NPFL Week 2 Preview

Action continues this weekend in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)  with two  massive games to look out for. Enyimba of Aba and Enugu Rangers will be trading tackles as the former league champions go head-to-head. Another interesting game will be in Kano,  where Kano Pillars and Sunshine Stars will be engaging themselves in a fierce contest.

halftimeng enyimbaEnyimba v Enugu Rangers
Enyimba fans will have a great moment to savour on Sunday at Enyimba International Stadium as the biggest game of the Match Day between the Aba Warriors and the Flying Antelopes’ takes center stage.Enugu Rangers will be playing their first game of the season while Enyimba will be playing the second of the new NPFL season,  Enyimba drew their first game against Sunshine Stars on Thursday. Both teams have met 19 times in Oriental derby, Enyimba have the highest number of wins leaving Rangers with only six wins. It’s not going to be an easy ride for the visitors.

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Kano Pillars v Sunshine Stars
Coming from a disappointing outing in CAF Champions League, Kano Pillars will be looking for a way to prove a point on Sunday when they meet the Akure Gunners at the Sani Abacha Stadium.This game will be the first for the League Champions this season. Sunshine Stars were held to a goalless situation on Thursday by Enyimba. Sunshine Stars are yet to find the back of the net in this encounter against Pillars in their last seven meetings. This unwanted stat makes this tie an even tougher proposition for the visitors.

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Sharks v Lobi Stars
The Blue Angels suffered a defeat in their opening game of the season as Bayelsa United defeated them 1-0 courtesy of a header by Mutiu Adegoke.  They will be entertaining Lobi Stars on Sunday at the Sharks Stadium; Lobi stars recorded a victory in their first league game 1-0 against newly promoted Crown Fc. Playing at home to Sharks has always been a tough task for the Benue Army as they are yet to record a win against Sharks for over a decade.

Nasarawa United v Akwa United
Former Kano Pillars gaffer,  Mohammed Baba Ganaru lost his first game of the season last weekend by a lone goal to Tijani Babangida’s FC Taraba, his boys would have learnt from their mistakes and they will be looking for a way to correct their errors as they host Akwa United this Sunday at the Lafia Township Stadium. Akwa United amassed the maximum points against Gombe United over the the weekend in Match Day 1, they are capable of forcing the Solid Miners to  a draw, their last two visits to Lafia Stadium ended in draws. Baba Ganaru lead team must be very careful in other to avoid a defeat.

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NPFL newcomers,  Crown FC put up a good performance in their opening game, although they lost 1-0 to Lobi Stars while Heartland FC were forced to a one all draw in their last game. The Ajilete Boys will come up against Heartland FC this Sunday at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan. They will be playing against a well organised side, a win for Crown FC may be a tall order.

Gombe United v Bayelsa United
The Desert Scorpions were not convincing in their opening game as  they lost the full points to Akwa United, they will be hosting Bayelsa United who picked up all three points on Thursday against Sharks FC at the Pantami Stadium on Sunday. The Restoration Boys are full of confidence going into this tie, especially with the kind of experienced players in their fold  bought during the transfer window who are capable of wrecking havoc on any team although Bayelsa United last five visits to Gombe United ended in losses and without a goal.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
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