Katsina United travel to the ‘Coal City’ to keep a date with Enugu Rangers in a ‘make’ or ‘mar’ encounter of the NPFL matchday 14 fixtures at the popular Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium.
‘The Changi Boys’, who are still in a bad mood over the disappointing 1 – 1 draw played at home versus Rangers Wednesday will hope to pick vital point(s) in Enugu as a way of compensating their teeming home fans
Coach Ogunbote team who has been fantastic on the road following the three massive points picked in three straight games on the road will face their first test at home against stubborn Katsina United
Katsina United are not good travelers but they will give it their all in order to ensure that they get a positive result in Enugu so as to avoid relegation trouble
The Flying antelopes will have a huge mountain to climb on Sunday as they will have to be at their best if they want to go past Katsina United
‘The Changi Boys’ who are yet to win a game on the road since they gain promotionbtobtge Nigeria top flight league will have another opportunity to rewrite the history that has been against them come Sunday in Enugu considering the crop of players on their books.
‘Rangers’, on the other hand, will approach this game with all level of seriousness as they hope to keep pressure on table toppers MFM FC.
Katsina United will once again bank on the services of the key players like Tasiu Lawal, Usman Bara’u, Usule Martins and Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, to do the damage when the two teams clash on Sunday.
The ‘Coal City Boys’ will also rely on star players like John Aguda, Kelvin Itoya, Micheal Uchebo, Seka Pascal and Olusesi Tope to fire them to a positive result against visiting Katsina united.
Katsina United coach Abdullahi Biffo told www.fckatsinaunited.com that they are going to Enugu to prove a point
“Yes, Wednesday’s game was a disappointing one but we have put that behind us and moved on.
“We have our own opportunity now to pay Rangers back in their own coins.
“We are in Enugu to prove a point. Rangers are the ones under pressure as our mission is clear, we just want to make sure we get something positive from this game.
Destiny Ashadi, who is still nursing a ankle injury picked against Lobi Stars, is doubtful for this game.
Timothy Danladi and Joshua Agboola are also doubtful due to Shoulder and groin injuries respectively.
Former Niger Tornadoes star Lukman Muhammed did not travel with the team to Enugu owing to knee injury
Both teams have clashed five times in the NPFL. The first meeting was in 2017 in Katsina which ended 1 – 0 in favour of ‘The Changing Boys’. The reversed fixture in Enugu ended 2 – 1 in favour of the hosts.
In 2018, ‘The Flying Antelopes’ defeated Katsina United 1 – 0 at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium and ‘The Changi Boys’ took their revenge at the Muhammad Dikko Stadium in the reversed fixture 2 – 0 it ended
The latest battle between these two sides ended in a 1 – 1 draw in Katsina in the ongoing NPFL which marked the first ever stalemate result between these two traditional teams in the league.
Katsina United are fourth on the league table with 18 points picked from13 games. While Ranger are third on the table with 18 point amassed from nine games
Form Guide in the last Five League Games
Katsina United – DWLWD
Enugu Rangers – DDDWW
Players to watch
Katsina United – Tasiu Lawal
Enugu Rangers – Bright Silas
Venue – Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu
Date – Sunday, 7th April, 2019.
Time – 4PM