By Wale Quadry
Enugu Rangers and Kano Pillars will go head-to-head on Saturday at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in one of the “must-see” games this weekend.
Friday 21 March 2014
Heartland FC v Sharks FC -Having lost five points out of the available six, Heartland Fc are expected to fire from all cylinders when they host Sharks FC this weekend at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri. Sharks are 9th in the Glo Premier League with three points, while Heartland are 14th with one point after two rounds of matches. The Blue Angels lost their first away game to Bayelsa United 1-0, while Heartland drew their first home match. Sharks gaffer, Gbenga Ogunbote had earlier stated that his Boys will not return empty handed from Owerri. It’s going to be a difficult game for both sides.
Enugu Rangers v Kano Pillars -This is arguably the biggest game of this round as one-time African Coach of the year, Okey Emordi who is now Kano Pillars coach, makes a return to his former club looking to get a favourable result. Rangers on the other hand are desperate on their part to get their season started with a home win which will serve as a morale booster for them. Pillars were unable to win last weekend against Sunshine Stars last weekend while the home side suffered a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Enyimba.
Crown FC v Dolphins FC -NPFL newcomers, Crown FC will be welcoming Dolphins FC at the Lekan Salami Stadium in a league tie this Saturday. The Pride of Port Harcourt started their league campaign on a good note when they grind out their first a way point of the season against Heartland FC in game week one. The 2012 Federation Cup quarter finalists have three points to their credit in their first home game, they must be very careful when they set out against Dolphins who have not been easy to crack for any home team in recent time.
FC Taraba v El-Kanemi Warriors -El-Kanemi Warriors will be guest to Taraba FC at Jolly Nyame Stadium in an NPFL game on Saturday. Both teams lost their last match, this will be the second time Warriors will be playing away from home, they are good travellers, they are capable of stunning home teams. FC Taraba have a difficult mission to accomplish this weekend, I don’t see them coming out of this game with full points.
Akwa United v Kaduna United -The Promise Keepers are doing fine at the moment, they have amassed four points from the available six, they forced Nasarawa United to a one all draw in their first away game of the season, they will be going into this game with a lot of confidence. Kaduna United on the other hand are yet to pick a point on the road this season, although this match will be their second away game of the season. Getting a point in Uyo will be a tall order for the Crocodiles.
Lobi Stars v Gombe United – The likes of Terka Malai, Stephen Eze, Phillip Asuq and co will be on duty for Evans Ogenyi side as they face Gombe United on Sunday at the Emmanuel Atongo Stadium. Lobi lost their last game to Sharks FC by a lone goal while the Desert Scorpions drew theirs. For sometimes now, Lobi have not lost to Gombe United at home, they will be looking for a way to keep that record as they go into this duel.
Wednesday 26 March 2014
Warri Wolves v Enyimba – The Seasiders and Enyimba of Aba will light up the Warri City Stadium next Wednesday when both teams meet. The two sides won their last game at home, they have a lot of momentum as they go into this clash. It’s going to be a tricky encounter for both sides. The two clubs have an avalanche of experienced players in their fold who are capable of grinding out results.
Bayelsa United v Nasarawa United – Bayelsa United are third on the table with 4 points, they will be hosting Solid Miners at the Sapele Township Stadium on Wednesday. Nasarawa United lost their last away game to FC Taraba 2-1, this will be their second away game of the season. Bayelsa United are very solid at home, they have not drop a point at home in their last eight league games.