Seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League Champions Enyimba, are on the verge of winning a record eighth title as they take on Akwa United in one of the final games of the ongoing NPFL play-offs at the Agege Stadium, Lagos
The competition which started last week Tuesday, June 4, saw the People’s Elephant jumping to the top of the table after defeating group whipping boys, FC IfenyiUbah, 3-1 in the final game of MatchDay Four.
Enyimba already secured one of the three continental tickets on offer as they are currently on nine points from four games, with IfeanyiUbah on the other hand out of the equation.
All the People’s Elephant need do to seal a return to CAF Champions League football for the first time in four seasons is to avoid losing by not more than a one-goal margin against Akwa United who desperately need a win.
No doubt, Akwa United, unbeaten in their first four games, will however pose a capable threat to their aspirations.
Akwa United head coach Rafael Everton is expected to recall former Enyimba star Mfon Udoh – who came on as substitute in their last two games – to the starting line-up and the Brazilian has said that it will be a difficult game on Wednesday.
“We will continue to believe. We came here to work and we will continue to believe that we will win the league,” Everton told www.npfl.ng.
“It is going to be a difficult game, it is a derby but we’ve not lost in all the games we have played so we will start planning to win the last game.”
Kano Pillars, also unbeaten in this Playoffs, require just a point from their last game against Lobi Stars to seal a return to the continent for the first time since 2015.
Pillars were denied by a late minute penalty against Rangers on Monday which made them relinquish their top spot to Enyimba.
Another side with their destiny not directly in their hands is current Cup winners Rangers International. Gbenga Ogunbote’s wards are expected to have a straight forward win on paper over FC Ifeanyiubah but that may not be sufficient for them if Lobi Stars do not do them the favour of beating Pillars.
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