Hamza Abara expects a tough clash against Kwara United

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Federation Cup 2017 Final - Akwa United vs Niger Tornadoes
Ahead of Sunday's showdown in Minna, the Ikon Allah coach is wary of their neighbours but he is still upbeat about winning

Niger Tornadoes head coach Hamza Abara looks to be facing sleepless nights as he counts down to Sunday's tough clash against Kwara United at the Bako Kontagora Stadium.

The 3-0 loss to MFM FC at Agege Stadium was Abara's side first defeat in nine games since he replaced Erasmus Onuh as the Ikon Allah Boys coach in February and now aims a bounce back.

But they must subdue their former gaffer Abubakar Bala and his Harmony Warriors, who have revenge on their mind after the 2-0 home loss in their season opener at the Kwara Sports Complex.

"I believe Sunday match against Kwara United will be explosive," Abara told media.

"This is because almost all the players that left us will feature for them and It will be more like we are playing ourselves.

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"During the mid-season window, we lost a couple regulars players in the team, which gave us serious work and thinking on how to blend the new signings with the current squad.

"With their recruitment, Kwara United is making it everything possible the drop and you can see that in their last match against Yobe Desert Stars. But we will do our best to win on Sunday."

Niger Tornadoes are fifth with 30 points from 20 outings and will hope to return to winning ways against 18th-placed Kwara United.