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It’s Battle for Survival in Port Harcourt





With most Match Day 26 games postponed owing to the Muslim holidays, only the Rivers United versus Shooting Stars fixture hold this weekend on Saturday to ease a possible congestion that Rivers United might face as they continue to quest for continental honours.

But to Shooting Stars, this is a match to face with all the arms in their armoury; it is a fight for survival to avoid the drop that is glaringly staring at them.

A warning signal from the entire Shooting Stars’ team emerged after their training session ton Friday.


The players were brimming with unusual confidence and promised to give Rivers United a good fight. Right now, both teams are not comfortable on the log with Rivers United having 30 points and placing 16th, though with one match still outstanding.

For Shooting Stars, 29 points from 25 matches and 18th on the log is nothing to write about, hence, they must be at their best to grind out a positive result in the encounter.

Nonetheless, the two teams were successful in their last outings. Rivers United beat KCCA in the group stage of the Confederation Cup and Shooting Stars defeated ABS Ilorin in the league.

To this end, both are in good stead with all the potentials to give the fans the worth of their entry tickets.

However, Shooting Stars Technical Adviser, Fatai Amoo sums it up: “It is clear both teams are not comfortable that’s why this match is crucial.  We shall give it what it takes to get something out of the tie.” Amoo declares to


On the latest checks in camp, all the players were in high spirit with a positive mind set to play and only Sunday Faleye may be in doubt, as he is still recuperating from injury. “No suspension, no injury only that Sunday is still in doubt to make the team with his recovery rate,” Amoo remarked.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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