Action continues in the ever exciting Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), as matchday 4 promises to be more exciting with mouth-watering fixtures lined up for this midweek – Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
The First Abia Derby
Top on the pile will be the Abia State Derby which will see high flying Abia Warriors entertain seven time champions, Enyimba FC.
The People’s Elephants will be hoping to get a win at a ground they used as their first home away from home in their over one season long nomadic journey which has seen the Aba-based side play home games at four stadiums across three states.
Enyimba FC have moved on from a poor finish to last season – by their standards – and appointed coach Gbenga Ogunbote who has bolstered the squad with players like Ibrahim Mustapha, who have scored twice in three games.
On the red side of Abia, the Warriors have also galvanized a side which escaped relegation to pose impressive wins in two of their last three games and only lost the third controversially after a last-minute penalty was converted by Remo Stars in Sagamu last weekend.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah v Rivers United
Billionaires FC Ifeanyi Ubah will entertain Rivers United, a club that have seen millions spent on them by the current state government, at Nnewi.
The Anambra Warriors have survived a somewhat average start to the season after losing twice this season – to Kano Pillars in Kano and ABS Ilorin FC in Kwara just over the weekend – but they managed to demolish MFM FC 4-0 in Nnewi in a largely one-sided game.
This fixture is definitely going to be entertaining as FC Ifeanyi Ubah play a sleek game of football, thanks to the playing and coaching staff drawn from countries outside Nigeria, led by coach Yaw Preko and bright Nigerians who have dazzled football fans in their fixtures.
Meanwhile, the Pride of Rivers are in great form, yet to lose a game this season and sit third on the log. Ivorian, Guy Kuemian has scored twice for the Port Harcourt-based club and will be looking to add to his goal tally.
Akwa United v Rangers Int’l FC
Champions, Rangers International FC who only recorded their first win last weekend will aim to compound the woes of Abdul Maikaba-led Akwa United who are still struggling to post their first win of the season, when they visit the beautiful Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
Rangers will be boosted by the return of talisman forward, Chisom Egbuchulam who has returned to the Flying Antelopes after a futile search for greener pastures outside the shores of Nigeria.
Gombe United v Plateau United
Early leaders, Plateau United will visit Pantami stadium to take on newly-promoted Gombe United as they look to consolidate on their lead.
The Jos club have beaten all clubs they faced this season scoring eight times and conceding just three.
Garba Manu-led Gombe United will look to continue to avoid relegation as they would love to fancy their chances for a win against the boys managed by coach Kennedy Boboye.
In other fixtures, Sunshine Stars of Akure will host Kano Pillars, El-Kanemi Warriors will welcome fellow northerners Katsina United to Maiduguri, second placed ABS Ilorin FC will visit Lobi Stars of makurdi in an all North-Central derby, Remo Stars will continue their topflight league football adventure at Nasarawa United, while Niger Tornadoes, who lost 1-0 to Rivers United and are under huge pressure to perform, will entertain Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
South West Derby (3SC v MFM FC)
Shooting Stars SC of Ibadan will welcome rampant MFM FC in another regional derby slated for this midweek.
The Olukoya Boys have scored seven times in two home games but were dismal in their last away outing – a 4-0 loss to FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Nnewi.
The Lagos side boasts of an inform Stephen Odey, who has netted four times already and Shooting Stars defenders will definitely have a lot of work on their hands.
Here is a summary of all the games and their respective match venues:
• Abia Warriors v Enyimba FC (Umuahia Township Stadium, Umuahia)
• Akwa United v Rangers Int’l FC (Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo)
• El-Kanemi Warriors v Katsina United (Elkanemi Sports Complex, Maiduguri)
• Gombe United v Plateau United (Pantami International Stadium, Gombe)
• FC Ifeanyi Ubah v Rivers United (Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi)
• Lobi Stars v ABS Ilorin FC (Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi)
• Nasarawa United v Remo Stars (Lafia City Stadium, Lafia)
• Niger Tornadoes v Wikki Tourists (Confluence Stadium, Lokoja)
• Shooting Stars SC v MFM FC (Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan)
• Sunshine Stars v Kano Pillars (Akure Township Stadium, Akure)
Kick-off is 4:00pm for all games.