Enyimba vs Kwara United lineups – NPFL

Enyimba vs Kwara United lineups – NPFL
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Enyimba of Aba will play their fourth NPFL game of the season when they host Kwara United this weekend.

The People's Elephant hopes to banish the ghosts of their ill-fated 2023/24 continental campaign, which was brief, by climbing up the table.

Enyimba will be contending with the Afonja Warriors, who have not had a stellar season but have not been atrocious in this campaign either.

After three matches, Enyimba is in the bottom three on the NPFL log and will find Kwara United a stubborn nut to crack.

Can coach Finidi George start racking up the wins of the People's Elephant? Will Kwara United stun Enyimba? We will get answers to these questions.

Preview: Enyimba vs Kwara United

Enyimba

Enyimba warming up for Kwara United
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Enyimba have played three matches this term and are 19th on the log.
They have won, drawn and lost one game each in the 2023/24 NPFL campaign.

The People's Elephant have problems at both ends of the pitch. While they have struggled to score goals, they also have issues keeping them out.

They have scored in only one game this term – the 3-2 home win over struggling Akwa United.

In the other two games, they failed to score and conceded two goals.
A win at home against Kwara United might breathe life into the campaign for Enyimba.

Kwara United

Kwara United travel to Enyimba after draw with Enugu Rangers
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The Afonja Warriors have had a topsy-turvy season. They started the season with a 1-0 loss to Katsina United, but their last three games paint a different story.

They drew 0-0 away to Rivers United, which many believed was the beginning of big things for the Afonja Warriors, but they drew their home game to Enugu Rangers and lost 2-1 to Bayelsa United.

Kwara United returned to winning ways last week with a hard-fought home win against Sporting Lagos.

The Afonja Warriors have what it takes to steal a point in Aba.

Probable Line ups

Enyimba
Ojo Olorunleke (GK), Innocent Gabriel, Eze Ekwutoziam, George Owen, Daniel Daga, Pascal Eze, Chigozie Chilekwu, Somiari Alalibo, Chikamso Okechukwu, Ekene Awazie, Adiele Erugo

Kwara United
Saliu Suleiman, Kabiru Balogun, Thankgod Ike, Victor Okoro, Isaiah Ejeh, Mohammed Alao, Mohammed Kabiru, Adeshina Gata, Samuel Ayanrinde, Benson Abbey

Kwara United line up ready for Enyimba
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Confirmed line ups

Enyimba
Olorunleke Ojo, Innocent Gabriel, Joseph Atule, Chidiebere Nnachi, Chijioke Mbaoma, Daniel Dage, Chilekwu Chijioke, Somiari Alalibo, Chikamuso Okechukwu,ย Enuguย Adiele

Kwara United
Adewale Adeyinka, Kabir Balogun, Kabiru Mohammed, Thankgod Ike, Abdulrahman Olanrewaju, Bernard Ovoke, Benson Abbey, Victor Okoro, Ifeanyi Francis, Emmanuel Ogbole,ย Ikennaย Offor

Head-to-Head: Enyimba vs Kwara United

In their last six meetings, the People's Elephant have only lost twice against the Afonja Warriors.

They won four games without losing at home.

The ties in Aba have not been close, with Enyimba winning convincingly.
The last encounter in Aba was on the 29th of January 2023, with Enyimba winning 3-0.

The other ties have Enyimba winning 3'0 in 2022 and 1-0 in 2021. They also won 2-1 in Ilorin in April 2023.

Enyimba vs Kwara United Predictions

Prediction 1 – Enyimba to win

Enyimba may be struggling this season, but they're still a force to reckon with in the NPFL.

They will want to prove they're not a spent force, as a loss or draw could put the team in jeopardy.

Prediction 2 – Under 2.5

Enyimba has struggled for goals that seem to apply mainly to the continent.

In their last home game against Akwa United, they scored three goals.
Kwara United are not good travellers despite their 0-0 draw with Rivers United.

Expect Enyimba to win 2-0

Prediction 3: Enyimba to keep a clean sheet

Kwara United have not scored any goal on the road this season. Expect this to continue, as the Afonja Warriors will be keen on not conceding.

Where to watch Enyimba vs Kwara United live

Football fans in Nigeria will watch the live broadcast of Enyimba clash with Kwara United on the NPFL Live App.
With a weekly or monthly subscription, one can enjoy at least eight live games every game.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).