• Abia Warriors walk the tight rope
The road to the last four of the ongoing Governor Wike Pre-Season Championships in Port Harcourt is becoming clearer with Lagos-based MFM on the verge of qualification after securing another victory at the tournament.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side yesterday whitewashed Udala FC 4-0 to make it seven points from three matches played.
With one game remaining, MFM, currently with better goals difference, will need to avoid defeat when they take on Abia Warriors tomorrow to secure the top spot in the group.
Abia Warriors will rue their inability to convert several chances in their 1-1 draw against Goddosky FC, as the Nigeria National League side came from behind to snatch the draw.
Abia Warriors will need an outright win against MFM to be sure of qualification to the semifinal.
The other teams in the group, Bayelsa and Udala FC will take on each other today with a win in the game for Bayelsa taking them to seven points.
The competition continues today with another three games with the key game between the host team, Rivers United, and Akwa United taking place in the evening.
Bayelsa United will hope to secure the maximum points against Udala in the first game while Ottasolo will be up against Cynosure before the cracker between the two United.
Speaking on the matches, chairman of the organising committee, Badawiy Bashir, described the performance of the clubs, especially the non-league sides like Goddosky and Udala, as impressive.
“Nobody expected them to give the NPFL clubs such a big fight,” he said.
“The committee put into consideration the quality of the clubs invited for the tournament and the quality of play is there for all to see. We have been experiencing a good atmosphere since the start of the competition and we hope to maintain that till the end.”