There will be just six league games this weekend in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) due to the continental engagements of four NPFL clubs.
Remo Stars v Lobi Stars
In Sagamu, newly appointed head coach Fatai Osho will start his second stint with Remo Stars when Lobi Stars come visiting. Lobi Stars suspended Coach Godwin Uwua for three weeks following a barren draw at home to Katsina United but will face a tough nut to crack as the Sky Blues coach have promised that clubs will no longer pick points in Sagamu as he targets a continental finish.
Plateau United v Niger Tornadoes
Table toppers Plateau United will look to extend the gap at the top when they welcome motivated Niger Tornadoes in Jos. The Kennedy Boboye-tutored side only recorded their first loss this season to a resurgent Akwa United side last weekend and will look to consolidate on the three point gap at the top as the three closest clubs on the table will not be in action this weekend as a result of their opponents’ continental engagements.
Nasarawa United v Sunshine Stars
Nasarawa United, buoyed by an impressive 3-1 victory last weekend over visiting Abia Warriors, will try to continue the good home run when they entertain faltering Sunshine Stars, who have only gotten eight points in eight games this season, at the Lafia City Stadium. The Solid Miners on their own are only one point better.
Abia Warriors v El-Kanemi Warriors
In the only game to be beamed live on TV, Abia Warriors will take on El-kanemi Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium. Abia Warriors conceded three and El-kanemi scored three last weekend but with the Maiduguri club not being able to replicate their home form away from home, Abia Warriors will be disappointed with a draw in this game as they look to leapfrog teams above them into the top three.
Gombe United v Akwa United
Newcomers, Gombe United will wait for a resurgent Akwa United at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe. The Desert scorpions are yet to lose a game at home this season but a dismal away form leave them with only 10 points so far. Akwa on the other hand, seem to have rediscovered the Maikaba magic as they have only lost once in the last four games, to Enyimba, successfully halting the unbeaten run of leaders, Plateau United in Uyo last weekend.
Katsina United v Shooting Stars SC
Katsina United will hope to compound the woes of Shooting Stars at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina. Shooting Stars have struggled this season and find themselves in an early relegation battle after amassing only seven points from a possible 18 and have two games in hand.
All matches are scheduled for Sunday with kick-off expected to be by 4pm.
Postponed matchday 9 games:
Rivers United v ABS Ilorin FC
Wikki Tourists v MFM FC
Rangers Int’l FC v Kano Pillars
Enyimba FC v FC Ifeanyi Ubah