NPFL Week 27 Preview: Acidic test for Kwara United as they host Enyimba in Ilorin

Week 27 of Globacom Nigeria Professional Football League (GNPFL), will take center stage in 10 match venues across the country this weekend. Six matches will be played on Saturday, 24th of August, while the remaining four matches will be on Sunday.

The four top teams will be facing tough opposing sides. Kwara United will lock horns with Enyimba International FC, Kano Pillars will face resurgent Sharks FC, who are on a terrific form at the moment. Bayelsa United and basement side ABS FC will slug it out in Yenegoa.

 

Kwara Utd v Enyimba
This indeed is the biggest game of this weekend. Having qualified for the final of the 2013 edition of Federation Cup, after they beat Lobi Stars on Wednesday by a lone goal, the Aba Warriors will have to prove their superiority when they do battle with Afonja Warriors in Ilorin on Saturday.

The first leg of this encounter in week 7 ended goaless as the two teams fails to break the deadlock. Enyimba will be banking on their backline to pull a string in this game, Chinedu Udoji and Bright Essieme and others will be on guard for the Aba Warriors while the host most play their heart out to get the three maximum points.
Bayelsa Utd v ABS
With the three-match ultimatum handed to Bukola Saraki Boys by its management. to come out of the basement, Bayelsa United must be ready for this herculean task, when they face ABS on Saturday. The host have 95%t home record this season, as they only lost a point at home so far.

Goals from Abdulrahman Bashir and Thomas Zenke, was all that ABS needed to defeat Bayelsa United in the reverse fixture. A decent result from this game will definitely brighten ABS chances of regaining their league status.
El-Kanemi v Wolves
El-Kanemi got a deserved point on the road in their last league game, while the Sea Siders booked a place in the 2013 Federation Cup final after beating Akwa United 2-1.

El-Kanemi will remain a hard nut for any team to crack at the moment. Wolves wonder kid Oghenekaro Etebo, was the hero in the first leg, when the Sea Siders spanked the visitors 4-1. He scored a hattrick before Joseph Osadiaye sealed the victory with the fourth goal. Will Warri Wolves repeat the feat? 90 minutes will tell.
Kano Pillars v Sharks FC
Sai Masu Gida will continue their title push, when they play an improved Blue Angels at the Sanni Abacha Stadium in Kano. It’s going to be a match to watch out for, as Sharks will be playing this game with the hope of returning to Port Harcourt with a good result. Although we can’t overlook the intimidating home record of Kano Pillars. The reverse fixture saw a goaless affair, as the two teams were unable to record a goal.
Dolphins v Enugu Rangers
The Port Harcourt outfit seems to have lost the cutting edge in recent times. Dolphins are yet to garner any point in their last three games and they will be playing against the Flying Antelopes’ in Port Harcourt, at the Liberation City Stadium.

Rangers have not recorded any away point since the resumption of the second stanza of the league. They trampled uon Dolphins FC in the first leg, with the trio of Chibuzor Okonwo, Chimezie Ajaegbo and Efe Yahere scoring a goal each to give the Flying Antelopes’ the maximum points.
Gombe Utd v Nasarawa Utd
The Savannah Scorpions will be hosting the Solid Miners at Pantami Stadium on Saturday, as the hosts hope to continue their fine run of form at home this season. It’s going to be a tough match for Gombe, as Nasarawa United who are 19th on the log, will be looking for a way to improve their league status. The Miners humbled Gombe United 2-0 in the reverse fixture, when Jackson Daniel and Habu Mohammed scored for Nasarawa.
Akwa Utd v 3SC
Oluyole Warriors continue their search for maximum points on the road this Sunday, as they face Akwa United at the Uyo Township Stadium. Akwa United have only drawn one game in their last three games. Going into this match, the hosts must be careful not to loose all three maximum points.

Shooting Stars pummelled Akwa United in the reverse fixture 4-1, thanks to goals from Gbolahan Salami, Chima Akas, Toluwase Akindele and Moses Ogaga.
Wikki Tourists v Sunshine Stars
This game is a dicey one for the two teams. The Tourists will have to sweat through their nose, if at all they will take something out of this one. The absence of Godfrey Oboabona and Dele Olorundare will be felt by Sunshine Stars in this encounter.

Super Eagles defender, Godfrey Oboabona, scored twice in the first leg before league leading scorer Dele Olorundare completed the 3-0 bashing.
Lobi Stars v Heartland
The Makurdi-based side will host troubled Heartland at Emmanuel Atongo Stadium, Kastina-Ala, as they continue to fight their way out of the relegation zone.

Lobi were sent out of the Federation Cup on Wednesday, after Enyimba of Aba defeated them by a lone goal. The Naze Millionaires’ trounced Lobi Stars in the reverse fixture 3-0.

Currently, the hosts occupy the 20th spot in the 20-team league table with 32 points, while the visitors are placed on 14th position with 34 points.
Kaduna United v Nembe City
The Crocodiles will welcome Baribote Boys on Sunday, at the Kaduna Township Stadium. It’s going to be an acid test for the newcomers, as they do battle with Kaduna who have not dropped any points in their last six home games.

Nembe City were victors in the first leg, when they narrowly beat Kaduna United 1-0.

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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