ABS FC and Rivers United FC go toe to toe in one of the stand out fixtures on match day 29 of this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The two sides are in dire straits and in desperate need of points given their precarious positions on the log.
ABS is currently in the drop zone while United hovers just above the relegation places and a defeat on Sunday could see them dragged back into the dog fight.
The reverse fixture ended 2-0 in favour of Rivers United but almost four months have passed since that confrontation with circumstances anything but happier in both camps.
ABS’ head coach, Henry Makinwa has since been handed a three-match ultimatum following his side’s 2-4 reverse to Sunshine at home last Sunday.
The youthful trainer is however unruffled by the latest turn of events as he insists that he remains focused on steering his young side away from troubled waters.
“I know my worth and I accept the ultimatum in good faith because I work with young boys (footballers),” Makinwa told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
“We have proved our worth in the first half of the season, but the second half has been a bit rough for us.
“The three-match ultimatum does not disturb me,”
“We will come out on Sunday to play good football.
“I am not going to set up my team to play defensive football.
“We know the risk involved but on Sunday good football will be guaranteed,” he said.
From the United camp, the noises are predictably bullish.
Right back, Markson Ojobo believes the ‘Pride of Rivers’ could finally strike gold on the road for the first time in all competitions this term.
The former Enyimba man believes a victory could be on the cards in Illorin.
“We want our fans in Illorin to come and cheer us up on Sunday because we hope to bring all three points back to Port Harcourt,” Ojobo said.
Sunday’s game promises to be a compelling affair and certainly not one for the faint-hearted.
Overview Game: ABS FC versus Rivers United
Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
Current positions of respective clubs on the NPFL log: ABS FC: (17th); Rivers United (14th); MFM FC
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Venue: Illorin Township Stadium, Illorin
Time: 4 pm
There will be robust coverage of this game by our media team (that will include videos and photos from the venue) simultaneously via our official Twitter account (@RiversUnitedFC) and official Whatsaap channel from 3:15pm on match day.
Previous meetings (head-to-head)
Matches: One (1)
ABS wins: Nil (0)
Rivers United wins: One (1)
Draws; Nil (0)
Goals for: ABS: Nil (0); Rivers United; Two (2)
Goals against: ABS: Two (2); Rivers United; Nil (2)
Points accumulated (in competitive matches): ABS: Nil (0) Rivers United: Three (3)
Details (Specific breakdown)
Rivers United 2-0 ABS FC (NPFL. Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on April 6, 2017).