By Adeboye Amosu:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf (MFM vs Niger Tornadoes)
The Akure Township Stadium will be the centre of attention as Sunshine Stars of Akure and Shooting Stars of Ibadan clash in the South-West derby in a Nigeria Professional Football League match-day two fixture on Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Both clubs started the season with contrasting fortunes with Sunshine Stars going down to a 1-0 defeat against Enyimba in Calabar.
3SC on the other hand started the season on a high, edging out Lobi Stars 2-0, their first win of the opening day in three seasons.
Champions Enugu Rangers who suffered a shocking home loss against South-East rivals Abia Warriors on Sunday face a tricky away fixture against Nasarawa United in Lafia.
The hosts held Wikki Tourists to a barren draw in Bauchi on Sunday.
At the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Rivers United will have their title credentials tested when they come up against Akwa United.
The Pride of Rivers beat the Uyo club home and away last season and will be keen to do the double over them again this season.
Former champions Enyimba will have their work cut out when they tackle Plateau United at the Rwang Pam Stadium. The Jos-based outfit head into the game in boisterous mood following their 2-1 away win against Remo Stars.
In Nnewi, FC IfeanyiUbah who were heavily punished by the League Management Company for abandoning their week one clash against Kano Pillars will hope to put that setback behind them when they entertain MFM FC at the FC IfeanyiUbah International Stadium.
The Olukoya Boys beat the Anambra Warriors on the final day last season and the hosts will be keen on revenge.
Giant killers Abia Warriors will hope to make it two wins out of two when they welcome Katsina United to the Umuahia Township Stadium, while Niger Tornadoes who were thrashed 3-0 by MFM on Sunday will seek redemption against ABS in Minna.
It will be a battle between northern clubs, El-Kanemi Warriors and Wikki Tourists, in Maiduguri.The two teams are still searching for their first win of the campaign. El-Kanemi lost 2-1 to Rivers United, while Wikki were held to at home by Nasarawa United on match-day one.
In the last two mid-week fixtures, Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars will clash at the Aper Aku Stadium, while NPFL new boys Gombe United and Remo Stars will go to war at the Gombe Township Stadium.
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MATCH-DAY TWO FIXTURES
Wednesday January 18
IfeanyiUbah VS MFM FC
Lobi Stars VS Kano Pillars
Niger Tornadoes VS ABS FC
Akwa United VS Rivers United
El-Kanemi VS Wikki Tourists
Nasarawa United VS Rangers
Abia Warriors VS Katsina United
Gombe United. Vs Remo Stars
Plateau United VS Enyimba
Sunshine Stars VS Shooting Stars
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