—Sharks, Dolphins In Relegation Derby; Sunshine Face Abia Warriors Test
By Adeboye Amosu:
The Enyimba Sports Stadium, Aba will be the centre of attention on Sunday as table toppers Enyimba and third placed Wikki Tourists do battle in what is the biggest game in the Glo Premier League this weekend.
With the campaign gradually reaching the home straight, a win for either side will be crucial to their ambition of lifting the title.
Enyimba who are hoping to win their first title in five years will be out to banish the memory of their disappointing 2-0 loss to El-Kanemi last weekend.
With Warri Wolves who sit in second position facing a tough away trip to Kano, a win in this game will increase their chances of getting their hands on the trophy come November 15 when the season will come to an end.
Coach Kadiri Ikhana will decide whether to stick with youngster Joshua Enaholo who has stood between the sticks for the Peoples Elephant in recent games or recall experienced goalie Femi Thomas for this crucial fixture.
In Kano, Warri Wolves will hope to avoid another defeat and keep their dream of winning the league alive when they take on defending champions, Kano Pillars, at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
The Seasiders will be boosted by the return of their leading marksman, Gbolahan Salami, who is available for selection again following a hamstring injury.
Pillars have little to play for as they are 11 points adrift of Enyimba and also have little or no chance of picking a continental ticket.
But the Sai Masu Gida who recently lost their over a decade unbeaten home streak to Nasarawa United will be out to prevent a repeat of that scenario.
Sunshine Stars host Abia Warriors at the Akure Township knowing that nothing but a win will keep their fading title hopes alive.
The Owena Waves have failed to win their last two games at the venue, but go into the game in good stead following last Saturday’s road trip win against Kwara United.
It will be fight to the finish when Garden City rivals, Sharks and Dolphins, clash in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Both are struggling hard to escape the drop and need a win to boost their survival hopes.
Northern rivals, FC Taraba and El-Kanemi Warriors, will also have the same ambition when they confront each other at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo.
IfeanyiUbah FC and Giwa FC will trade tackles in Nnewi, while Bayelsa United host Heartland in Oghara.
The last two fixtures for the weekend will see Federation Cup finalists, Lobi Stars, welcome Shooting Stars in Makurdi, while Kwara United travel to Enugu as guests of Rangers.
WEEK 31 FIXTURES
IfeanyiUbah V Giwa
Sharks V Dolphins
Taraba V El-Kanemi
Enyimba V Wikki Tourists
Bayelsa Utd V Heartland
Lobi Stars V 3SC
Rangers V Kwara United
Sunshine V Abia Warriors
Pillars V Warri Wolves