NPFL: Enyimba Face MFM At Agege Fortress; Pillars, Plateau Clash In Kano

NPFL: Enyimba Face MFM At Agege Fortress; Pillars, Plateau Clash In Kano

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By Johnny Edward:

MFM will face a stern test when they host seven time champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Enyimba International in their match day-33 clash at the Agege Stadium Lagos on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Title chasing 'Olukoya Boys' are second in the NPFL log and are five points ahead of their opponent, fourth placed Enyimba who also have a mathematical chance of winning an eighth title despite been eight points adrift the league leaders Plateau United at the top.

The hosts, MFM, have not lost a game at home this season, and are hot favorites to win this tie against the Aba Elephants who have lost eight of their last ten away games.

At the Sani Abacha Stadium, hosts Kano Pillars will clash with league leaders, Plateau United in what promises to be another exciting match on Sunday.

The home side currently occupy the ninth spot in the NPFL log and have accumulated maximum points from their last seven home games after their 1-0 loss at home to Akwa United in April.  

Kano Pillars will be without Junior Lokosa following a straight red card he received in their 1-0 defeat to Enyimba on Matchday-32 game at the UJ Esuene Stadium Calabar.

Leaders, Plateau United are in a completely different situation, as they have lost their last four away games.

Third placed Akwa United face a tough match against Sunshine Stars in Ijebu Ode. The Akure side has lost two games at their adopted home ground.

The encounter will also see Akwa United goalkeeper! Ojo Olorunleke, face his former teammates on Sunday in a must win game for both teams.  Ojo has 12 cleansheets this season and has saved three spot-kicks so far this season. 

In Minna, El-Kanemi Warriors will look to build on their 1-0 win over Akwa United last weekend when they take on Niger Tornadoes.

The Ladan Bosso's side are fifth in the NPFL log with 49 points from 32 games and have just recorded one win in 16 matches away from home.

Rivers United recently suffered a loss when they visited the Sani Abacha Stadium for a rescheduled game after initially losing away to Enugu Rangers 2-1 four days earlier. Their home game against 14th placed Katsina United is a must win game. It is fair to say that the record of the Pride of Rivers is quite unimpressive (3 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses) in their last eight games.

At the Lekan Salami Stadium, Shooting Stars will be gunning for p their 11th win against relegation rivals Gombe United FC as they look to avoid the drop. 3SC ,in the 17th position, are three points ahead of 19th placed Gombe United. 

In other fixtures, Champions Rangers are away to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi.  oFC IfeanyiUbah will host Nasarawa United FC in Nnewi, Abia Warriors are away to Lobi Stars while relegation battlers ABS and Remo Stars will slug it out at the Kwara State Stadium Ilorin.


NPFL Matchday-33: Full Fixtures

Sunday, August 6 2017

Wikki Tourists Vs Rangers Int'l            

Rivers United Vs Katsina United         

ABS FC Vs Remo Stars         

MFM FC  Vs Enyimba International        

Kano Pillars Vs Plateau United  

Shooting Stars Vs Gombe United          

Lobi Stars Vs Abia Warriors     

FC IfeanyiUbah Vs Nasarawa United   

Niger Tornadoes Vs El-Kanemi Warriors

Sunshine Stars Vs Akwa United FC

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