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NPFL Week 29 Preview

It’s been 28 weeks of pure drama in the Glo Professional Football League. And there are 10 more games to go.

Last week, two players from different clubs hit a hat-trick in their respective matches. Musa Najare scored three times for

Warri Wolves, while Victor Namo of Nasarawa United replicated the feat against Nasarawa United. In the penultimate week, Austin Ekpoma scored one of the fastest goals of the season in Port Harcourt, in the 15th second of the game. Going into this Week fixtures, we are expecting more of the same.

The Matchday 29 games will be played on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, across 10 match venues in the country.
Saturday, August 31.

Dolphins FC vs Enyimba International
Coming on the heels of a 4-0 defeat in their last outing, Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt will be hosting Enyimba International FC at the Liberation Stadium in Rivers State. Unarguably, this duel is the match of the week, as Enyimba have been dethroned from the top of the league table by Bayelsa United, after a goaless game in their match with Sunshine Stars. The Aba Warriors will be looking for to pick up valuable points away from home. Dolphins on the other hand, wouldn’t want to be beaten twice on the bounce, so it’s going to be an interesting battle. Enyimba won the last meeting 2-0, courtesy of a goal from Super Eagle’s striker, Ifeanyi Ede and Ugo Nwanchukwu.

Bayelsa United vs Sharks FC
Table toppers Bayelsa United, will be welcoming the Blue Angels in Yenegoa at the Samson Siasia Stadium, as they seek to keep their hopes of winning silverware alive. Ladan Bosso Boys are currently topping the log with a one-point difference and a massive win for them on Saturday, will keep them at the top. Going by their present home form, one can beat his chest for the homers to come out victorious in this one. Sharks escaped a stalemate in the reverse game as they won 2-1.

Kano Pillars vs Rangers FC
The league champions who are third on the league standings, will be hosting The Flying Antelopes at the Sanni Abacha stadium in Kano State. Sai Masu Gida needs to win this game to enhance their title chase. Although, a win for them will not take up to the top, but it will brighten their chances. Enugu Rangers destroyed Pillars in the first leg by four goals to nothing, when Dada Bitrus, Alhaji Gero, Sanni Sanusi and Odukpe Oghogho hit target for the Enugu-based team.

El-Kanemi Warriors vs Kaduna United
Zachary Baraje and his boys have been impressive this season, after the Borno State team gained promotion to the elite from the lower league last season. The Warriors are 4th on the table with 44 points – two points behind the top teams. They will be slugging it out with The Crocodiles this Saturday, at the El-Kanemi stadium in Maiduguri. Kaduna United beat the Borno Warriors in their first encounter this season by a lone goal, when John Uch netted for the Kaduna outfit. The homers have not lost nor dropped points in their last five home games, while the visiting team is yet to pick a point on the road this season.

Kwara United vs Warri Wolves
As the only team in the Professional Football League with the highest number of away points from three wins on the road and four draws, Afonja Warriors are 5th on the log with 44 points, two points away from the top of the league. They will be entertaining The Seasiders in Ilorin, at the Kwara Township Stadium. The reverse game ended in a 2-1 winfor Wolves.

3SC vs ABS
These two teams are battling with relegation this season, The Oluyole Warriors are in 16th spot on the table, with the same points as ABS FC, but the Bukola Saraki Boys are placed in the 19th position, as result of better goal difference. It is a must-win game for the two sides, but the hosts have a better chance of winning this game, because they have whipped top GPFL teams at home in recent times at the Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan. Ibrahim Abdulahi was the difference in the first encounter, as his strike earned his team the maximum points.

 

Sunday, September 1
Lobi Stars vs Nasarawa United
The Samuel Atongo Stadium and Lobi Stars fans, will witness a relegation battle as both teams fight their way out of the basement. Lobi Stars are in 20th spot with 35 points, while the Solid Miners are 18th on the table with 36 points. The hosts were able to hold Nasarawa United to a one-all draw in their last meeting in week 9, as Victor Namo scored opened the score sheet for the Miners before John Collins got an equaliser for Lobi. A victory for the Markudi-based side may push them up three places.

Gombe United vs Nembe City
Savannah Scorpions will continue their good run of form at home, when they host Nembe City on Sunday, at Pantami Stadium in Gombe. The homers maintain the 8th position on the table with 40 points, while City holds down the 13th position, two points adrift Gombe. Okiki Mosampa brace was what Nembe needed to win the reverse fixture.

Wikki Tourists vs Heartland
The Tourists and ‘Naze Millionaires’ are separated by a point on the league table. The host have gathered 36 points and are 17th, while Heartland are 14th on the log with 37 points from 28 games. Isah Akor, Esom Tochukwu and Happy Okuoka were the scorers for the Owerri-based team in their first game this season.

Akwa United vs Sunshine Stars
Akure Gunners pumelled Akwa United by three goals to nil, when they played the first leg in Matchday nine, as Dele Olorundare who is now playing for a Turkish side, scored twice while Ajani Ibrahim added one of the goals. Akwa United will want to come back at the visitors this time to revenge. Akwa United are 15th on log, while Sunshine Stars are placed 11th leading the hosts with a point.

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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