Another thrilling clash will take place in Umuahia on Sunday as Abia Warriors and Rivers United go toe-to-toe in one of the NPFL Match Day 17 fixtures.
The pairing is a battle of two sides in the top four of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) aiming for the summit of the standings and fans will hoping to see another good display like they enjoyed in the Oriental derby between Enyimba and FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Saturday.
The Warriors have proven the most difficult side to beat in the league this season and have suffered just two reverses in 15 games.
In Kennedy Boboye, Abia Warriors have one of the most progressive young coaches in the country.
He punched well above his weight last season with Akure club, Sunshine Stars and has continued to lay down the marker with his new side.
Boboye, who was recently appointed as a member of a three man consortium of coaches for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, is however well aware of the threat posed by Sunday’s high-flying visitors to the Umuahia Township Stadium.
“Rivers United is a very good team blessed with very good players.
“Their strongest point is their attack. I know some of their strikers recently picked up injuries but I don’t know if they are back yet.
“I have already spoken to my defenders to track them down so they don’t hurt us,” Boboye told Rivers United Media.
The Umuahia Stadium (Abia Warriors’ home ground) is a fortress, at least so far this season.
No team has won there this season but United come into Sunday’s game in boisterous mood having won their last three games in the league.
The 3-1 win over the leaders, Enugu Rangers in Port Harcourt on May 1 set the tone for a shock 1-0 away win over Warri Wolves (a side that had not lost at home prior to that game) a week ago.
United followed that up with a routine 1-0 win over Wikki Tourists on Sunday to go level on points with Rangers at the summit of the NPFL standings.
Form guide (last five matches)
Abia Warriors (LWDWL)
Abia Warriors 0-1 Warri Wolves (A)
Abia Warriors 3-1 MFM FC (H)
Abia Warriors 0-0 FCIU (A)
Abia Warriors 1-0 Giwa FC (H)
Abia Warriors 2-3 Nasarawa United (A)
Rivers United (WLWWW)
Rivers United 1-0 Kano Pillars (H)
Rivers United 1-2 Plateau United (A)
Rivers United 1-0 Warri Wolves (A)
Rivers United 1-0 Wikki Tourists (H)