Four players could turn around Abia Warriors’ wretched run of form under coach Imama Amapakabo.
It is now the Umuahia Warriors’ worst start to a top-flight season since gaining promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
It is the first time that Abia Warriors lost four league games after week six and their tally of 3 goals is their lowest at this stage of a top-flight season.
The club sits 19th in the table, and next up they face high-flying Lobi Stars at the Aper Aku Stadium.
Key players such as Tekena Garando, Samson Paul, and Arit Archibong, among others, have not been at their best and if results are to improve that trend needs to change, and quickly.
At this period, players should also take responsibility for the poor run of Abia Warriors. Not just the coaching staff, the players should stand up and be responsible.
With strength in depth in every position, the Umuahia visitors will undoubtedly pose a stiff test to Lobi Stars as they try to save their coach from the axe.
Ademetan Abayomi has taken a closer look at just four of the players that Kabiru Dogo’s men will need to be wary of going into this important encounter.
Ojo has been a model of consistency in the NPFL, with an impressive record behind the sticks.
Confident with the ball at his feet and a considerable presence between the sticks, the no.1 – who has started five of his side’s six ties to date in 2020/21.
The club wouldn’t be the same without his opportunistic saves, especially in high profile games. Next Sunday will be key for him to get a proper performance that can help his club secure the three points.
A centre-back who combines elegance on the ball with his physical attributes, Ibukun Harrison has already scored one goal for the Umuahia Warriors this term. He should be called upon to save his coach when it matters most.
The games he has played under Imama are an example of a determined man who is willing to go the distance for his club. We will expect him to start against Lobi Stars.
Controlling the midfield through ball retention is Fatai Abdullahi’s primary focus. He has all the qualities needed to be a success.
Now that he is stuck in Abia Warriors, playing football is the best escape from this hell. Lobi Stars vs Abia Warriors is a match that any footballer would kill to play, that’s more than enough motivation for Fatai. Expect him to be part of the starting eleven.
Living up to such expectations will be the next challenge for the midfielder in Makurdi.
The NPFL season that Paul Samson has produced so far has been poor. The forward hasn’t scored and he is eager to play Lobi Stars on Sunday.
Games like this will help him prove his mettle and possibly get out of the Aper Aku Stadium with three points. Scoring a goal is one of his main objectives, but doing it won’t be easy.
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