Action resumes in the League with the Week 15 fixtures across the country as the Seasiders visit the Ajilete boys and the Restoration boys welcome the Promise KeepersBy Samuel Ahmadu
KADUNA UNITED VS KANO PILLARS - Kaduna
The invigorated Crocodiles may be facing one of their biggest tests of the season when they tackle the title holders at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Wednesday.
Kaduna United that are undefeated in their last two home games despite narrow 1-0 loss to Enyimba in Aba will bank on the prowess of top scorer Isah Aminu for victory to jet out of relegation zone.
Visitors Kano Pillars, who were banished to Kaduna owing to crowd violence at Heartland continue to rise on the table after a scratchy campaign start with a six-match unbeaten run, will plot tactics for the home crash of Hassan Abububakar’s team.
EL-KANEMI WARRIORS VS ENYIMBA - Kano
The Borno Armies must utilize the advantage of playing at home to better improve their own lot on the league table with victory over the People’s Elephants at the Kano Pillars Stadium on Wednesday.
On the road, Enyimba who recorded a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Kaduna United through the individual brilliance of newly recruited Sani Kaita would no doubt be pregnant of hopes for chance to pull off an away win from home of the midweek.
Interestingly, the Salisu Yusuf’s lads are just sitting a place above the relegation zone in 16th, but the maximum points against difficult Imama Amapakabo’s team could see them soar as high as twelve places on the table.
BAYELSA UNITED VS AKWA UNITED - Benin
The Restoration boys after receiving approval to play the rest of the home games at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin will welcome the Promise Keepers to end their disappointing two successive defeats of the season.
Bayelsa United that in their last two suffered 2-1 defeat at FC Taraba and 3-1 home loss to Abia Warriors must mastermind victory against Akwa United to avoid slipping into the bottom four.
On the other hand, the Patrick Udoh’s wards must be hungry for another positive result away at Sapele against the Richard Bubagha’s side who need to regain their lost winning mentality.
LOBI STARS VS FC TARABA – Katsina-Ala
The Makurdi Bombers can capitalize on the home advantage in regaining their winning momentum against the Pride of Jalingo at the Emmanuel Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala on Wednesday.
Lobi Stars despite their last Sunday’s late 2-1 loss at Abia Warriors after an early lead need an outright victory to break into the top four this midweek against another NPFL newcomer FC Taraba who managed a 2-1 win over Bayelsa United at the weekend.
Interestingly, visiting Tijani Babangida’s side that sits a place above their host despite tie on 19 points but with a goal deficit advantage would hope to remain above their host on the table by giving their all for at least a point.
CROWN FC VS WARRI WOLVES - Ibadan
The Ajilete boys must sought after a victory over the Seasiders at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan to return into the top half of the table on Wednesday.
The Lawrence Apkokona’s side though lost 2-0 at Enugu Rangers last weekend, though undefeated at home must be clinical to avoid worsening their own problems and avoid been wasteful in front of goal.
Result in Ibadan for visiting Warri Wolves remains a possibility if they show ambition and leverage on the availability of the in-form NPFL joint-top scorer and Ibadan fans’ favourites Gbolahan Salami who has six goals to his account in their party.
GOMBE UNITED VS SUNSHINE STARS - Gombe
The Savannah Scorpions would not ask for better opportunity than this to save their campaign from collapse when they host the Akure Gunners at the Patami Stadium, Gombe on Wednesday.
The Maurice Cooreman’s side had their campaign suffering a huge setback after two defeats in a row in 3-2 home loss to Kano Pillars and 1-0 defeat at Giwa FC must recover and better fast with a comprehensive victory over the Henry Abiodun’s team.
The away side, Sunshine Stars who failed to guard their own backyard as they were stunned by league leaders with a 3-3 comeback draw would hope to continue on their impressive form on the road.
NASARAWA UNITED VS GIWA FC - Lafia
The Solid Miners could go top if they win against the Jos’ Elephants at the Lafia Township Stadium with hopes for other results go in their favour on Wednesday.
Nasarawa United that lost 2-0 at Kaduna to Kano Pillars last Saturday would hang on their home fans to beat their northern neighbours, Giwa FC who ensured a clinical 1-0 home victory over Gombe United thanks to goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke’s brilliance that denied the visitors.
Visiting Chris Giwa’s sponsored team would count on their in-form goalkeeper to stun the Baba Ganaru’s side in Lafia.
NEMBE CITY VS DOLPHINS - Omoku
The Kala Ekulema Boys would hopes for their first double victory of the season against the Pride of Rivers at the Krisdera Stadium, Omoku on Wednesday.
Nembe City that got their third win of the season against El-Kanemi Warriors must replicate the same character to edge Dolphins who also managed a 1-0 victory over Akwa United would aim for an away win in bid to remain in the top ten.
HEARTLAND VS ABIA WARRIORS -Owerri
The Naze Millionaires can finally get themselves out of the bottom four with the maximum points against the Ochendu Warriors at the Dan Inyam Stadium, Owerri on Wednesday.
Hearltand who last week appointed Prince Ibeh Okechukwu as General following the dismissal of Fan Ndubuoke recorded a 1-0 defeat at Warri Wolves would not be focus on winning to improve their place on the table.
Ladan Bosso’s side would anticipate extending their two consecutive win in a row - with 3-1 win at Bayelsa United and 2-1 home win over Lobi Stars after becoming their first team with two away wins in the current season.
SHARKS VS RANGERS – Port Harcourt
The Blue Angels would hope to stay atop for the fourth week in the running with victory against the Flying Antelopes at the Sharks Stadium in Port-Harcourt on Wednesday.
Sharks that continued their impressive run of the season with a comeback 3-3 draw at Sunshine Stars last Sunday would seek to stress their undefeated run to in at least five NPFL games against Enugu Rangers.
John Obuh’s wards will be desperate to halt the Gbenga Ogunbote’s side title ambition inside the Garden City.