Matchday 11 rescheduled: Rangers v Kano Pillars (4pm)
Matchday 13 rescheduled: Enyimba v Kwara United (4pm)
CAF Confederation Cup campaigners Enyimba as well as Rangers, who exited at the group stage, continue to honour the matches they accumulated while on International assignments. After this evening’s encounters, they will each have three games to go.
In their first 12 matches of the domestic season, title holders Enyimba were only able to achieve maximum points in four. But they have won all their last four matches – including back-to-back against neighbours Abia Warriors – to claw their way out of the drop zone and now at No 9.
Indeed, the People’s Elephant have triumphed in the last five matches in all competitions, which include 5-2 in Abidjan over FC San Pédro, a result that earned them quarterfinal spot in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Enyimba’s guests this evening Kwara United are only four points up the bottom four. In their last 10 games, the Harmony Boys have won five (including 2-0 at Akwa United, which added to their earlier lone goal result away to Nasarawa United) and drawn two. Enyimba must realise that Kwara United are not a team to underrate on the road.
In Enugu, Rangers remain bitter over what they consider the questionable calls by the officials in their last match at the Cathedral, which Akwa United won 2-1 last Sunday. That was a major setback for the Flying Antelopes who have turned the page since losing 1-2 to Heartland in Owerri on January 5. Ten matches thereafter had earned them four wins, four draws and only a defeat until Akwa United happened. Now Rangers are condemned to win to leap out of the relegation zone.
With two outstanding matches (including this evening’s in Enugu), Pillars are at No 8 and will go up three steps if they repeat the Akwa United treatment. The Kano side are on 4-5-1 win-draw-lose statistics in their last 10 fixtures.