By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Match Week Five (5) of Nigeria National League (NNL) will take centre stage ahead of the Christmas and New Year Break across the country starting from Saturday, December 21, 2019.
We bring you the preview of eye catching fixtures.
Ibom Youth Vs Osun United
Group B1 second placed side, Osun United will travel to Akwa Ibom where they trade tackle with 9th placed Ibom Youth.
Osun United have won three (3) of their four (4) matches in the campaign. They defeated Ekiti United 1-0, FC Nilayo 3-1 beforw losing 3-0 to Shooting Stars. The Osogbo based side bounced back from the defeat last week with a 1-0 win over Dynamite Force.
Ibom Youth on the other hand has played three (3) matches so far losing 2 and winning one match. They lost 1-0 to Apex Krane, defeated Go Round FC 1-0 before losing their last game 1-0 to Abia Comet.
Speaking on the team’s readiness for the encounter, Coach Bright Omokaro (MON) said he was not afraid of any team in the group as he focuses more on the technical and tactical improvements to win matches both home and away.
“We take matches as they come and we believe we can do it. We have learnt our lessons from the loss to 3sc and believe me, our target is maximum points against Ibom Youth FC.”
Also speaking, skipper of the team, Akeem Olalere said they were fully fit and battle ready for Ibom Youth and would approach the match with the zeal for victory.
“We are not going to Ikot Ekpene for window shopping but to get our first points on the road. Our opponents are also a good side but we have been technically and tactically motivated to get what we want”, said the former 3sc midfielder.
The match against Ibom Youth FC will kick off 4pm on Saturday at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium.
Gateway United Vs Abia Comet
Gateway United FC are poised to maintain its 100 percent home record in match day 5 clash against Abia Comets this Saturday December 21st at the MKO Abiola Int’l Stadium.
The Ogun State football outfit suffered its first loss of the season in the hands of Go Round FC of Omoku in match day 4 by 0-1 after back to back home wins against Giant Brillars and Apex Krane at home.
Despite the loss, Gateway United FC remain third on the log with 6 points, 4 points adrift of 3SC on the top and three points behind the second placed team Osun United FC.
However, the week 5 opponents Abia Comets are yet to win on the road this season and their only win so far was a 1-0 defeat of Ibom Youths in match day 4.
It would be recalled that the last time both sides met was two seasons ago, precisely 2017/2018. After a barren draw in Abia, Gateway United pipped them 1-0 in Abeokuta.
The match day 5 clash is the last encounter for all NNL teams this year, afterwards , the league will go on break and resume January 10 2020 for Matchday 6.
Shooting Stars (3SC) Vs Ekiti United
Group B1 leaders, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Oyo State will host another South West side, Ekiti United.
The Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde who is the number one supporter of the club while speaking recently confirmed it that he will be live at the stadium and promise that if his team subdue their opponent on Sunday, he will give them brand new Coastal bus.
Shooting Stars will welcome league new comer Ekiti United to Adamasingba in one of the NNL week 5 matches on Sunday, 3SC top the log in group B1 with 10 points in 4 matches and remain unbeaten while Ekiti United remain 10th on the log with 3 points in 3 matches.
Vandrezzer FC Vs Joy Cometh FC
Vandrezzer FC receive a big boost going into their third match of the season, their second home game.
The game against Joy Cometh FC of Lagos holds at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium on Sunday December 22, 2019 at 4pm.
Rafael Everton reveals that being out of action on Matchday 4 of the NNL 2019/2020 season gave him two weeks to instill character in his squad.
“We had two weeks to work and it gave me good results. Some new players have been imputed; Alberico, Onoja and the likes. I believe so much in my players. All my players are 100%. We have a great focus for the game tomorrow and the fans will definitely enjoy good football”.
Joy Cometh FC have amassed 4 points from three games and Everton describes the visitors as top-notch.
“Tomorrow’s game is important for us. We’ve worked so hard for this week just to get the three needed points. We know the opponent is a good team,young players/talents but my boys will make us proud by playing well. I am positive because my boys show me character which will translate to the good results tomorrow”.
Vandrezzer FC have three points from two matches so far and are currently placed Seventh on the NNL log (Group B2) with two outstanding games.
In other fixtures, Kogi United will travel to Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club (ABS FC) in Ilorin.
In the class of the United, Gombe United will host Sokoto United at the Pantami Stadium.
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NNL MDAY FIVE(5)
Malumfashi FC v FC Zamfar
Green Beret vs Aklosendi Int’l
Kada City vs NAF FC
DMD FC v Kebbi Utd
ABS FC v Kogi Utd
Oyah Sports FC v Road Safety FC
BYE – Niger Tornadoes
BYE – Rarara FC
BYE- Mighty Jets
Gombe Utd v Sokoto Utd
El-Kanemi Warriors v EFCC FC
Kwara Utd v Yobe DS FC
BYE – Apex Krane
Ibom Youths FC v Osun Utd
Gateway Utd v Abia Comets
Giant Brillar FC v Go-Round FC
3SC FC v Ekiti Utd
Dynamite FC v FC Nilayo
BYE – Crown FC
BYE – J’Atete
Bendel Insurance v Stationery Stores FC
Lamray Utd FC Bayelsa Utd
Vandresser FC v Joy Comeths FC
Remo Stars v Rovers FC Calabar
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