Rivers United will welcome Akwa United to the Yakubu Gowon Stadium on Wednesday in Port Harcourt as the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) enters match day 18.
Akwa come into the game in an impressive form (the best of any of the 20 sides in the division) having won their last three games in the NPFL.
A win for the seventh-paced Uyo based club in Port Harcourt on Wednesday could see them move into second place on the NPFL log so the stakes could hardly have been higher in this encopunter.
In former junior international, Bassey Akpan, Akwa United are blessed with a goal keeper who can almost single-handedly repel some of the best strike forces in the country.
The ‘Ubongs’, Ubong Ekpai and Friday Ubong have come good in recent games, weighing in with crucial goals as Akwa continue their renaissance.
Godspower Igudia, Emmanuel Ariwa, Nnamso Edo, Aniekan Ekpe and Ottobong Effiong are the other individuals who make up a solid spine for the ‘Promise Keepers’.
Akwa boss Ere Dokubo who is from Rivers State he says loyalties will not be divided as he will shelve any sort of sentiments when the game gets underway.
Such a prediction will not please the Rivers United technical manager, Stanley Eguma who has slowly but effectively built a solid side this season.
No player from an opposition club has yet to score against Rivers United at their fortress, the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, this season and the ‘Pride of Rivers’ are well aware that a win on Wednesday could see them return to joint top spot in the standings.
Eguma will prosecute Wednesday’s game without first choice defenders, Yaovi Douhadji and Chigozie Ihunda who are still side lined with varying degrees of indisposition.
There is happier news to report from the sick bay as Ivoirian marksman, Guy Kuemian looks set to make his first appearance since April 10 when he strained his left quadriceps in United’s 1-2 loss to Heartland at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.
Big Ghanaian forward, Wilson Andoh is also back in full training after suffering a knee injury on April 24 in United’s 1-2 reverse against Plateau United at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
Star midfielder, Obomate Frederick missed out on United’s last game-a 0-1 loss to Abia Warriors in Umuahia- because of a slight foot injury but he returns for the big game on Wednesday.