NPFL PREVIEW: Who Joins Enugu Rangers, Akwa United In Playoffs Or Goes Down wWth Yobe Stars, Niger Tornadoes?

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The penultimate NPFL round of matches will be played tomorrow across the whole with teams jostling to be part of the Super 6 championship playoffs, while some other unlucky clubs will be fighting to stay up in the top flight.

Akwa United, who have already booked their place in the playoffs following the last away victory at Omoku against Go Round, will hope to consolidate their good run of form when they play host to Abia Warriors.

‘The Promise Keepers’ under the tutelage of Brazilian coach Rafael Everton, were the first team to book their place in the NPFL playoffs following their fascinating run of form both at home and away

Their next home game will be a dead rubber as they have already accomplished their primary aim of the season.

However, they will give it their all for them to top the Group B table with a good margin.

Abia Warriors who are struggling to escape relegation, will be a tough nut to break as they are doing everything to ensure that they maintain their status in the top flight league.

MY PREDICTION: Akwa United 2 vs 1 Abia Warriors

Who will join Akwa in the playoffs race?

The other two playoffs tickets are still very open for grabs with the likes of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Kano Pillars and El Kanemi Warriors all pushing hard.

Ifeanyi Ubah, who lost to Heartland in their last home match, will tomorrow be guests of E lKanemi Warriors in a battle that will determine who will join Akwa United in the playoffs.

Both teams are level on 30 points after the same number of games. The team who win this one will have a clear chance to be among the three top teams to take part in the playoffs.

MY PREDICTION: El Kanemi 1 Ifeanyiubah 0

Kano Pillars are second on the table with three points behind group leaders Akwa United. The vital three points picked at Yobe Desert Stars, who are already relegated have brightened their hopes of making the playoffs.

‘The Masu Gida Boys’ will play host to Delta Force and a win in this tie will confirm their place in the playoffs.

MY PREDICTION: Kano Pillars 2 Delta Force 0

Yobe Desert are already relegated, while Gombe United, Go Round, Plateau United and Abia Warriors are still battling to survive relegation

In Group A, Enugu Rangers have already booked their place in the playoffs with 37 points and two games to go.

‘The Flying Antelopes’ will host Rivers United in an epic clash that will determine the fate of Rivers United who are still battling for a place in the playoffs.

‘The Pride of Rivers’ drew at home with Lobi Stars in their last match and that result means they must beat Rangers in order for them to keep their hopes of making it to the playoffs alive.

MY PREDICTION: Enugu Rangers 1 Rivers United 1

Enyimba who are also in the race to make the top-three will battle Niger Tornadoes, who are still nursing the hope that they can escape relegation.

It’s going to be a make-or-mar clash for the two teams. If Enyimba won, they will have the hope of qualifying to the playoffs, while any result other than a win for Tornadoes will confirm their relegation.

MY PREDICTION: Enyimba 2 Niger Tornadoes 1

Lobi Stars who are second on the league table with 31 points will battle Wikki Tourists.

A win for Lobi Stars will make them more comfortable, while any other result for them might see Enyimba leapfrog them and dash their hopes of making it to the top three.

It’s also a must-win game for Wikki in order for them keep their heads above relegation water.

MY PREDICTION Lobi Stars 3 Wikki Tourists 1

By Wale Oyekanmi

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