NPFL: Lobi, Pillars clash as domestic war begins

NPFL: Lobi, Pillars clash as domestic war begins

There will be a full programme of activities in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this weekend as the league’s disappointing representatives in continental football begin to pick up the remains of their football season.

Three of the four clubs campaigning in CAF Confederation Cup were eliminated in midweek increasing speculations that Nigeria’s spots in CAF’s club competitions are about to be halved, due to the country’s dwindling performances in recent tournaments.

Such move is expected to make the domestic competition tougher as teams fight with all their might to get the sole tickets from the League and Cup.

League leaders Lobi Stars have had an impregnable home form this season but they will be tested when title contenders Kano Pillars pay them a visit at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.

Pillars are currently third on the log, five points behind Lobi and they know that a defeat on Sunday will most definitely create a gap they may be unlikely to recover from.

Pillars will be banking on their top scorer, also the league’s top marksman Junior Lokosa while Lobi Stars will welcome back last season’s top scorer Tony Okpotu after an unfruitful trial in Denmark.

Solomon Ogbeide’s Lobi have lost just once in their last eight league games, a remarkable stat that has seen them sit comfortably at the top of the pile.

Eight matches will take place on Sunday while two others are shifted to Monday after MFM FC and Plateau United arrived late from their continental trips in midweek.

Sunday’s fixtures

  • Lobi Stars vs Kano Pillars
  • Nasarawa United vs Abia Warriors
  • Akwa United vs Sunshine Stars
  • FC Ifeanyiubah vs Rangers
  • Niger Tornadoes vs Yobe Desert Stars
  • Wikki Tourists vs Enyimba
  • Kwara United vs Go Round
  • Katsina United vs El-Kanemi Warriors

Monday

  • MFM FC vs Rivers United
  • Heartland vs Plateau United

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