The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) continues this Sunday with a potentially feisty battle and a big test for Enyimba.
Futbalgalore.com.ng picks out five things to look out for in the latest round of matches.
Conquering the Oriental derby
That there is no love lost between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Heartland is no secret, with the fuel for that fire not just their status as Oriental rivals. Heartland have comfortably the better squad, and a bright coach in Fidelis Ilechukwu, but they will have to show plenty of grit against a determined FC Ifeanyi Ubah, who can make a major statement of their potential in this fixture. The on the pitch should entertain between two sides who do like attacking football. Given the off-field history between these two, both sets of players will be fired up.
Enyimba need to win
Enyimba have been gradually climbing the ladder, and they can improve their position at sixth spot with a win over Nasarawa United. For coach Fatai Osho a continental slot is the goal this campaign, but he must be perhaps thinking of top two … or even better? But if they are to achieve that then matches such as Sunday’s fixture against Nasarawa United is a must-win. And so if Osho is to show that there is a real change in his team this campaign, and that they can push for honours, then nothing short of three points is necessary.
‘Killing’ it again …
MFM FC boss Olalekan Gabriel is an amiable fellow with a unique way of getting his point across. His five-match unbeaten run was halted by Kwara United last weekend. Next in the firing line for the Olukoya Boys are Wikki Tourists, who edged FC Ifeanyi Ubah 4-3. If MFM come through this game it will be a major confidence-booster. Gabriel knows everything there is to know about how to beat this side and so it will come down to execution on the day from the MFM players. Will they ‘kill it’ again?
After a fine start to the season, Sunshine Stars hit a bump. They can point to some bad luck. Today, they welcome Abia Warriors to the Akure Township Stadium for what should be a home banker, though there are a few riders to that. How has the confidence of the players been affected and will they be able to break down a Warriors side that has already shown more resilience under coach Imama Amapakabo.
Time to refocus
Kwara United struggled to beat MFM FC the last time out, but they must refocus quickly on a tricky away match at Lobi Stars on Sunday. Stars have been something of a bogey team for Kwara United in the past, and will be fired up to claim victory.