NPFL: Plateau United, MFM FC in title-defining clash
Perhaps it is stretching it to say this is the moment we have all been waiting for – the matchup between the top two sides in the league. Plateau United host second- placed MFM FC at the Rwang Pang Stadium, Jos in a fixture that could decide where the title ends up.
Both team’s draw last weekend seems to set up this fixture nicely, it would have been even perfect had MFM FC had a realistic chance of overhauling the Peace Boys at the top of the table. MFMFC would need to win by a margin of 23 goals to go to the summit of the NPFL table.
The absence of the NPFL highest goal scorer, Stephen Odey (18), his fearsome strike partner, Sikiru Olatunbosun, and Plateau United’s shot stopper, Dele Ajiboye – all due to National team involvements – takes a punch out of the match, but the fixture still promises to deliver tense, high octane, edge-of-the-seat football.
Kenedy Boboye’s wards will count on the vociferous Jos supporters and their impressive home form (15 wins, 1 draw) to keep them on track of winning their maiden premier league title.
The table-toppers have relatively easy ties afterwards and could be champions if they emerge from the fixture unscathed (a draw or a victory). Their remaining fixtures are against sides in the bottom-half of the table: ABS, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists, Enugu Rangers.
MFMFC still have to travel to Maiduguri, Borno State in the last game of the season but their minds will be on the Plateau United-shaped obstacle before them. The Olukoya Boys have avoided a 15-hour road trip by taking the 1021Km journey by air, which will ensure that players especially silky midfielder, Chukwuka Onuwa, are fresh and ready to battle in the epic clash between both sides.
Other pending fixtures
Katsina United vs Wikki Tourist
Remo Stars vs Rivers United
Enyimba vs ABS
Gombe United vs Kano Pillars
Abia Warriors vs Shooting Stars
Nasarawa United vs Lobi Stars
El Kanemi Warriors vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Akwa United vs Niger Tornadoes
Enugu Rangers vs Sunshine Stars