After a heart-warming win over Gombe United on the opening day of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Katsina United will be expected to raise their game away at Abia Warriors on Wednesday.
Abia Warriors, who barely escaped relegation in the final weeks of last season, are high on confidence after they caused the biggest upset of the opening week of action by beating champions Enugu Rangers right in front of their fans inside the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
Emeka Isaac and Godwin Zaki scored the goals as Abia Warriors came from behind to record a big 2-1 win on the road for coach Okey Emordi on his return to a club he played for and coached.
Like Gombe United, Abia Warriors will parade a team of experienced campaigners against a youthful but determined Katsina United.
Ex-Heartland skipper Chinedu Efugh, Ogbonnaya Okemiri and CHAN 2016 Eagles defender Austin Obarakpo are some of the players Emordi will line up against Katsina on Wednesday.
‘The Changi Boys’ Katsina United, on the other hand, acquitted themselves in their first game back to the Nigeria top-flight league with a deserved 2-1 win over Gombe United on Sunday.
Former Niger Tornadoes winger Tasiu Lawal was the man of the match after his opening goal, directness at goal and an interesting contest with Gombe shot stopper Emmanuel Fabiyi.
Twin strikers Sulaiman Ibrahim and Obinna Eleje ought to have handed Katsina a bigger win, but they were not clinical in front of goal.
Skipper Nasiru Sani provided two assists from his left fullback position and he will again be expected to spearhead the NNL champions to another big result in Umuahia.
Kick-off time at the Umuahia Township Stadium in 4pm.