Double oriental derby in Umuahia, Owerri


heartland-football-club-owerriThe league title seems destined for the east of the Niger if the current positions of teams stay the same till the end of the 2014-2015 season.

If that happens, then Enyimba, may well be crowned Nigerian champions, in what has been a remarkable year of amazing and unpredictable feast of football on the domestic front.

What a season it has been for watchers of the Nigerian game and what a weekend it will be for proud fans in the eastern region of the country as the first of its kind double oriental derby takes centre stage this weekend in Owerri, the capital of Imo State and Umuahia, Abia State capital.

Tomorrow at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, Heartland welcome eternal enemies Enyimba in what promises to be an explosive fixture.

Heartland’s ego have been badly bruised this season, accounting for their 12th position on the log, with 42 points and are desperate not to be dragged further down the table with a home loss to title-chasing Enyimba, who will be bidding to pull further away from the likes of Sunshine Stars, Warri Wolves, Wikki Tourist and Giwa at the summit.

But preceding that fixture is today’s derby between Abia Warriors and Rangers in Umuahia. Abia Warriors, with 46 points, are seventh on the table and still hopeful of a possible CAF Confederation Cup ticket if results go their way in the remaining seven games of the season.

And for them to realize that tall ambition, Aba Warriors must start winning games, beginning with today’s oriental derby with Rangers. (Vanguard)

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