NPFL Matchday 17 Preview: Enyimba, Enugu Rangers Battle In Aba
The city of Aba is expected to be agog on Sunday as Nigeria’s top clubs, Enyimba and Enugu Rangers, go head-on in the star fixture of the Matchday 17 games of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL.
Sunday’s derby clash is between the most successful clubs in the Nigerian League. Rangers and Enyimba have seven league titles apiece.
In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Ajani Ibrahim’s only goal earned the Enugu side all three points and the bragging rights. Hence Enyimba will be gunning for a revenge as they host Sunday’s derby clash.
Rangers looked impregnable at the top of group A following a commanding start to the season and a pile up of outstanding fixtures; but consecutive losses to Bendel Insurance and Rivers United have now opened the door for the chasing pack.
Enyimba lead that chasing pack and will get into touching distance of the Flying Antelopes with a win in this weekend’s star fixture in Aba.
Looking ahead into Sunday’s game, Rangers coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, who was a former coach with Enyimba, says he is keen to get a good result against his former employers. But he was quick to ask for a level playing ground.
“What we have in mind is to come back home with a positive result. All we ask is a level playing field.
“Aside from the fact that I have handled Enyimba in the past, I wish to see Sunday’ game as any other we have played so far in the league.
“We have gone past the loss in Port-Harcourt and it is behind us now. We are focused on this encounter and our target is getting a good result in this third fixture I am having against my former employers.” Ogunbote told the Rangers Media team.
On his part, Enyimba coach, Usman Abd’Allah, whose side are on a 10-match unbeaten run, said he is only focused on picking one of the playoff spots and not keen on knocking Rangers off the top spot.
“We are only trying to qualify (for the playoffs),” the gaffer stated in a pre-match interview.