Lagos - It is going to be battle royale on Sunday, the 1st
of November, 2015 when Abia Warriors FC host league leaders, Enyimba in what has
been widely described as the “Abia el-classico”.
The Peoples Elephant will be visiting Umuahia with the
intention of breaking the jinx of never defeating their oriental brothers in
the Premier league since the capital club made it to the elite class two seasons
ago. In their previous three meetings, Abia Warriors had an edge with a win and
In their first Premier league season, Abia Warriors, with
1-0 win became the only team to beat Enyimba in their fortress in Aba while the
second leg encounter ended 3-3 in Umuahia. Earlier this season at the Enyimba
International stadium, Aba, the two sides settled for a 2-2 draw.
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But on current form, Enyimba on 65 points lead their
neighbours by 15 points and the six-time Nigerian Champions are gunning for
their seventh title and do not see the Warriors stopping them. On 60 and 59 points
respectively, Giwa FC of Jos and Warri Wolves are however giving Enyimba a run
for their money but luckily, Enyimba’s last home match of the season is against
the Seasiders in Aba. So Enyimba’s Championship ambition is not actually tied
to the Abia Warriors match on Sunday contrary to the widely held view but
rather the match against Warri Wolves where they have their fate in their own
A victory against the Wolves in Aba will see them win the
league even with a game to spare against Sunshine Stars in Akure on the last
day of the league and irrespective of the result in this weekend’s encounter
against the Warriors who have won 14 of their 17 home games so far this season.
For Giwa FC, a team of the moment that have lost only seven
of their 35 games so far, their two away matches against Heartland in Owerri and
neighbours Nasarawa United in Lafia could determine their ambition of picking a
continental ticket although they are expected to win their only remaining home
game against Shooting Stars of Ibadan before their visit to Lafia.
In all, the Abia Warriors Chairman, Emeka Inyama has called
on the Enyimba and Abia Warriors officials, Players and Supporters to maintain
high sense of decorum before, during and after the game on Sunday as government
will not be happy with anybody whose conduct could tarnish the image of the
state using the match as a cover to ferment trouble.For
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