‘The Changi Boys’ will face yet another litmus test when they welcome Lobi Stars to the magnificent Muhammadu Dikko Stadium that is fast becoming a ‘fortress’ in one of the NPFL matchday 14 fixtures Sunday.
Katsina United who suffered a narrow defeat to Kwara United 1 – 0 in Ilorin last weekend will hope to return to winning ways when they trade tackles against NPFL current champions on Sunday.
Lobi Stars who recorded another disappointing result at home in their last match against relegation threatening Niger Tornadoes 2 – 2, will go to this encounter with the hope of getting positive result.
Coach Abdullahi Biffo team has already dropped two points at home this season against the table toppers MFM FC and will do everything possible in to ensure that the maximum points is amassed knowing that any results other wining might see them drop to the relegation zone
The Makurdi team will also throw everything to this game in order to avoid defeat as losing to Katsina United on Sunday will further complicate their woes of survival.
Katsina United will still keep their faith in their star players like; Tasiu Lawal, Lukman Muhammed, Destiny Ashadi, Usman Barau and Martins Usule who scored the team only goal in the first leg in Makurdi to fire them to victory on Sunday.
While the visitors will parade the likes of former Sunshine Stars striker Sikiru Alimi, Samad Kadiri, the duo of U23 stars Ebube Duru and John Lazarus to spur them to positive result
Coach ABdullahi Biffo revealed to www.fckatsinaunite.com that his team target in this crunch tie is the three points.
“Yes, I know is going to be a tough game, Lobi Stars are the league champions and I am sure they will come all out to get point here just like we did in Makurdi but we are not ready to sacrifice any of our points again. He declared
“Our target is simple and clear, which is to win and get all the three points.
He went further to reveal that his side is ready for the game
“My players are well motivated and they are mentally and physically ready for the game
Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was out of the team’s last two games owing to national assignment has returned and he’s in line to return to the squad
Goalkeeper Paul Danjuma and Joshua Agboola are doubtful for this clash owing to injuries
Both Teams have clashed four times in the NPFL. The first ever meeting was in 2017 in Makurdi and the game ended barren draw. The reversed fixture in Katsina ended 2 – 1 in favour of Katsina United.
In 2018, Lobi Stars took their revenge by defeating ‘The Changi Boys’ 1 – 0 at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi and the reversed fixture in Katsina was cancelled due to the indefinite suspension of the league by LMC
The latest meeting in the ongoing season in Makurdi ended 1 – 1 as Katsina United maintained their dominance over Lobi Stars
Katsina United have dropped to seventh position on the league table on the back of the 1 – 0 defeat to Kwara United with 14 points picked from 11 games.
Lobi Stars are fourth on the table with 16 points amassed from nine games.
Form Guide in the last Five League Games
Katsina United – LDWLD
Lobi Stars – DDWWD
Players to watch
Katsina United – Tasiu Lawal
Lobi Stars – Sikiru Alimi
Venue – Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina
Date – Sunday, 31st March, 2019.
Time – 4PM