As we enter into week sixth of the Nigeria Professional Football League, all eyes will be at the Sani Abacha Stadium Kofarmata when four time champions, Kano Pillars welcomes the defending champions of the league, Plateau United in a mouthwatering clash on Wednesday evening.
The Sai Masu Gida would want to use this ACID TEST to send out warning to their rivals of their preparedness to clinch the title once again come the end of the season.
This fixture will go a long way in deciding where the league title will end up and the razzmatazz involved in it is second to non at the moment.
The pride of Kano came out unhurt at the weekend after a goalless draw against El Kanemi Warriors at the Maiduguri Sports Complex thereby becoming the first side to forced the Desert Warriors to a nil nil draw at their ground since March 2013, ending a run of 52 games.
In the other hand, the Lalong Boys dismantled MFM FC of Lagos 1-0 at the new Jos stadium at Zaria road, Tosin Omoyele solitary strike separated the two sides at the end of the regulation time.
Victor Denis was shown a red card in Pillars’s 2-2 draw against Katsina at Muhammad Dikko stadium during the opening match of the season and missed three matches in the process but the defender has since returned in the 0-0 draw in Maiduguri.
In terms of team selection, the Coach retained same 18 players that travelled to Maiduguri except Samuel Mailabari Daniel who has since been replaced with Nazifi Yahaya.
The Tin City side will be without the services of former Kano Pillars attacker, Amos Gyang who has been nursing an injury since the beginning of the season and will depend on the pace of Tosin Omoyele who scored the only goal against MFM FC at the weekend.
Kano Pillars and Plateau United played six matches between them.
Kano Pillars won two direct matches while Plateau United won just a matche.
Three matches ended in a draw.
On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.50 goals per Match.
Kano Pillars in actual season average scored 1.40 goals per match in two home matches played so far which represent a 100% record.
Plateau United scored average of 1.40 goals per match in the current season and managed to scored just a goal in their previous two away fixtures.
HEAD TO HEAD
Kano Pillars 5-1 Plateau United
Plateau United 2-2 Kano Pillars
Plateau United 0-0 Kano Pillars
Kano Pillars 1-0 Plateau United
Plateau United 2-0 Kano Pillars
Kano Pillars 1-1 Plateau United
Pillars Last Five NPFL Fixtures:
El Kanemi 0-0 Kano Pillars
Kano Pillars 2-1 Abia Warriors
Rivers United 2-1 Kano Pillars
Kano Pillars 2-0 Nasarawa United
Katsina United 2-2 Kano Pillars
Plateau United Last Five NPFL Fixtures:
Plateau United 1-0 MFM FC
Plateau United 3-0 El Kanemi
Abia Warriors 1-0 Plateau United
Plateau United 2-0 Rivers United
Nasarawa United 0-1 Plateau United
Ibrahim Musa of Kano Pillars:
“We’re not going to take the game lightly on them, they came here and picked a point last season and they’re the depending Champions of the league and currently topping the log.
“Because of the importance of this match, our players have been in camp since after our returned from Maiduguri.
Kennedy Boboye of Plateau United:
Coach Boboye rues his team’s missed chances against MFM FC at the weekend but was pleased with the three points and for his team to have any chance against Pillars, his team must be at 120%.
“What matters is the points. We were wasteful but we got the points,’ he said.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Pillars: Ibrahim Alhassan, Junior Lokosa and David Obiazor
Plateau Utd: Elisha Golbe, Tosin Omoyele and Joshua Obaje
By Isma’eel Abba Tangalashi