The Nigeria Premier League is in its business end and Enyimba could be crowned champions on Sunday if they avoid defeat in their crucial home game against fellow title contenders, Warri Wolves.
However, Warri Wolves goalkeeper, Okiemute Marshall Odah, has promised the Seasiders’ fans that they can count on them to beat Enyimba at their backyard in the Super Sunday clash billed for the Aba International Stadium.
Odah and his team-mates head into Sunday’s clash in second place on the NPFL log, six points behind their host with 68 points; but the shot stopper is confident that his side can upstage the league favourites in front of their home crowd.
Yes we can
Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES ahead of what could pass as the most important game of the season for him, Odah admitted that anything short of an outright victory in Aba will automatically destroy their chances of becoming 2014/15 NPFL champions and they will not allow such.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank our fans for their support and their encouragement. On behalf of myself and my colleagues, I am promising them that we will try and do our best for them on Sunday to make them proud. We’re going to give everything to secure the three points in order to keep our chances of winning the league alive.
“Personally I think if I can replicate my home form of not conceding a goal in 15 games on Sunday, that would be a major boost to the team and that’s exactly my target in Aba. Doing so requires a whole lot but trust.
“I’ve been training hard and I’m promising the fans that I will do my best not to let in goals in Aba come Sunday,” Odah told PREMIUM TIMES.
On what to expect in Aba when his team files out against the six-time champions, the 27-year old goal tender added, “Like we all know, Sunday’s game is a very big and important tie for both teams considering what is at stake. I expect a tough clash at Aba because Enyimba need a point while we need an outright win but I believe my colleagues and everyone at Warri Wolves -the coaches and the management are all ready for the big day on Sunday.”
Other crucial games
Away from Aba, there are crucial games also taking place across at the country, at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Giwa FC will hope to secure a vital win against Shooting Stars to boost their continental hopes. Though 3SC have little or nothing to play for as they are safe from relegation and have no hope for a continental ticket, the Oluyole Warriors may decide to play the spoilers role.
Elsewhere, it will be a all Northern affair at the Karkanda Stadium in Katsina as El-kanemi Warriors and Wikki Tourists battle for the three maximum points on offer.
While Wikki have their eyes on nicking a continental ticket, safety from relegation is uppermost in the minds of Kelechi Emetiole tutored El-Kanemi Warriors.
In Port Harcourt, relegation hunted sides, Sharks and Kwara United, will clash in a survival fight. The game at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium will be played behind closed doors as punishment for the hosts abandoning last weekend’s game against Nasarawa United in Lafia.
Both side’s need nothing but a win to boost their survival hopes.
Sharks’ local rivals, Dolphins are also in a must win situation as they welcome Heartland to the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt.
In Makurdi, Lobi Stars will look to inflict further misery on Rangers when both sides clash at the Aper Aku Stadium.
In Oghara, Sunshine Stars will continue their chase for a continental ticket when they file out against relegation bound Bayelsa United. Taraba United who looked destined for relegation will take on Abia Warriors.
Defending Champions, Kano Pillars, will entertain Akwa United in Kano, with IfeanyiUbah and Nasarawa United expected to do battle in the last fixture for the weekend.
WEEK 37 FIXTURES
Enyimba V Warri Wolves
IfeanyiUbah V Nasarawa United
Sharks V Kwara United
Taraba FC V Abia Warriors
Bayelsa Utd V Sunshine Stars
Lobi Stars V Rangers
Kano Pillars V Akwa United
El-kanemi V Wikki Tourists
Dolphins V Heartland
Giwa FC V Shooting Stars