Title holders host former coach Salisu Yusuf & tenants Borno Armies in Kaduna, as league leaders’ visit the den of Wolves in Warri, when the NPFL Week 16 ties resume this weekendSATURDAY
SUNSHINE STARS VS NASARAWA UNITED - Akure
The Akure Gunners would seek an outright victory to make right their recent home errors when they host second-placed Solid Miners at the Akure Township Stadium on Saturday.
Sunshine Stars who had their coaches placed on half salaries after recording a disappointing home draw against league leaders Sharks, responded by picking their sixth away point in Bauchi against Gombe United.
Coach Henry Abiodun will be desperate to meet the nine points in four matches ultimatum handed his crew by management with a crucial win over Nasarawa United.
Visiting Nasarawa would have to work extra hard if they fancy coming out of Akure with a positive result.
DOLPHINS VS BAYELSA – Port Harcourt
The Pride of Rivers will target a return to winning ways with home triumph over the Restoration Boys at the Liberation Stadium on Saturday.
Stanley Eguma’s side saw their quest for a result turn out for nothing against Nembe City as they lost 1-0 in Omoku, while visitors Bayelsa United squeezed out victory against Akwa United thanks to Peter Ebimobowei’s fourth goal of the season.
Hosts Dolphins are placed 12th on the table with 18 points from 14 matches while Bayelsa United are fourth with 20 points from 12 matches.
ENYIMBA VS NEMBE CITY - Aba
The People's Elephant would expect express victory when they host the Kala Ekulema Boys at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba on Saturday.
Enyimba who picked their third away point in a 1-1 draw against experienced coach Salisu Yusuf's side at the Kano Pillars Stadium would with no doubt be confident for the maximum points against rejuvenated visiting Nembe City who grabbed their third win of the season in a 1-0 win over Dolphins.
Nembe City are largely considered underdogs and will anticipate grabbing their second away point or try to do the impossible by emulating Abia Warriors.
Nembe City currently bottom of the log with 13 points from 13 matches, while hosts Enyimba are placed 8th with 19 points from 14 matches.
KANO PILLARS VS EL-KANEMI WARRIORS - Kaduna
Sai Masu Gida would aim to extend their unbeaten run to seven games with maximum points against the Borno Army at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Sunday.
The encounter earlier billed for Saturday was shifted to Sunday owing to the African Youth Championship qualifier between the Flying Eagles of Nigeria and their Tanzanian opponents.
Okey Emordi's wards, who are currently banished to Kaduna forced their landlords to a 2-2 draw last Wednesday, will face a stern test against El Kanemi who have been playing in Kano due to the insurgency in Maiduguri.
Both teams and their supporters have revealed plans to storm Kaduna en-masse to wrestle for victory or share the points as El-Kanemi Warriors are desperate to save their season from collapse after being held at home by Enyimba to a 1-1 draw.
ABIA WARRIORS VS CROWN - Umuahia
The Ocendo Warriors would be anxious to return into the top ten for the first time in five weeks with a home victory over the Ajilete Boys at the Umuahia Township Stadium in Umuahia.
Ladan Bosso’s wards have been on a meteoric rise since their second win on the road at Bayelsa United becoming not only the first team to secure two away wins, but first to win on the road with two-goal margins including their latest second away draw at Heartland.
Visiting Lawrence Akpokona’s Crown FC will have a lot to fight for as they are still with no point or win away from home after 14 games and also without an away goal.
Abia Warriors are currently on 13th position with 18 points from 13 games but are two points and seven places behind visiting Crown FC who have played 14 matches.
WARRI WOLVES VS SHARKS - Warri
The Paul Aigbogun’s lads would seek the maximum points to close up on the four-week old league leaders at the Warri Township Stadium on Sunday.
Warri Wolves must regain their winning mentality after suffering their third consecutive away defeat at Crown FC where they lost 2-1 against Sharks who are yet to loss in last six games including narrow 1-0 win over Enugu Rangers – both last Wednesday.
The Seasiders would no doubt lack fire powers with the avaliblity of top goals scorer Gbolahan Salami with five and return of last season top scorer Etebo Oghenekaro from botched trails abroad required to devour the Blue Angels.
Sharks currently occupy the 1st position with 26 points, while their hosts have 20 points on 5th position both from 14 games.
ENUGU RANGERS VS GOMBE UNITED - Enugu
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 that suffered a 1-0 loss at Sharks as pressure mounts on Coach John Obuh over his team’s inconsistent run would seek a revival against Gombe United who’ve failed to win in their last four games and were held Sunshine Stars to a 1-1 at Bauchi.
Visiting Maurice Cooreman’s side that fell into the Relegation Rivers after last two home slips including the 3-2 lost to the title holders for which they were banished to Bauchi by the League Management Company owing to fans violence would be hopeful for of a possible turnaround at Rangers.
Enugu Rangers and Gombe United are both within the bottom six – but the host holds the edge with 17 points in 14 matches placed 16th, while visitors have 14 points from 13 matches sits in the second position from bottom.
FC TARABA VS HEARTLAND – Jalingo
The Pride of Jalingo could bag the three points if they capitalize on the poor run of the Naze Millionaires at the Jalingo City Stadium on Sunday.
FC Taraba who crashed to a shameful 3-1 defeat at Lobi Stars will surely be desperate for a win to prop up into the top six against Heartland who recorded their fifth home draw and seventh of the season against NPFL newcomers Abia Warriors.
The Nduka Ndubisi’s side must be ready for the 90-minutes tough battle against unpredictable Heartland, who picked a draw at Kano Pillars which caused the host and title holders the banishment to Kaduna.
GIWA FC VS KADUNA UNITED - Jos
The Jos’ Elephants could bounce back to winning ways as they await a new substantive coach possibly next week with victory over the Crocodiles at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Sunday.
The Aminu Umar’s team who lost 2-0 at Lobi Stars during the mid week will set new ambitions at securing the all-three points against the Hassan Abubakar’s side that were held at home by the tenant Kano Pillars to a 2-2 draw.
On the other hand, Kaduna United could get their first away win at neighbouring city of Jos if they unleashed their armouries on the Chris Giwa’s sponsored team.
Giwa FC placed 14th with 18 points from 13 matches, while visitors Kaduna United sit in 18th with 15 points from 14 games.
AKWA UNITED VS LOBI STARS - Uyo
The Promise Keepers would embrace the opportunity to rescuing their title ambitions that is fast fading away when they host the Makurdi Bombers at the Uyo Township Stadium on Sunday.
Akwa United who lost 1-0 narrowly to Bayelsa United at Benin needs to step up their games with a home triumph over Evan Ogenyi’s wards that last Wednesday bashed NPFL debutantes FC Taraba 3-1 in Katsina-Ala.
On the road Lobi Stars would aspire for their first away win of the season against Patrick Udoh’s side to break into the top two places on the table.
Hosts Akwa United are seventh on the table with 20 points while visiting Lobi Stars are third with 16 points – both sides from 14 matches.