NPFL:Rivers United to Make it Three on Trot Against Abia Warriors

November 29 14:13 2019

Rivers United will be gunning for their third consecutive victory in this season’s Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday when they face Abia Warriors in Port Harcourt as the competition enters Match Day Three.

United started the season in impressive fashion, drawing 0-0 against highly-rated Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Match Day One but stuttered on the next Match Day as they were held to a one all draw by Heartland FC in Port Harcourt.

The ‘Pride of Rivers’ then suffered their first and only defeat of the season (so far) to  FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi on Match Day three.

Then came the turn around.

United have gone on a run – winning two games on the spin, against Rangers in Port Harcourt on Match Day Four and more impressively, against Warri Wolves in Warri on Match Day Five.

A win over the Warriors on Sunday will go a long way in cementing the club’s position in the top half of the table.

Abia Warriors have the same record as Rivers United as from the perspective of points (eight) accumulated after the first five Match Days.

The Umuahia club have won twice, drawn twice and lost a solitary time this term.

The Abia warriors coach, Emmanuel Deutsch loves the direct 4-4-2 formation with Ozor Chinedu and Oni Jimoh coruscating at the tip of the spear while Innocent Gabriel, Phillip Auta, Emeka Isaac and former Rivers United front man, Guy Kuemian operating just behind the forwards.

Godgift Elkanah will start in goal for the Warriors on Sunday unless he breaks a limb in training with Ubong Williams, Austin Obaroakpo, Fatai Abdullahi and Perfait Jean providing a super solid spine.

United are in fine form and clear favourites to win on Sunday.

Stanley Eguma’s positive headache persists as he looks to decide on his choice of forwards to face the Umuahia club.

Ossy Martins was left out of the squad that won 1-0 at Wolves on Match Day Five with his replacement, Fortune Omoniwari, who has started United’s last two games, impressing.

Those two games represented United’s only two victories this season.

Eguma is however more focused on how the team will perform on Sunday and he knows his team is the most in-form team in the division (only Akwa Starlets have won their last two matches).

“No two games are the same but I think that with the way my boys have been playing, we are now set to start recording easy wins at home,” Eguma told the official Rivers United FC website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.

Sunday’s game promises to make for compelling viewing.

Form guide (last five games)

Rivers United (WWLDD)
Rivers United 0-0 Kano Pillars (A)
Rivers United 1-1 Heartland FC (H)
Rivers United 0-1 FC Ifeanyiubah (A)
Rivers United 2-1 Enugu Rangers (H)
Rivers United 1-0 Warri Wolves (A)

Abia Wariors (WLDDW)
Abia Warriors 2-0 Katsina United (H)
Abia Warriors 0-0 Akwa United (A)
Abia Warriors 1-1 Sunshine Stars (H)
Abia Warriors 0-1 Adamawa United (A)
Abia Warriors 1-0 MFM (H)

       

     

     

       

           

    

             

                     

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