Katsina United face litmus test as they battle Enyimba FC in a must win NPFL final match of the season to maintain their status in the Nigeria top flight League at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina
‘The Changi Boys’ who surrendered to a later winner from Zikiye Jonathan in the last match versus MFM FC in Lagos will go all out to grab all the three points in this tie knowing that any other result will confirm their relegation
Enyimba FC who brushed aside their last opponent at home Niger Tornadoes 2 – 0 are still searching for at least a point to book their place in the NPFL Super Six, will also throw everything into this game in order to get a positive result and be sure of a continental football next season
Katsina United will rely once again on key players like Tasiu Lawal who is the top scorer of the team, Energetic Usule Martins, Usman Barau, and fit again midfield Trojan Destiny Ashadi to help grind out all the three needed points.
While the Aba outfit will be banking on the former Katsina United striker Chinedu Udechukwu, Ifeanyi Anaemena, Abdulrahaman Bashir and Mustapha Ibrahim to give Katsina United a tough challenge.
Katsina United must win this crunch tie to ensure they ply their trade in the NPFL next season.
Enyimba must get a positive result to confirm their place in the NPFL super six and if they fail, they will have to wait for the result of Sunshine Stars versus MFM FC in Akure
Enyimba have lost to Katsina United in all their three visits to the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium
Joshua Agboola and Kassaly Daouda who are still recovering from muscle tear and broken finger injuries will 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 7th position with 27 points picked from 21 games
While Enyimba are 3rd on the league table with 33 points amassed from 21 games
Both teams have met five times in the NPF. The first meeting was in 2017 where Katsina United defeated Enyimba 2 – 1 in Katsina and the reversed leg in Calabar ended 1 – 0 in favour of Enyimba.
In 2018, Katsina United maintained their dominance by beating Enyimba 2 – 0 at home and Enyimba won the reversed fixture with the same score line in Calabar.
The last meeting between these two sides at the Enyimba International Stadium ended 2 – 0 in favour of the ‘The People’s Elephant’ where two of Katsina United were red carded (Ajanah Chinedu and Dominic Abah).
Form guides in the last five NPFL games
Katsina United – LWLLW
Enyimba – WDDLW
Katsina United – Tasiu Lawal
Enyimba – Chinedu Udechukwu
Venue – Muhammadu dikko Stadium in Katsina
Date – Sunday, 26th May, 2019
Time – 4PM