The NPFL 2020/2021 enters Match Day 8 on Wednesday 03 February, 2021. Lobi Stars are in Ilorin against Kwara United seeking recovery from The Match Day 7 home draw against determined but sledge hammer threatened Abia Warriors and also to reposition themselves back among top placed clubs on the log having serially dropped from 3rd down to 5th as a result of the two serial draws in Enugu and Makurdi in Match Days 6 and 7 respectively.
The General Coordinator of Lobi Stars Mr Sam Aindigh see history repeating indicators in Ilorin. We were here last year and left victorious. All of what happened last year is repeating here including date, so if everything turned out the way we are seeing we will still win. The Big Sam as fondly called by Football pundits made this remark in his Goodwill speech during the celebration of the birthday of Alloy Chukwuemeka, Secretary NPFL Club Owners Association in Ilorin. The birthday also coincides with our victory day of last year.
The game is undoubtedly a great game as The Coach Abdullahi Biffo tutored wards will do everything possible to resist a home defeat this time as the game remains a determining factor of who moved up or down the log having tied on 12 points from 7 games, separated by goals in favor of Lobi Stars.
The pride of Benue stand very tall over and above The Harmony boys on head to head, having won 8 out of the total 17 games as against 5 with 4 draws in between. Of the last 5 games, Lobi Stars won 2 games, while Kwara United won only 1 with 2 draws between as seen:
Last 5 Previous matches
Kwara United – Lobi Stars (01.03.2020) 0:1
Kwara United – Lobi Stars (05.05.2019) 0:0
Lobi Stars – Kwara United (27.01.2019) 3:0
Kwara United – Lobi Stars (01.02.2018) 1:0
Kwara United – Lobi Stars (31.01.2018) 0:0
The head to head not withstanding, Kwara United are still basking in the euphoria of the away draw to MFM and will be aiming to carry back their form to undo Lobi Stars and move ahead on the log.
In the end analysis, it will be a grudge and an all important game to both teams. It would have been a game which fans would have been expected to have value for their money if not that the game will be played behind close doors in strict observation of the Covid 19 non pharmaceutical health protocols.