By Jack Moses Ekwe-Ekwe

Defending Champions Plateau United takes an unpredictable tie against Kwara their opening campaign at their home front, It’s bench war between the Abdullahis coaches Maikaba and Biffo.The later is familiar with the Jos terrain having worked with Giwa FC. We see a very slim victory for the host

Enyimba in a tricky derby with neighbours Abia Warriors, Ambitious Coach Imama Amakakpabo may compound Enyimba’s Champions League miseries.unless Fatai Osho and his troops bounces back,Imama knows the inside-out of Enyimba. Stick for draw   

Akwa United trades tackles with Dakada in another derby at the Nest of Champions.Uyo with the return of Mfom Udoh.the former may run away with a slim edge over Dakada.who will parade a new coach in Umar Danlami

The star match of the week is the confrontation between high riding host.Rivers United against the opposition of their eternal rivals.Enugu Rangers.who dented their pride with a 2-0 victory in a friendly match, But the Stanley Eguma side bounced back with heartwarming result in their Confederation Cup with a  2-0.victory away to Bloemfontein Celtics South Africa,

The two teams may part ways on equal terms because Rangers under the guidance of veteran coach Salisu Yusuf are presently smoking

Nasarawa United welcomes Wikki Tourists who upset them last year to trigger chains of reactions culminating in the sack of management. Coach Bala Nkiyu however was very busy in the transfer market with the assemblage of tested legs. Nasarawa United hold the ace in this encounter

Kano Pillars travel to Gombe in search of points against their host Adamawa United, smarting from their ill fated Confederation Cup versus Jaraaf of Senegal.

FC Ifeanyiubah will take red hot Lobi Stars to soccer dinner at their Nnewi fortress not much was heard about the Nnewi millionaires in terms of recruitment but they must respect their visitors who arguably had the longest pre-camp sessions ahead the on-and-off NPFL kick off date. Coach Uche Okagbue must be wary of his opposite number veteran Kabiru Dogo-Will Mike Idoko shut the mouth of his critics with an away win?

Jigawa Golden Stars are in pole position to dim struggling Sunshine Stars of a winner takes all encounters. The host is favoured to triumph over the visitors

Can troubled KatsIna United break their equally troubled Heartland FC? The two sides may jettison their home demands to hunt for league points but the homers have the capacity to break the visitors.

Mountain of Fire Ministry (MFM) will have their hands full with the opposition of Warri Wolves. The Agege warlords must be wary of the visitors who are known to be formidable away from their home, can Tony Bulos demystify veteran Coach Evans Ogenye? 90 minutes will decide the tie which looked balanced on paper.

All matches will be played    at 4pm on Sunday.


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