Katsina United will once again face another tough test when they host struggling ABS FC Sunday in one of the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 32 fixtures at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.
‘The Chanji Boys’, who were gallant losers in their last match against title contenders MFM on Monday at the Agege Stadium, will do everything possible to ensure they return to winning ways when they host the Saraki Boys.
Katsina United ended their long streak of eight away games without a goal in their last match against MFM through Destiny Ashadi’s sensational free-kick and almost got a positive result.
Despite the loss to MFM, Katsina United are still in a good position on the league table as they occupy 13th position with 41 points from 31 games.
ABS continue to battle against relagation as they occupy 18th position on the league table with 39 points amassed from 31 games.
They will therefore throw everything into this match in the quest to keep their head above relegation trouble.
The reverse of this match was played in March at the Ilorin Stadium, where the home team ran away with a lone goal victory.
Katsina United highest goal scorer with six goals Chinedu Udechukwu will miss his second consecutive game due to injury he suffered against Lobi Stars three weeks ago.
Usman Bello is another player to miss this tie due to injury from a month ago against 3SC.
However, Musa ‘Ronaldo’ is fully back in training and he may likely make his comeback after missing four straight games as a result of a groin injury.
“I am fully back now. I’m ready to play and help my team get more goals,” said the striker.
“I have missed four games while I was recovering from injury and the doctor has cleared me to play the next game.”
He will back his team to beat ABS in Katsina.
“We have a very young and good team. We defeated Kano Pillars and gave MFM a run for their money in Lagos, we were just unlucky not to have picked point in Lagos,” he said.
“We can defeat any team as far as the NPFL is concerned.
“Our fans should be expecting nothing less than victory against ABS.”
Both teams clashed in a competitive match for the first in the NNL Super 4 final in Gombe last year and Katsina United won the game via penalty shoot-out after the full-time ended 1 – 1.
The second meeting was in the first round of the on-going NPFL where ABS ran away with a 1 – 0 victory at the Ilorin Township Stadium in Ilorin.
Katsina United, who are enjoying a very impressive run of form at home, will be looking forward to defeat ABS on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten home record since the beginning of the NPFL season.
‘The Chanji Boys’ have played 16 games at home this season without defeat. They have won 13 and drawn 3.
On the other hand, ABS are not good travellers as they have just been able to pick two points away from home out of possible 45 away points.
Katsina United are 13th on the league table with 41 points picked from 31 games, while ABS are 18th on the league table with 39 points from 31 games.