The Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba is the action spot this afternoon when Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) take on Rivers United in this first live offering of match day seven of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
United come into the game on the back of three straight losses on the road following defeats to MFM FC, Giwa FC and Niger Tornadoes while 3SC have won two out of three home games this season.
The United technical manager, Stanley Eguma however insists things will be different this time.
We know that 3SC is a traditional team in the country.
“They have been doing well, even from last season and they are not doing badly this season.
“They have a lot of experienced (players), good management lead by General manager, Rasheed Balogun and a good coach in Kadiri Ikhana.
“Rivers United is looking to make a good impact and a great statement but we have to show it on the pitch.
“We are a very ambitious side, “Eguma told RIVERS UNITED MEDIA.
Saturday’s contest will represent the first time, this season that United will have one of their games televised live and Eguma is excited at the prospect.
“Television is good for us because the players know that whole world will be watching.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what Rivers United is about.
“We are not under pressure. We will do our best to see that we get a win or at least, a draw in this game,” Eguma added.
Shooting Stars won convincingly the last time they had their game aired live on Television by SuperSport with Wasiu Jimoh firing a hattrick against MFM FC on February 27.
Assistant coach of 3SC, Friday Christopher has now dispelled notions that there is an over reliance on Jimoh for goals with the attacker having already notched up four strikes this season.
“Wasiu Jimoh is a powerful striker who could go all the way to emerge as top scorer in the NPFL; at the end of the season but we do not rely on him alone.
“All the eleven players who will start for us and the substitutes that will come in today are stars in their own right.
“The fans expect a win. It will be a tough game because Rivers United is the product of a merger between two strong clubs; Sharks and Dolphins.
“We will give them a run for their money and come out victorious in the end,” he said.
The game kicks off at 4pm and is live on SuperSport 9.
Rivers United form guide (LWLWL last five matches)
MFM 2-1 Rivers United
Rivers United 2-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Giwa FC 2-1 Rivers United
Rivers United 1-0 Nasarawa United
Niger Tornadoes 3-2 Rivers United
3SC form guide (LWLW last four matches)
3SC 0-1 Lobi Stars
3SC 3-0 MFM FC
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-1 3SC
3SC 2-1 Giwa FC