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NPFL: Champions Plateau Face Rivers Test; Enyimba, Heartland In Oriental Battle

NPFL: Champions Plateau Face Rivers Test; Enyimba, Heartland In Oriental Battle

By Adeboye Amosu:
Plateau United’s title credentials will be put to the test on Wednesday when they host Rivers United at the Rwang Pam Stadium in a Nigeria Professional Football League match day two fixture., Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN) reports.
Both teams secured important wins on the opening day and will be out to get maximum points in Wednesday’s contest.
The champions Plateau United claimed a stunning 1-0 win over Nasarawa United in Lafia while Rivers United also won by a solitary goal at home to El-Kanemi Warriors.
The UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar will be venue of the first Oriental derby of the season with hosts Enyimba slugging it out with Heartland Football Club of Owerri.
Enyimba put up a fantastic display on Sunday, earning a vital away draw against Lobi Stars, while Heartland were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Sunshine Stars.
At the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Pillars will host Nasarawa United in the northern derby.
The home team will be all out to secure their first win of the campaign after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Katsina United on the opening day.
In another mouth-watering tie, Enugu Rangers will entertain Lobi Stars at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium.
Gbenga Ogunbote’s first competitive match in charge of the Antelopes ended on a sour note as they were handed a 2-0 defeat by Abdu Maikaba’s Akwa United in Uyo on Sunday.
Wednesday’s game presents the Ogunbote with another opportunity to prove to the home fans that he is the right man for the job.
Last season’s runners-up MFM FC will welcome Kwara United to their fortress Agege Stadium in another midweek fixture.
The Olukoya Boys who lost several of their key players during the off-season are favourites to grab all three points in this against opponents who lost 2-0 at home to Niger Tornadoes on their own season opener.
In Akure, Sunshine Stars and Katsina United  will do battle, while Abia Warriors will the guests of El Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri.
Another fascinating contest will see Niger Tornadoes host FC IfeanyiUbah in Minna.
Erasmus Onu-led Tornadoes will hope to make it two wins after two against an FC IfeanyiUbah who are rebuilding following the exit of some of their players at the end of last season.
Go Round FC’s first ever home game in the NPFL will be against Akwa United.
The Omoku outfit face a stern test against their well grounded opponents who dispatched Rangers easily in their match day one contest.
Yobe Desert Stars and Wikki Tourists of Bauchi will clash in the last match day fixture.
Wednesday, January 17
Niger Tornadoes vs FC IfeanyiUbah
Yobe Desert Stars vs Wikki Tourists
Go Round vs Akwa United
Rangers Int’l vs Lobi Stars
Enyimba Int’l vs Heartland FC
Sunshine stars vs Katsina United
Kano Pillars vs Nasarawa United
Plateau United vs Rivers United
El Kanemi vs Abia Warriors
MFM vs Kwara United


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