Old rivals Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers will go head-on on Sunday in Ibadan in what arguably is star fixture for the Match Day 9 of the Nigeria Premier League.
Two-three decades back, the two teams were toast of fans across Nigeria and even outside the shores following successes recorded in continental competitions.
However, several years down the line, the two teams seem to have lost their magic touch; a development that has accounted for a drought of silverware.
That nonetheless, the rivalry between 3SC and Rangers still lingers on and a good game is expected on Sunday at the famous Adamansigba stadium.
The most recent meeting before Shooting Stars dropped off the Premier League was in 2012/13 season when both sides won their home games. Rangers won 2-0 in Enugu on June 19, 2013 while Shooting reciprocated 2-1 in Ibadan on September 22nd.
A slim home win for Shooting Stars is what many analysts predict but Rangers who have won two out of their last five games may just steal a point in Sunday’s classic pairing.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Gabros will seek to continue their good run of form at home when they welcome Sharks to Nnewi.
Reigning champions, Kano Pillars, who have been awful in their away games this season, will travel to face Umuahia-based Abia Warriors and will be hoping they can turn the corner to replicate the display that got them an away point in this fixture last year.
Table toppers, Sunshine Stars, are away in Lafia to face Nasarawa United who were humiliated in their last game against Nigeria’s only remaining flag-bearer in the continent, Warri Wolves.
Also, bottom-placed Lobi Stars seek a change of fortunes as they travel to Bauchi to face new boys Wikki Tourists while Heartland will be looking to rediscover their form when they face struggling Akwa United.
Another interesting game will go down in Port Harcourt where a rejuvenated Dolphins side will play Enyimba at the Liberation Stadium.
The hosts have failed to win against Enyimba in their last three home encounters since April 29, 2012 as they last won 2-1 on March 12, 2011; but Dolphins Coach, Stanley Eguma will hope his side can finally hack down the Elephants this term
Finally Kano host the match between El-Kanemi Warriors and Bayelsa United.
Match day 9 fixtures
Gabros Vs Sharks FC
Giwa FC VS FC Taraba
Dolphins Vs Enyimba Int’l FC
El-Kanemi Warriors Vs. Bayelsa United FC
Wikki Tourist VS Lobi Stars FC
Heartland VS Akwa United FC
Shooting Stars Vs Rangers Int’l FC
Nasarawa Vs Sunshine Stars FC
Kwara United Vs Warri Wolves FC postponed
Abia Warriors VS Kano Pillars
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