Preview: FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs Rivers United headlines Match Day 4



By JOHN PAUL NNAMDI


Two of Nigeria’s representatives on the continent lock horns in an animated fixture in Nnewi, as the Nigerian Professional Football League enters Match Day 4.

There’s also the Abia Derby involving two clubs funded from same source; Abia Warrior (Umuahia) and Enyimba (Aba).


In Uyo, it is a dicey tie for Rangers who have a date with the Akwa United, while Sunshine Stars return to Akure to welcome Kadiri Ikhana’s Kano Pillars.

Attention will tilt to Gombe as league leaders make a road trip to tackle the Desert Scorpions. This will be Plateau United’s second away game.

There seems to be clash in almost every part of the federation: Maiduguri will witness El-Kanemi Warriors take on Katsina United and then to the West where Shooting Stars host MFM FC in Ibadan.

The South East, of course, will be animated with the Oriental Derby, which is also christened the Abia Derby. Abia Warriors wait on the ‘People’s Elephants’ - Enyimba.


The Pick

This is the second time Eguma will lead Rivers United to Nnewi. The other time, the Pride of Rivers left the FC Ifeanyi Ubah stadium without a point.

Apart from the fact that these two clubs will represent Nigeria in continental football, they have been in the forefront of putting a formidable squad and supplementing the team with seasoned NPFL Stars.

The homers acquired the services of Prince Aggreh, Ifeanyi Onuigbo, King Osanga, etc. while Rivers United brought in Nzube Anaezemba, Bolaji Sarkin, Emeka Ogbugh and the likes.

Yaw Preko set a standard for home fans by thrashing MFM 4-0 in his first home game as gaffer, such feat will not come easy against the Port Harcourt based side who are also a force to contend with in the course of the championship.

With this fixture, Rivers United unbeaten streak will face a major test as FC Ifeanyi Ubah remains one the clubs in the NPFL with an unbeaten home record, from last season till date.

However, Yaw Preko has an uphill task and he is spoilt for choice, considering the quality of players at his disposal.

Wednesday’s contest is between two of NPFL’s brightest sides. Though, FC Ifeanyi Ubah are the favourites here, United come into the fray as a club effectively taking all their chances.



Key Actors:

FC Ifeanyi Ubah -                Tamen Medrano
Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Elu Wilson
Ngoma Luamba
Alberico Da Silva
Jimoh Oni



Rivers United -                                 Festus Austin
                                                            Sunday Rotimi
                                                            Nzube Anaezemba
                                                            Guy Kuemian
                                                            Bernard Ovoke



NPFL Form Guide:

FC Ifeanyi Ubah -     LWL

Rivers United-          WDW



Previous Meetings (Head-to-Haed)

3 Matches
FC Ifeanyi Ubah- 1 win
Rivers United – 2 win


League Position

FC Ifeanyi Ubah                               3rd
Rivers United                                   11th



NPFL MD 4 Fixtures

Abia Warriors vs Enyimba
Venue: Umuahia Township Stadium

Akwa United vs Rangers
Venue: Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo

El-Kanemi Warriors vs Katsina United
Venue: El-Kanemi Sports complex, Maiduguri

Gombe United vs Plateau United
Venue: Pantami International Stadium, Gombe

FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs Rivers United
Venue: Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi

Lobi Stars vs ABS FC
Venue: Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi

Nasarawa United FC vs Remo Stars
Venue: Lafia City Stadium, Lafia.

Niger Tornadoes vs Wikki Tourists
Venue: Confluence Stadium, Lokoja

Shooting Stars vs MFM FC
Venue: Lekan Salami stadium, Ibadan

Sunshine Stars vs Kano Pillars
Venue: Akure Township Stadium, Akure
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