Federation Cup champions, FC Ifeanyiubah will host Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club in one of Matchday Two encounters of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season billed to be decided this midweek in Nnewi.
The contest between the Anambra Warriors and the Olukoya Boys will go down at the FC Ifeanyiubah International Stadium, today Wednesday, January 18.
MFM FC and FC Ifeanyiubah met twice last term in the Nigerian league in which coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his charges claimed four points out of six with goalless draw in Nnewi and a 1-0 triumph in Lagos, at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium.
Ilechukwu’s men have kick-started their quest in the 2016/17 NPFL season on a high with a 3-0 bashing of Niger Tornadoes on Sunday in Lagos.
The Anambra Warriors on the other hand forfeited points in their first match of the season to Kano Pillars over the weekend at the Sani Abacha Stadium after they refused to continue their game on 48 minutes of play citing the manner of officiating for their action.
The League Management Company has acted according to the NPFL Framework and Rules by awarding three points and three goals to Kano Pillars, leaving FC Ifeanyiubah with no points in the league table.
MFM and FC Ifeanyiubah will be looking to claim the full points at stake in this encounter. The hosts are expected to be under pressure to get something tangible out this combat after conceding defeat in Kano, hence the visitors, MFM will seek for their first away victory of the season on their very first road.
Ilechukwu has made just one change to his winning Matchday 1 squad. Newly-signed former Lobi Stars midfielder, Suleiman Abdullahi has been called upon.
The final 18-man squad selected to battle for the three points against coach Yaw Preko’s side are Ospino Egbe, Folarin Abayomi, Okorom Stanley, Nwaga Chuka, Opara Austine, Bashiru Monsuru, Elom Kenneth, Atu Irumekhai Paul, Suleiman Abdullahi, Shola Brossa, Alashe Sheriff, Agbane Candy, Austine Ogunye, Kenedinum Chuks, Onuwa Chukwuka, Oshobe Oladele, Adekunle Adegboye, Stephen Odey and Olatunbosun Sikiru.
Preko has enough experienced and intelligent players in his squad to give The Working One, as Ilechukwu is called and his youthful wards a run for the three points as he looks forward to claiming his first NPFL win as head coach of the Nnewi-based team.
With the aim of winning the three points in this game, Preko is expected to field his first team players; Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Tamen Madrano, Wasiu Jimoh, Alberico Da Silver, Stephen Eze, King Osanga, Prince Aggreh, Onyekachi Akakem, Michael Egbeta, Seka Pascal, Elu Wilson and other trusted personnel.
MATCH DAY 2 FIXTURES
Lobi Stars Vs Kano Pillars
FC IfeanyiUbah Vs MFM FC
Niger Tornadoes Vs ABS FC
Akwa United Vs Rivers United
El-Kanemi Warriors Vs Wikki Tourists
Nasarawa United Vs Rangers International
Abia Warriors Vs Katsina United
Gombe United Vs Remo Stars
Plateau United Vs Enyimba FC
Sunshine Stars Vs Shooting Stars
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