC v Lobi Stars
Dolphins v Akwa United
El-kanemi v Rangers
Wikki v Sunshine Stars
Heartland v Warri Wolves
3SC v Abia Warriors
Nasarawa v Kwara United
Taraba v Kano Pillars