NPFL Week 24 Previews: Enyimba on revenge mission in Abia derby

Enyimba visit Abia Warriors in Umuahia, Sunshine host Dolphins as Sharks welcome Heartland in the NPFL Week 24 matches – reverse of week four ties on Sunday

The Restoration boys will seek victory with desperation to survive relegation when they welcome fellow strugglers the Crocodiles at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Sunday.

Bayelsa United lost 3-1 at Nasarawa United on Wednesday and will hope to boost their chances of getting out of the drop zone with a home win over Kaduna United that defeated them 2-0 in a week four game in Kaduna.

On the other hand, Kaduna United boosted their survival hopes with a narrow 1-0 home win over Akwa United last Wednesday and will strive to compound the misery of the Bayelsa based team.

Bayelsa United and Kaduna United both share same 27 points after 23 rounds of games.


The Akure Gunners would seek to return to winning ways upon their first game in the second stanza when they host the Pride of Rivers at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday.

Sunshine Stars who lost 2-0 at Giwa FC, will be desperate to restart their campaign and zoom into the top half of the table.

Visiting Dolphins would have to work cut out if they fancy coming out of Akure with a positive result after they won 2-1 at home in a Week four game.

Sunshine Stars occupy the 10th positive with 33 points, while Dolphins are third on the NPFL log after both played 23 games.


The Ajilete boys must ensure their return to winning ways against the Blue Angels at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Sunday.

Crown FC who recorded their fourth consecutive in 1-0 defeat at Dolphins on Wednesday must put up a very fight to halt their worst run of the season with victory over Sharks.

Visiting Sharks would undoubtedly be seeking to add more to the misery of Crown FC in bid to boost their chances for the title after a 3-0 first advantage over the Ogbomoso-based team.

Crown placed 19th on the table with 24 points, while their visitors Sharks are seventh with 34 points from same the 23 matches.


The Pride of Jalingo needs to avoid a home slip against relegation-bound Kala Ekulema Boys at the Jalingo City Stadium on Sunday.

FC Taraba who crashed to a shameful 3-1 defeat at El-Kanemi Warriors will certainly be anxious of a win to zoom into the top ten against Nembe City.

On the road, Nembe City, who managed a 1-0 home win over FC Taraba in their first leg meeting, will hope for at least a draw at Jalingo after they celebrated their second consecutive home win in 1-0 victory over Abia Warriors.

FC Taraba sits in 14th position with 31 points, while visitors Nembe City are bottom-of-the-table with 22 points from 23 matches for both teams.


The Flying Antelopes would take vengeance of their poor run against the struggling Savannah Scorpions at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.

Enugu Rangers who lost 3-2 at Kano Pillars last Wednesday, would seek a revival against Giwa FC, which defeated Sunshine Stars 2-0 at Jos at the midweek.

Visiting Duke Udi’s side that hold a 1-0 first leg win over FC Taraba in Jos, will antipate a positive result in Enugu.

Rangers in 16th position have 28 points, while visitors Giwa FC are placed fifth with 35 points from 23 matches for both teams.


The Naze Millionaires would hope to consolidate return to winning ways with victory over the Savannah Scorpions at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Sunday.

Heartland are without a win in last three matches since 2-0 home victory over Rangers fortnight ago and stands the chance to climb out of the relegation spots with three points against Akwa United.

Visiting opponents Gombe United must pick confidence from a2-0 home win over Lobi Stars and would be hungry to get something at struggling Heartland.

Heartland are 13th on the NPFL log with 31 points from 23 matches, while travelling opponents Gombe United are 15th with 29 points from similar matches.


The Promise Keepers would embrace the opportunity to get their campaign back on track with victory against the Borno Army at the Uyo Township Stadium on Sunday.

Akwa United who lost 1-0 at Kaduna United in an NPFl Week 23 encounter, must secure the lifeline to return to winning ways with a home triumph in the Akwa Ibom capital over their vsitors from Borno.

Guests El-Kanemi Warriors would be aiming for at least their first away point in the second stanza against the Patrick Udoh’s side to boost their league survival.

Hosts Akwa United are 12th on the table, while visiting El-Kanemi Warriors are 11th with both tied on 32points from 23 matches played by both teams.


The Makurdi Bombers must grab the chance to shoot themselves back into continental places with outright home victory over the Solid Miners at the Emmanuel Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala on Sunday.

Lobi Stars who last Wednesday lost 2-0 at Gombe United, will crave to overcome an impressive Nasarawa United to fire up their fast glowing league campaign.

On the road, Nasarawa United who recorded a 3-1 comprehensive victory will fancy pulling a stunt in Kastina-Ala after winning the first leg 2-0 in Lafia.

Lobi Stars are ninth with 34 points from 23 matches, while visiting Nasarawa United occupies the second spot with 38 points from same games.


It's the Abia derby as the People’s Elephants and the Ochedu Warriors meet again in a local duel at the Umuahia Township Stadium in Umuahia on Sunday.

The grudge match between the biggest teams of Abia will most likely be a game to watch out for as hosts Ladan Bosso coached side could come out fighting to pull a point and an upset against the 2013 Federation Cup kings.

While, visiting Kadiri Ikhana’s team who were touted as favourites to win the first leg, will be no doubt be out to avenge their home defeat this season to rivals Abia Warriors after a 1-0 defeat to Abia Warriors in a week four game.

Enyimba and Abia Warriors are only separated by a goal difference – both Abia clubs on fourth and fifthth position respectively with same 36 points from similar 23 matches.


The Seasiders would be anxious for nothing short of victory against the title holders Sai Masu Gida at the Warri Township Stadium on Sunday.

Warri Wolves who succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Enyimba last Wednesday, will after Federation Cup exit focus on kicking-off the remainder of the season on a winning note against Kaduna United.

On the other hand, Kano Pillars would give the Paul Aigbogun's wards a good fight in Warri to return to Kano with a positive result.

Warri Wolves occupies the seventh position with 34 points from 23 games, while Kano Pillars sit on top of the log with 40 points from same matches.