NPFL Week 11 Previews: Sharks host Enyimba, Warri Wolves visit Akwa Utd

Action resumes in the Nigeria Premier League with the Week 11 fixtures across ten centres on Wednesday following the conclusion of States' Federation Cup finals last weekend

The Promise Keepers would welcome a chance to bring themselves into reckoning for the title with a victory over the visiting Seasiders at the Uyo Township Stadium.

With lots of tension generated in the media over the security of Uyo, the unfazed Akwa United would seek nothing outside three points while the unpredictable visiting Warri Wolves plot another positive result on the road to consolidate on their recent improved form.

Patrick Udoh's team and Paul Aigbogun’s lads both recorded similar narrow 1-0 victories in their various Federation Cup finals over Ibom Youths and Bobbies United to emerge champions of Akwa Ibom and Delta states respectively last Sunday.

Hosts Akwa are fifth on the league table with 15 points while visiting Wolves are second with 17 points - both from 10 matches.



The Restoration Boys would begin serving their bannishment from Sapele with quest to break into the top ten against the Flying Antelopes at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Wednesday.

Bayelsa United, who recorded a shameful exit from the continent after a two-leg 3-0 aggregate defeat to Sewe Sports of Cote D'Iviore and state Federation Cup final defeat to struggling arch-rivals Nembe City, must target nothing short of victory to redeem their domestic campaign.

On the other hand, visiting Rangers will hope for a priceless away victory in Sapele to better their fortunes in the campaign and add to the misery of the hosts.

Bayelsa United are placed 13th with 11points from seven games, while 10th placed Rangers have 14 points from 10 matches.



The Solid Miners can improve their position on the standings with an outright home victory against the Borno armies at the Lafia Township Stadium on Wednesday.

The Babaganaru Muhammed tutored Nasarawa United will take motivations from their latest success at winning the state Federation Cup final after a 3-0 thrashing of Police Machine while the Salisu Yusuf led El-Kanemi Warriors won't be lower in spirit as they also edged their city Juniors to 1-0 victory.

Interestingly, though both sides identically with 15 points, 6th placed Nasarawa United are still three spots behind visitors, El-kanemi Warriors owing to three goals advantage.



The Crocodiles would be out for maximum points against the Pride of Rivers to end their five consecutive winless run at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Wednesday.

Despite the exit of Ben Duamlong after 2-1 defeat to Sharks and the takeover of Hassan Abubakar as coach, Kaduna United's troubles lingers as they are yet to record a win in their last five matches in all competition including a state Federation Cup final 3-2 loss to second-tier rivals, Ranchers Bees last Sunday.

However, for visiting Stanley Eguma's boys, the maximum points look possible as they would hope implement the script of league leaders and archrivals Sharks at Kaduna.

9th placed visiting Dolphins with 14 points are eleven places and six points richer than their host on the NPL standings.



The Savannah Scorpions must avoid a slip at in battle for victory when they welcome the Kala Ekulema Boys at the Pantami Stadium on Wednesday.

The Maurice Cooreman's side who bashed Yarma Light 3-0 to emerge champions in the Gombe State Federation Cup seeks another victory off their rejuvenated visitors Nembe City who defeated Bayelsa United in Bayelsa State Cup final will aim to turn around their awful campaign with a win in Gombe.

Travellers Nembe City are bottom of the log with just 4points from eight games, while hosts Gombe United are four places and seven points higher than their visitors though just a spot above the drop zone.



It’s another battle of the elite division's newcomers as the Pride of Jalingo and the Ocendo Warriors lock horns at the Jalingo City Stadium on Wednesday.

FC Taraba who recorded a 2-1 win over Jalingo United to win Taraba FA Cup last Sunday while their opponents Abia Warriors had a 1-0 loss to Enyimba at Umuahia promises plenty drama as both sides tutored by Nduka Ndubisi and Ladan Bosso respectively would seek three points to shoot into the first ten places.

Only a point separate both sides - with 12th placed hosts on 12 points with a game in hand while visiting Abia Warriors are two places behind their host and above the relegation places with 11 points in 10 matches.


The Makurdi bombers would seek to push for a place in the top four by pulling off a victory against the Akure Gunners at the Emmanuel Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala on Wednesday.

Lobi Stars who were awarded winners of the Benue State FA Cup after second-tier Apa United discontinued the game in the disputed final will welcome in-form Sunshine Stars that recorded an outright 2-0 victory over Greater Tomorrow.

The Evan Ogenyi’s side must for 90 minutes put-on their winning character if they hope to edge the Solomon Ogbeide’s led visitors from Akure having recorded two away draws against – Kano Pillars and Rangers.

Lobi Stars are fifth with nine points from six games while visiting Nembe City with a point from four matches’ rocks bottom of the log.


The Naze Millionaires can consolidate on their new found good form with victory over the Jos' Elephants at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Wednesday.

Heartland who had since their first season victory against Enyimba, incredible draw at Kano Pillars including latest 2-0 win over Police Machine in the Imo State Federation Cup final met their much-wanted turning point after earlier dismal four consecutive draws at home.

The rejuvenated Ramson Madu’s side must replicate their fighting spirit against Enyimba if hold any dream of thrashing highflying newcomers Giwa FC who will pose a big threat in Owerri.

Heartland is third-from-bottom with 10 points in ten matches, while travelling opponents, Giwa FC are fourth on the table with fifteen points from similar matches.



The Oyo State Federation Cup champions could return into the top five add to the misery of the title holders if they secure the maximum points at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Disappointingly, the attack-sick Ajilete boys and the financially-boosted Sai Masu gida's side suffered the same fate at home as they both slipped against their respective bottom-of-the-table opponents - Nembe City and Heartland.

But, the positives for both sides are Federation Cup final successes where Crown defeated Shooting Stars via penalty while opponents Kano Pillars emerged Kano State Federation Cup champions after 4-1 walloping of Sky Academy.

After ten matches, Crown placed 11th on the table is three points better than their visitors, Kano Pillars with 10 points on 17th position from nine matches.



Two-week old NPL leaders can preserve their place at the top of the table if they manage to see-off the People's Elephants at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Sharks must put behind disappointment from defeat in Rivers State Federation Cup final to neighbours Dolphins, as opponents Enyimba who avenged their league home loss with 1-0 win over rivals Abia Warriors in the Abia State Cup final seek positive away result.

However, Imama Amapakabor's side would play out their heart bearing in mind that a win against Gbenga Ogunbote's side in Port Harcourt could positively improve their dreams for title.

Sharks are on top the table with 18 points from ten matches while visiting, Enyimba are eighth with 14 points with an outstanding game.