Preview: Enyimba, Kwara Utd and Heartland in search of first league win


NPFL whipping boys, Kwara United would be looking for their first points and goals in the topflight when they welcome ninth-placed Wikki Tourists at the 18,000-seater Ilorin Township Stadium on Wednesday. The Harmony Boys have lost their first three games this term, the latest coming in Nnewi against FC Ifeanyi Ubah and John Obuh would definitely be demanding better performances from his side.

In Minna, Niger Tornadoes and Akwa United would battle it out for supremacy when Abdu Maikaba takes the Promise Keepers to the Bako Kontagora Stadium on Wednesday. Akwa United, fresh from their convincing 2-0 win over Yobe Stars on matchday three would be looking to compound the woes of the Erasmus Onu led side who tasted their first league defeat against Wikki Tourists.

Early pace setters, Lobi Stars would travel to Damaturu to play Yobe Desert Stars in what promises to be a fiesty encounter. Coach Solomon Ogbeide who would yet not count on the services of last season top scorer, Anthony Okpotu is sure to have their unbeaten start to the season come under stern test against a wounded Desert Stars at the Damaturu Township Stadium.

Go Round Omoku and Heartland would renew rivalry in a repeat of the recent NNL Super Four final where the Naze Millionaires were pipped to a 1-0 win. With revenge lurking around, coupled with Heartland’s disappointing loss in the Oriental Derby last time out, the Owerri outfit would be looking to swiftly put things right at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium.

Enugu Rangers would welcome Abdullahi Usman Biffo’s Katsina United to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in a dicey looking clash. The Chanji Boys are perched on 11th on the league log, a point and five places above their opponents though both sides would want to continue their winning exploits from the previous round, particularly Katsina United who pulled off a 2-0 victory over Enyimba.

At the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar, wounded Enyimba would trade tackles with Kabiru Dogo’s Nasarawa United, both of who has not fared so well in the three-week-old season alas with just a solitary victory between them. On the face of it, maximum spoils look up for grabs in this one.

Sunshine Stars and Rivers United would contend for superiority at the Akure Township Stadium when the Owena Whales welcome 8th placed United for what largely looks a cagey encounter. Stanley Eguma would surely be counting on the effervescence of Ivorian striker, Guy Kueiman if they are to get past their hosts.

Elsewhere, Kano Pillars would be hoping to be at their best when high flying Abia Warriors come to town. The Ucendo Babes have picked two wins from their first three games, including a 1-0 win over defending champions, Plateau United last time out and Rafael Everton and his wards would be looking to build on those caveats.

Plateau United and El-Kanemi Warriors would go for bragging rights in a fourth versus seventh clash at the Rwang Pam stadium in Jos. But Kennedy Boboye would have to rally his side back from the defeat in Umuahia on Sunday while the Borno Army who crushed MFM 3-1 would hope to pull off another giant killing of sorts. So, expect fireworks.

And finally, spectators would be thrilled to a shoot out at the Soccer Temple Stadium when FC Ifeanyi Ubah face off against misfiring MFM in Lagos. League top scorer, Godwin Obaje with three goals in as many games, would be leading the charge for the Anambra Warriors while Fidelis Ilechukwu’s side would be banking on the duo of Adebayo
Waheed and Chukwuka Onuwa to bounce back from the chastening defeat last time out.

Matchday four fixtures in full
Kwara United v Wikki Tourists
Sunshine Stars v Rivers United
Kano Pillars v Abia Warriors
MFM FC v FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Plateau United v El-Kanemi Warriors
Go-Round v Heartland
Yobe Desert Stars v Lobi Stars
Rangers v Katsina United
Niger Tornadoes v Akwa United
Enyimba v Nasarawa United


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