Katsina United will hope to return to winning ways when they host Sunshine Stars of Akure in an NPFL matchday 20 tie at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina
‘The Changi Boys’ who lost two straight away games 0 – 1 to Tornadoes and 1 – 2 to Bendel Insurance in Benin last weekend will hope to return to winning ways when they trade tackles with Sunshine Stars today
‘The Akure Gunners’ will be desperate for victory after they started their campaign this season rather poorly and they are now sixth from bottom of the table.
Sunshine Stars won their last match against Niger Tornadoes 1-0 at the Ondo Sports Complex Stadium in Akure and this will serve as the necessary tonic for the ‘Akure Gunners’ going to this crunch tie
However, Katsina United, young and resolute side, will be banking on the good home run of form as they are yet to taste defeat on their home ground in Katsina since they gained promotion to the elite league two seasons ago
Katsina United will once again bank on star players like Ashadi Destiny, Tasiu Lawal, Martins Usule and Usman Barau to spur them to a positive result.
While Sunshine Stars will rely on the key players like Fuad Ekelojuoti, Dayo Ojo, Omaka and more to give Katsina United run for their money.
Katsina United must not drop point in this game if they must keep the hopes of surviving relegation alive. Any result other than a win means they must go to Lagos and win against MFM FC, then win the last home match against Enyimba FC to survival the drop.
Ajanah Chinedu will miss this tie owing to accumulation of yellow cards and as a result suspended
Joshua Agboola and Kassaly Daouda who are still recovering from muscle tear and broken finger injuries will also miss this tie
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa will also not be available to face his former team owing to fatigue.
Katsina United currently occupy 8th position with 24 points picked from a possible 57 points in 19 games
On the other hand, Sunshine Stars are currently 6th league table with 26 points amassed from 19 games
Both teams have met five times in the NPF. The first meeting was in 2017 where Sunshine Stars defeated Katsina United 2 – 0 in Akure and the reversed leg in Katsina ended with the same score line in favour of Katsina United.
In 2018, Sunshine Stars ran away with a 2 – 1 victory in Akure and Katsina United won the reversed fixture 1 – 0 at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium
The last meeting between these two sides at the Ondo State Sports Complex Stadium ended 2 – 0 in favour of the ‘Akure Gunners’ where two of Katsina United were red carded (Ajanah Chinedu and Tsawanya Samuel).
Form guides in the last five NPFL games
Katsina United – LLWLW
Sunshine Stars – WLWDL
Katsina United – Tasiu Lawal
Sunshine Stars – Dayo Ojo
Venue – Muhammadu dikko Stadium in Katsina
Date – Sunday, 16th May, 2019
Time – 4PM