The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) returns as El Kanemi Warriors go toe-to-toe with Enyimba at the Kanemi Stadium in Maiduguri at 4:00 PM local time. The two teams are part of NPFL's Group A.
El Kanemi Warriors come into the NPFL fixture deep into the relegation zone, having amassed only nine points from 15 matches. They sit bottom of the NPFL 2022/2023 Group A standings. Meanwhile, their visitors, the People's Elephants, are in 3rd place, having obtained 25 points from 15 NPFL fixtures. The Enyimba find themselves six points behind NPFL league leaders Bendel Insurance.
How did El Kanemi Warriors fare in their last two NPFL fixtures?
The El Kanemi are winless in their last two games, losing 2-1 away from home to Bendel Insurance and playing out a goalless draw with the Shooting Stars of Ibadan at the Kanemi Stadium a fortnight ago.
#NPFL : #Bendel Insurance 2-1 El Kanemi Warriors (Full time)
Hussaine Mohammed on the score sheet for the Maiduguri based club pic.twitter.com/Ys9S5xNuB4
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The Abara boys have also won just once in their last seven skirmishes. They have two wins in 15 NPFL matches so far, but coach Hamza Abdul’azeez Abara still believes his team can escape relegation even as we have just three games left to the end of the NPFL league season. El Kanemi Warriors will have to come up clutch to take all three points over their opponents if they are to stand a chance of avoiding relegation.
How did Enyimba fare in their last two NPFL fixtures?
The People's Elephants have been unbeaten in their two recent matches. They had a 1-1 draw at the Enyimba International Stadium to Remo Stars last week and a 1-2 away win at Kwara United two weeks ago. The four points helped them climb to 3rd in the NPFL standings.
The eight-time NPFL champions have been in decent form in recent weeks, picking up five wins and three draws in their last 10 NPFL games. A strong defence has been the cornerstone of their success, conceding just 12 goals in 15 games, the second-best tally in the NPFL this season.
"I told the players that this game and the next one are vital and we have won this one. So, we will not relent."
Finidi George on the importance of staying focused ahead of coming fixtures.#TogetherForVictory pic.twitter.com/6ZDe4kDrPt
— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) April 17, 2023
Finidi George's team will rely on their defence again and hope to pick up another three points away from home against struggling El Kanemi. The Elephants are just one point above the 4th and 5th placed teams, who also want to make it into the championship group. With just six points separating them and NPFL Group A leaders Bendel Insurance, taking all three points in this game will boost The Elephants' chances of finishing in the top three and qualifying for the Super Six.
Unfortunately, NPFL fans in Nigeria and worldwide cannot watch the NPFL match between El Kanemi Warriors vs Enyimba as there won't be a live broadcast. However, fans can follow the live NPFL scores and place their bets using the Betano promo code and Bet9ja promo code. Happy gaming!
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