BY ADAMS JESSE
When action resumes in the Nigerian Premier League this weekend, Nasarawa United’s goalkeeper, Suraj Ayeleso, will be attempting to extend his clean sheets to nine.
In the first phase of the league, he had eight clean sheets, a performance that projects him as the most consistent in the league.
If he manages not to concede a goal, he would have extended his clean sheets to nine. Can he do that?
He told www.nasarawasportgist.wordpress.com that he is set again to prevent picking of the ball from his net.
“We all know that Rivers United are a very compact team with great team but have recently found it hard to score goals this season.
“Though they still remain the most active club side in Nigeria fighting for trophies on three fronts, with our current squad, I am very positive we will get the job done. I can assure you that it is not going to be an easy task though” Ayeleso remarked.
Even though the host team is having a continental campaign, it has been having a poor run in the domestic scene. Nasarawa United are therefore hoping to compound the domestic woes.
Rivers United have not been in the best of forms lately. Last Sunday’s 3-1 loss away to Club Africain in the Confederation Cup was the third straight loss by the struggling side.
But having acquired some of the best legs in the league, Rivers United will be looking forward to a decent second round starting with the game against Nasarawa United.
Their captain, Festus Austin told www.nasarawasportgist.wordpress.com after their week 19 encounter with Nasarawa United in Lafia, that his side’s poor domestic form was due to fatigue and that the club will peak in the second phase of the league.
Nasarawa United will head into this tie full of confidence having defeated Rivers United 1-0 in Lafia with Adamu Hassan’s solitary strike proving enough to hand the three points to the solid miners. That put Nasarawa in the ninth position in a log of 20 teams.
No injury worries for Nasarawa United with only Thomas Zenke missing out due to illness but former Rangers’ front man; Ocheme Edoh will be primed to make his official debut for the solid miners against the pride of Rivers.
Also Ifeanyi Nweke and Esosa Igbinoba will be coming up against a team they both defended its colours last season.
Rivers United currently occupies the 13th position on the NPFL log having accumulated a total of 24 points from 19 games while Nasarawa United occupies the ninth position with 27 points from same number of games.