NPFL Week 21 Previews: Giwa visit Kano Pillars, Crown host Lobi Stars

Mid-week action resumes as Giwa visit Pillars, El-Kanemi welcome Wolves & Sharks host Bayelsa Utd in the NPFL Week 21 fixtures – a reverse of Week 1 ties on Wednesday

The league leaders would aim to return to winning ways with victory against the Jos Elephants at the Kano Pillars Stadium, Kano on Wednesday.

Pillars recorded a narrow 1-0 defeat at Dolphins to have their eleven matches unbeaten run ended in a Week 20 encounter in Port Harcourt, but remain unmoved at the top of the league table.

Okey Emordi's wards will welcome coach Duke Udi's boys who just missed out of playing in their first ever Federation Cup finals following a 1-0 defeat to defending champions Enyimba.

Despite being held at home to a 1-1 draw in Jos by the title holders, Giwa will anticipate getting a draw in Kano to boost their continental ticket push.

The visitors are 4th with 31 points, while the hosts top the league table with 34 points from 20 matches respectively.


The Blue Angels have been provided the chance to fire into the top-two spot if they ensure victory against the Restoration boys at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Despite their slim 1-0 away defeat at Akwa United, Sharks still hang in the top 10 in push to return to the summit.

Visiting Bayelsa United would seek to pick an away point in Uyo to boost their hopes of remaining in the top flight next season after a 1-0 home victory in a Week 20 game against Crown FC.

Sharks are eighth with 30 points from 20 matches while visiting, Crown are 17th with 24 points from 20 games.


The Kala Ekulema Boys would ambitiously be hopeful of victory in their first home game of the second stanza when they host the People Elephants at their adopted home ground Omoku Township Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Nembe City who lost 2-0 at Rangers in the first leg of the season must take proactive measures to save their league campaign from wreck against Imama Amapakabo’s wards that will be also anxious to resurrect their season form at Enugu.

The host are bottom of the table with 16 points from 20 matches, while visitors Rangers occupy 13th position with 27 points from similar games.


The Borno Army can get the revenge over the Seasiders in the Kano city’s doubleheader at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano on Wednesday.

The Salisu Yusuf’s side who lost 1-0 at Warri Wolves in the first stanza and also crashed in a 2-0 defeat at
Rangers in their opening game of the second stanza would seek nothing less that all-three point against Warri Wolves.

El-Kanemi Warriors’ would be desperate to preserve their home against the Wolves who seeks another upset on the road after their narrow 1-0 home win over Kaduna United.

El-Kanemi have garnered 26 points and sits on the 16th position, while visitors Warri Wolves are 5th with 31 points from same 20 games.


The Crocodiles have many reasons to record win when they face the Ocendo Warriors at the Kaduna Township Stadium in Kaduna on Wednesday.

Outside the hosts 2-0 defeat at Abia Warriors earlier this season, the battle against relegation resumes for
Kaduna United at home against Abia Warriors despite their late 1-0 loss at Warri Wolves in a Week 20 encounter.

On the other path, visiting Abia Warriors will set out to add to the misery of Kaduna boys and boost their chase for continental ticket with the maximum points.

Kaduna United placed 18th on the NPFL log with 21 points from 20 matches, while Abia Warriors are high-up in 2nd with 33 points from similar games.


The Solid Miners would have to wrestle for an outright victory when file out against the Pride of Jalingo at the Lafia Township Stadium in Lafia on Wednesday.

Nasarawa United who were defeated 2-1 at Abia Warriors in a week 20 game, must pay FC Taraba in their own coin after the first leg 1-0 in Jalingo, if they still harbour hopes of winning the league title.

Visiting Jalingo-based team, who secured a slim 1-0 home win over Gombe United, must build upon the confidence going against the Baba Ganaru's Nasarawa United.

Nasarawa United hangs in 3rd position with 31 points from 20 games, while FC Taraba resides in 12th spot with 27 points from same matches.


The Savannah Scorpions must in view of reviving their league campaign and record their first home win under new coach Augustine Equavoen against the Promise Keepers at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe on Wednesday.

The Gombe boys suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at FC Taraba, the first defeat for Eguavoen, who took over the technical crew at Gombe following the exit of Belgian coach Maurice Cooreman will need maximum points.

On the other hand, impressive Patrick Udoh’s lads are likely to pose a lot of threats for positive result in Gombe in quest to challenge for the top spot.

On the road, Akwa United are sixth with 31points from 20 games, while home side Gombe United are only one place above the bottom of the table with 20points from same matches.


The Ajilete boys will preserve their home and push for victory to boost the stay in the elite division when they host the Murkudi Bombers at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Home side, Crown FC lost 1-0 at Bayelsa United in Benin while travellers, Lobi Stars who recorded 2-1 home win over Heartland both in week 20 ties will fight it out for the maximum points in Ibadan.

The Lawrence Akpokona’s side must stay awake with both eyes opened all through the 90 minutes to avoid any slip against visiting Evans Ogenyi’s team who would fear for nothing but to consolidate on their 1-0 first leg win over the Ogbomoso boys.

Crown placed 17th on the log table with 24 points and their August visitors Lobi Stars with 28 points on 11th position from 21 matches for both teams.


The Pride of Rivers must take their own pan of the flesh of the Naze Millionaires when they both lock horns at the Liberation stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Dolphins who pulled off a vital 1-0 home win against Kano Pillars, can grab a successive home win with maximum points against Heartland who they lost 1-0 to in Enugu in the first half of the season.

Visiting Stanley Eguma’s side will be motivated to win after zooming into the final of the Federation Cup for the first after seven years to face Enyimba, but may have a lot to fight for against the Ransom Madu's boys.

Dolphins currently sit on the 7th position with 30 points while visitors, Heartland are 14th with 27 points similar matches.


The People’s Elephant must replicate their impressive Federation Cup run to challenge for a double with victory over the Akure Gunners at the Enyimba Stadium on Wednesday.

With Kadiri Ikhana in the saddle for Enyimba, his reign seems to bring a lot to glorious fun fair for the
Aba-based club after reaching their fifth successive final of the Federation Cup edging out Giwa FC 1-0 in Abeokuta.

The six-time league winners must show purpose in their bid for a double with outright victory over Sunshine Stars who they held to a 0-0 draw in Akure.

Though will be motivated by their form away from home this season, Sunshine Stars will undoubtedly prove a hard nut to crack in bid preserve their unbeaten run.

Enyimba are 10th with 29 points, while visiting Sunshine Stars sits a place above the host with 30 points from 20 games for both clubs.