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The Naija Classico is Upon Us

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In every Football league in the World there is always that game that the fans always anticipate with keen interest every season. followers of the English Premier League always look forward to a game between Liverpool FC and Manchester United, Manchester against Arsenal & Chelsea versus Manchester United. in the Spanish league their is the El Classico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, in Italy their is the Derby D’Italia between Juventus and AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan as well, in Germany and France their is the Die klassica between Bayern Munich and Borrusia Dortmund and Les Clasique between Paris Saint Germain and Olympic Marseille.

The Nigerian Professional Football League is not an exception,. There are very big games in the NPFL but one of them stands out. The game between Enyimba FC and Kano Pillars FC a game I call “The Naija Classico”, it’s always a top game in the the NPFL.

The Two NPFL powerhouses will be clashing today (Sunday) at the Enyimba international stadium in Aba in one of the NPFL 2020/2021 week 5 matches.

Kano Pillars will be going into the game against Enyimba high on confidence hoping the can leave with something valuable, considering the fact that the have been unbeaten this season (two wins and two draws).

Enyimba FC will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing 0-2 loss away to Heartland FC in Owerri and seek to claim a six straight home victory against the Kano based outfit.

LAST TEN LEAGUE FIXTURES BETWEEN ENYIMBA FC AND KANO PILLARS FC

July 2019 (NPFL Championship playoffs)
Kano Pillars 2-0 Enyimba.

February 2018, Kano Pillars 1-1 Enyimba

July 2017, Enyimba 1-0 Kano Pillars

March 2017, Kano Pillars 3-1 Enyimba

July 2016, Enyimba 2-1 Kano Pillars

May 2016, Kano Pillars 1-2 Enyimba

August 2015, Enyimba 1-0 Kano Pillars

April 2015, Kano Pillars 1-0 Enyimba

November 2014, Enyimba 3-1 Kano Pillars

June 2014, Kano Pillars 1-0 Enyimba.

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE FIXTURE.

since the turn of the century, only ones have a league fixture between Enyimba FC and Kano Pillars produced an away win, ( may 2016, Kano Pillars 1-2 Enyimba), Kano Pillars have been pointless in their last five visits to Enyimba FC, Enyimba have never conceded first at home in a game against Kano Pillars, Enyimba FC’s 3-0 wins in 2003(by default the game was 1-0 when Pillars abandoned the game) 2005 and 2013 are the biggest wins ever recorded in the fixture since it’s inception.
Kano Pillars have only been a to pick two points from Enyimba in away games, (2-2 draws in 2008 & 2012).

Some notable players who have played for both sides in this fixture in the recent past include, Bala Mohammed, Bala Zaka, The Late Chinedu Udoji, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Theophilus Affelokhai, Nzube Anaezemba, Gabriel Reuben, Eneji Otekpa, Etc…

Players to watch From Enyimba FC include Austin Oladapo, Victor Mbaoma, Anthony Omaka, Cyril Olisema & Samad Kadiri. While for Kano Pillars Players to Watch include Rabiu Ali, Anwalu Ali, Nyima Nwagua & Abdullahi Musa

If the above facts is anything to go by, then one can Conformably say that Enyimba is on the way of picking the maximum points in this fixture on Sunday.

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