Abuja - The top-of-the-table clash between Heartland and Kano Pillars is the pick of the crop in this weekend’s round of Nigeria Premiership matches.
Separated by goal difference, the two sides, placed top and second in the log respectively, will contest the replay in the neutral venue in Abuja on Saturday.
The initial fixture was last month abandoned following crowd trouble at Kano Stadium.
The match was still goalless after police shot and injured a fan, forcing Heartland to abandon the match on safety grounds.
Pillars striker Kabiru Umar said his team was not deterred by that piece of history leading to the match but was aiming for a positive result to topple their rivals off the top of the table.
“We would have loved this game be played in Kano, but the decision has been made to replay it in Abuja. This is a game we must win to reclaim the top spot. I know it won't be easy but we will beat them,” he said.
Heartland leads the standings on 26 points, the same number of points with reigning champions Pillars, who have an inferior goal difference.
The last completed match between the two saw Heartland beat Pillars 2-0 to win the annual Charity Shield in December.
- CAJ News