The last Nigeria Professional Football League game before the half way mark of the 2021/2022 season takes place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Sunday as Rivers United host Akwa United.
The Pride of Rivers have enjoyed some of the best form this season as they currently top the NPFL log with 39 points and will be banking on this consistency to finish as leaders going into the mid-season break.
Two players who ply their trade in NPFL set to face each other on Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt and bragging rights is at stake.
newly signed Central Back Ngweni Ndassi Denis with his European prowess of defending will be in top gear if he must be part of the indomitable Lions current squad for the up coming Qatar 2022.
Former Kano pillars is just two seasons and both players capped for Cameroon under aged National Teams assignments.
Meanwhile Efala Jean konguep who has spent almost 4 seasons of his footballing career in NPFL with Akwa United FC of Uyo will not leave any stone untuned this sunday.
Though It has been a mixed season for the Promised keepers as they currently occupy the 6th position on the log with 27 points, 12 points behind their host Rivers United.
His wealth of experience during the just ended African Cup of Nations might count for his side who will in port Harcourt to face Rivers United in the last round of the league on Sunday.
Despite the team bad performance against Rangers FC in Uyo, Akwa interim Coach Ali Jolomi would do everything possible to turn the table around in Port Harcourt to stop the unbeaten run of the “Pride of Rivers”.
The reigning champions who are still struggling to get back their rhythm on track are looking to get a maximum points away from home as lots of attention will be on what magical tactics can Coach Ali Jolomi perform.
Meanwhile, Rivers United is yet to taste a defeat at home this season drawing just once and winning all the rest games at home.
however, Rivers United have won 7 of the 16 meetings between the two sides with Akwa United winning 6. 3 matches have however ended in a draw.
The latest fixture in July 2021 ended in a 1-1 draw at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium with Rivers United’s Bamba Bakary scoring late (87′) in the game to draw level after Charles Atshimene had given Akwa United the lead in the 53rd minute.
*Form (Last 5 matches)*
Rivers United: D, W, W, W, W
Akwa United: L, D, W, L, W
River united Technical Adviser Stanley Eguma said “We are expecting a very tough opponent but i know that Rivers United have all that it takes to grab the 3 points but we will have to work above our capacity”