NPFL: Rangers set to stop Pillars in clash of champions
Seven-time Nigerian league champions and highly motivated Rangers will challenge Pillars, who are still mourning the loss of their defence marshal, Chinedu Udoji, who died in an auto crash after a Match Day 9 encounter against his former club, Enyimba Internationa
Rangers vs Kano Pillars
Venue: Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium
Kick off: 4PM
There is no better venue for Nigerian league followers to be other than the magnificent Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium (The Cathedral) to watch a clash of former league champions in a Match Day 10 NPFL encounter between Rangers International and Kano Pillars.
Seven-time Nigerian league champions and highly motivated Rangers will challenge Pillars, who are still mourning the loss of their defence marshal, Chinedu Udoji, who died in an auto crash after a Match Day 9 encounter against his former club, Enyimba International.
Coach Gbenga Ogunbote has a pool of fit players to pick his starting team from, just as shot stopper, Femi Thomas, is set for his eighth start with five clean sheets of the season.
The visiting ‘Sai Masu Gida’ side led by Coach Ibrahim Musa has always proved a hard nut to crack in previous encounters.
Red-hot striker, Junior Lokosa, on Saturday said: “We are here to win for late Chinedu Udoji. We are motivated to play for him. I hope to increase my goals account but I can’t say how many I will score at the end of the season. It will be a tough match as Rangers are no minnows.”
Surely, experience and youthfulness won’t be lacking in this encounter as both sides parade these in abundance.
The duo of Rabiu Ali and Okechukwu Odita are veterans of the league, while Kelvin Itoya and Junior Lokosa will bring youthfulness to this top of the bill encounter.
Itoya, who is the top scorer for the Enugu side said: “We are set to challenge for our rightful place on the log. Yes, we did not start too well as we would have wished but we are steadily getting into our groove.
“I respect Pillars as a formidable side but we have what it takes to stop them on Sunday in Enugu.”