Abia Warriors tie a 'local derby' for Plateau United

With his gaffer facing a side he coached last season, the Peace Boys skipper believes the tie in Umuahia would be anything but a normal setup

Ahead of Kennedy Boboye reunion with Abia Warriors, Elisha Golbe has tagged Plateau United's Nigerian topflight encounter on Sunday a 'local derby'.

In July 2016, Boboye resigned from his post as the Ucendu Babes' coach thus, ending an eight-month tie with the Abia outfit before taking over at the helms of the Peace Boys this season, in a two-year deal.

The former Sunshine Stars handler also nicked the likes of Stanley Okoro, Chima Nduku, John Gaadi and Okoro Obasi from his former employers, all of whom have been instrumental in his charge towards his Nigeria Professional Football League title ambition - as they sit atop the log with five points separating them and closest contender, MFM.

And with a tie at the Umuahia Township Stadium set to take center stage on Sunday, the defender believes the narratives make it nothing short of a 'local derby'.

"I think the match is just going to be like a derby because Boboye coached the team last season and he also had some players [Okoro, Nduku, Gaadi and Obasi] that he brought from there into Plateau United," Golbe told Goal.

"The game is going to be a local derby and that’s why we want to give out our best to make sure that at least we should make the coach, the players and Plateau United proud.

"He [Boboye] has supporters here and also the other players also have theirs. So the match is going to be like a local derby and hopefully we'll make sure we give out our best and get something out of Abia tomorrow.

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On expectations set for the tie, the Jos outfit captain says: "Being the league leaders we come here with high expectations because we want to remain at the top of the table.

"So we come here fully prepared and we do not want to go back empty handed at least. To get something out of Abia to carry back to Jos by God's grace," he concluded.