Akwa United Football Club will hope to capitalise on Rivers United’s poor form in the league when they faceoff at the Libration Stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday in a rescheduled Matchday 22 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL
The match was originally fixed on the weekend of June 4th but was later shifted due to Rivers United’s involvement in the CAF Champions league and the Promise Keepers will go into the encounter with the aim of picking their second away victory of the season.
Cyril Olisema and Bernard Ovoke were the scorers when both teams played a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo in January.
Akwa United who have not beaten Rivers United in their previous three meetings will attempt to restore some pride on its head-to-head record against the Port Harcourt based team who came out tops last season winning both home and away.
The 1-2 home defeat to Rivers United at the Nest of Champions on the final day of last season helped the Pride of Rivers finished 2nd on the log and qualified for the CAF champions league.
However, Wednesday’s game will see two teams with contrasting fortunes this season do battle with the hope of securing the maximum three points.
Coach Abdu Maikaba’s team have enjoyed an impressive season, and have picked up one win, five draws and suffered eight defeats in their 14 away matches thus far. And a win for the Promise Keepers in Port Harcourt will see them leapfrog MFM to second place with 53 points from 31 matches closing the gap on leaders Plateau United to within two points.
The home team could move up to 11th position on the log with 43 points if they win the tie.
Akwa United quartet of Ariwachukwu Emmanuel, Alhassan Ibrahim, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Aremu Afeez who have been invited to Super Eagles CHAN camp are available for the match in Port Harcourt but will join up with the rest of the National team in Kano after the encounter.
Coach Abdu Maikaba has charged his men to approach the match with positive attitude stressing that a second away win is possible.
Forwards Musa Newman, Ubong Friday, Cyril Olisema, Christian Pyagbara and Alhassan Ibrahim will be expected to carry the team’s goal scoring responsibility as the Promise Keepers continue their quest for a maiden NPFL title