- Published on Saturday, 26 August 2017 22:18
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Seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) winners Enyimba will play hosts to relegation-threatened Wikki Tourists at the UJ Esuene Stadium on Sunday as they seek to keep up their chase for a place in the top-three.
With three games to play, the Peoples Elephant are three points behind third-place Akwa United, albeit having played a game less. With their rivals having secured a 2-1 win on Friday over Lobi Stars, the focus now turns inevitably to Calabar.
Wikki Tourists won the reverse fixture in Bauchi courtesy of a very late goal by Victor Alegbe, but have had very few moments of cheer in the league this season following their lofty placement last term. They sit in 15th place on the log, only a point clear of the relegation zone.
The Giant Elephant, as Wikki are called, have also managed just a point on the road all season - a 0-0 draw at FC Ifeanyiubah. That surely sums up their underwhelming outing this term. Add to that they have suffered defeat in each of their last six trips to Enyimba since a 2-2 draw in October 2007 - a decade ago now.
Wikki centre half Musa Abdullahi however believes that Sunday's match is not lost yet despite acknowledging that Enyimba remain favourites.
"We do not expect an easy from Enyimba. They are a very good team and tough too. At the same time, we are not in Calabar to lose because we know we are in a position that is not god for us on the table and we need to get a good result because after this just two matches are left," said the Wikki defender.
Enyimba on their part have overcome a slow start to edge closer to the top of the table, but must win on Sunday to level with Akwa United on points, and perhaps chase down the disparity in goal difference between both sides.
“We are aware of Akwa United’s result,” said striker Stephen Chukwude, speaking with Enyimba Media. “The issue is that there is not only pressure to win, but to make our goals count. We need to increase our goal tally, that’s what we need to do to get an advantage over Akwa United. We need to win by four or five goals.”
Enyimba come into the game with some injury worries, most notably with captain Mfon Udoh still out with an injury sustained while on international duty. However, Chukwude is of the opinion there is little to be concerned about.
“Enyimba is not the kind of small team to be pressured by the absence of any player. Everyone here is a big player, who can be called on at any time.
“The fans should expect nothing less than our last display at home (a 3-0 victory over ABS). I see us winning by three or four goals tomorrow (Sunday),” Chukwude opined.
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