Lobi Stars will on Sunday April 24 take their victory song over fleet footed Gombe United to Uyo to confront Coach Deji Ayeni’s in-form Akwa United in an NPFL 2021/2022 MatchDay 25 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
Akwa United remains undefeated since the arrival of Coach Deji Ayeni from Sunshine and have been progressively posting improved results, the peak was the MatchDay 24 midweek 6-1 spanking of Nasarawa United, on the other hand, struggling Lobi Stars have shown tremendous signals of a team ready to come out of the drop zone since the arrival of former International Dominic Iorfa as Vice Chairman/CEO alongside the technical inputs of former Kano Pillars back to back league title winning coach, Mohammed Baba Ganaru, the battle will be fierce.
Though on head to head, both teams have demonstrated capacity of taking advantage of their home games as they have played 13 NPFL games since 2015 each with 5 wins and three draws. The advantage of winning at home notwithstanding, desperate situations demand for desperate measures, as it is, Lobi Stars are poised at the moment to defile every historical impericals and are ready to pick points in unlikely centres like that of the Nest of Champions.
Akwa United are currently placed 7th on the log with 36 points from 24 games, while Lobi Stars are 10 places and 10 points lower, with 26 points from 24 games and are desperately looking for road points to better their standing.
The last five games between the two clubs put them at par as each won twice and drew once, while the promise keepers has an edge on their current form to have ran five games unbeaten, the Baba Ganaru tutored boys won twice lost twice with one draw within the period under review.
The pride of Benue are expected to put up above average performance, and return to Makurdi with pride and an enhanced position on the league table.
With the return of Lobi Stars highest goal scorer Ifeanyi Ogba from suspension couple with the deadly form of Utim Godfrey, Akwa United will be in for the battle of their lives.
The duo of Endurance Ebedebiri and Moses Tsehuan in the defense will only need to play with caution and concentration not to let in any careless and early goal.