NPFL: Rangers Face Tough Rivers United Test As Pillars, Enyimba Clash

NPFL: Rangers Face Tough Rivers United Test As Pillars, Enyimba Clash

By Johnny Edward:

 

Reigning Nigerian Professional League champions Enugu Rangers face a daunting task on Sunday when they travel to Port Harcourt to face last season's runners-up Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, a venue where United have never lost a competitive game. 

 

The Imama Amapakabo-led champions will be kee  to record consecutive wins for the first time this season (their fourth win of the campaign) against Rivers United, 

currently placed 16th in the NPFL standings with 11 points from nine matches.

 

Last season both teams emerged winners in the home fixture and from their last 18 meetings they have recorded seven wins each, with four ending in draws. Rangers are in 14th place with two games in hand just like their hosts.

 

Fourth-placed MFM will be eager to maintain their unbeaten run in front of their home fans at the 'Soccer Temple' in Agege on Sunday when they take on Remo Stars. The Olukoya Boys lost on the road to Katsina United in midweek,  their third defeat of the season after nine games  while Fatai Osho's side will be targeting his first win in charge of the team after recording three straight 1-1 draws against Lobi Stars, Shooting Stars and Kano Pillars.

 

At the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Pillars, unbeaten in their last four games, will be hoping to pile more misery on Enyimba of Aba who have failed to win in their last three games. The Sai Masu Gida snatched a crucial point on the road on Wednesday away to Remo Stars in Sagamu while Enyimba were held to a goalless draw by Shooting Stars at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, the People's Elephant's temporary home.

 

At the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, Shooting Stars, winless in their last four games, host current NPFL leaders Plateau United as they search for their third win of the season. The Oluyole Warriors' only wins this season have come against Lobi Stars and Rivers United in front of their home fans. Plateau have recorded only one win, two draws and two defeats in their five away games this season.

 

Lobi Stars will be keen to inflict a sixth league defeat on Gombe United who face a huge task against the Markudi side at the Aper Aku Stadium. Lobi have not lost at home this season. They have recorded four wins and a draw in their five home matches this season.

 

FC Ifeanyiubah will look to record their fourth win of the campaign against Abia Warriors at the FC IfeanyiUbah International Stadium.

Other fixtures on Sunday will see Niger Tornadoes take on Nasarawa United at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in a Northern derby, while Akwa United's impressive home form will be put to the test by El-Kanemi Warriors. Sunshine Stars will aim to bounce back to winning ways after their 3-1 defeat away to El Kanemi Warriors when they host Wikki Tourists.

 

 

 

NPFL MATCHDAY 12 FIXTURES

 

Niger Tornadoes vs  Nasarawa United     

FC IfeanyiUbah vs   Abia Warriors       

Akwa United vs     El-Kanemi Warriors  

Lobi Stars vs     Gombe United     

ABS F.C. vs    Katsina United      

Rivers United  vs    Enugu Rangers     

Kano Pillars vs    Enyimba            

Sunshine Stars vs   Wikki Tourists FC   

Shooting Stars  vs   Plateau United      

MFM FC vs     Remo Stars     

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