NPFL Week 25 Previews: Sharks, Dolphins tango in Port Harcourt derby

The Garden City hosts Dolphins & Sharks in a local derby as Abia visit Pillars & Taraba meets Enyimba in the NPFL Week 25 fixtures – reverse of week five games this weekend
Saturday - 23rd August, 2014


Another big derby clash to watch out for this weekend in the Garden City as the Pride of Rivers will be up against their city rivals the Blue Angels at the Liberation Stadium on Saturday.

Dolphins got an important away point in a goalless draw at Sunshine Stars on Sunday to fire themselves into contention in the race for the league title.

The Stanley Eguma's men will gladly hope to consolidate on their improve chances for a double with maximum points against their visiting neighbours who they held to a 0-0 in their first meeting this season.

Visiting Sharks will consider the city derby with Dolphins as a mean to boost their challenge for a domestic trophy should they record a victory.

Dolphins occupy second position with 38 points, while rivals Sharks are 12th with 34 points in similar 24 matches.


The Borno Army would target all-three points when they host the Restoration Boys at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano on Saturday,

The Salisu Yusuf’s side who lost 1-0 at Akwa United last Sunday, must regain their winning momentum by consolidating on the 1-1 draw against Bayelsa United in a Week-four game in Sapele.

On the road, visiting strugglers Bayelsa United that would be desperate for at least a point at Kano after first draw and 3-0 home win over Kaduna United all three-goal courtesy of joint-league top scorer Peter Ebimobowei.

El-Kanemi Warriors on 13th position garnered 29 points, while visitors Bayelsa United are 16th with 30 points from same 24 games.


League leaders can extend their lead at the top with a comprehensive victory against visiting Ochedu Warriors at the Kano Pillars Stadium, Kano on Saturday.

Kano Pillars who are smarting from their 2-1 narrow defeat at Warri Wolves, though still hangs on summit of the league table will be anxious for victory when they welcome Coach Ladan Bosso's boys in top-five clash.

However, Abia Warriors who were held to a 3-3 draw by Enyimba in an Abia derby will seek to avenge their first home slip after a goalless home win with title holders in their first meeting this season.

Visitors Abia Warriors are fifth with 37 points, while hosts top the league table with 37 points from 22 matches respectively.


Austin Eguaveon will charge his Gombe United's wards to play out their hearts to earn the maximum points against fellow-strugglers Ajilete boys at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe on Saturday.

The Savannah Scorpions who suffered a 2-0 loss at Heartland last Sunday, will hope for an outright victory to bolster their campaign against relegation from the elite division.

On the other hand, relegation-threatened Akpokona's team would be desirous of upsetting all odds to secure at least their first away point of the season in bid for survival.

Hosts and Visitors Gombe United and Crown FC are 17th and 18th on the table with 29 and 27 points respectively from 24 matches.


The Akure Gunners must help Coach Abiodun Henry retain his job by recording a big win when they host the People's Antelopes at the Akure Township Stadium on Saturday.

Sunshine Stars were held at home to a 0-0 by Federation Cup finalist Dolphins and have to rediscover their winning root in quest for a respectable finish this season against Coach John Obuh's Rangers from Enugu.

Visiting Rangers 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 are 11th with 34 points, while Rangers are 16th on the league table with 31 points after both played 24 games.

Sunday - 24th August, 2014


The Solid Miners would hope to avoid any slip at home against rejuvenated Naze Millionaires at the Lafia Township Stadium in Lafia on Sunday.

Nasarawa United, who pulled off a vital point in 1-1 draw at Heartland in a week-four game, must keep their home winning sharp in bid to remain in contention for the title this season.

Visiting Owerri-based club, that now looks a difference side to one which hosted the Baba Ganaru's Nasarawa United, will confidently storm Lafia in search for a precious result.

Nasarawa United are third with 38 points from 24 games, while Heartland stays in 16th spot with 27 points from same matches.


The Jos' Elephant would be desperate to returning to winning ways against the Seasiders at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Sunday.

Giwa FC will welcome back their first choice goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke from national duties with the Flying Eagles against the Paul Aigbogun's men.

Chris Giwa's sponsored team, who lost 1-0 at Enugu Rangers on last Sunday, must ensure nothing short of victory against Warri Wolves who defeated them 1-0 at Warri.

The visiting team will take positives from though hard-fought 2-1 victory over the title holders on Sunday in quest to shock the Duke Udi’s ward in Jos.

Hosts Giwa are eighth with 35 points, while guests Warri Wolves occupy sixth position with 37 points - both from 24 matches.


 The People’s Elephant will hope to entend their unbeaten run to five games with a crucial win against the Pride of Jalingo at the Enyimba International Stadium on Sunday.

With Kadiri Ikhana rated as Enyimba's best ever coach by its defender Ojo Markson after they recorded a 3-3 draw in last Sunday's Abia derby in Umuahia, will seek to step up their quest for a double.

The visitors FC Taraba, who won the first leg encounter in Jalingo 1-0 in a Week Four game, would desire to upset the Elephants in Aba.

Enyimba are fourth with 37 points, while FC Taraba are 14th with 34 points in 24 games played by both clubs.


The Kala Ekulema Boys would seek to record unbeaten in three games for the first time this season with another home victory over the Promise Keepers at the Omoku Township Stadium in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Nembe City who surprisingly grabbed their first away point of the season in a 1-1 draw at FC Taraba will be desirous of a victory to ensure their elite division's survival bid against Akwa United, who will be on the lookout for their second away league win.

The hosts rock bottom of the league table with 23 points from 24 matches, while visitors AKwa United are ninth with 35 points from similar games.


The Crocodiles must renew their bid for relegation survival by getting a clinical victory when they host the Markudi Bombers at the Kaduna Township Stadium in Kaduna on Sunday.

The hosts who saw Peter Ebimobowei’s hat-trick condemned them to a 3-0 defeat at Bayelsa United on Sunday, needs to avoid a slip at home against Lobi Stars that defeated them 1-0 in the first leg this season.

On the other side, visiting Lobi Stars who earned a 1-0 home victory over Nasarawa United, must show great winning mentality to come out of Kaduna with a positive result in brightening their chances for continental ticket.

Kaduna United are placed 19 on the NPFL log with 27 points, while Lobi Stars are seventh with 37 points from similar 24 games.

Sharks, Dolphins tango in PH Derby