Katsina United, nicknamed ‘The Chanji Boys’, will be looking to end their dismal run of form away from home when they take on Shooting Stars in an NPFL match day 29 at the Adamasingba Stadium Ibadan today.
Katsina United defeated one of the NPFL front-runners Lobi Stars 2 -1 last Sunday to maintain their unbeaten home record and at the same time steer clear of relegation worries.
Goals from Katsina United top scorer Chinedu Udechukwu and Suleman Ibrahim ‘Dan Sule’ ensured that coach Baldwin Bazuaye boys remain unbeaten at home this season.
Shooting Stars, who have not been consistent thus far this season, held champions Enugu Rangers to a 1-1 draw in Enugu last weekend.
The reverse of this match was played in February and it ended 1-1 in Katsina.
A penalty kick goal by Katsina United captain Nasiru Sani, who just got his first international call-up last week, gave his team the lead in the first half only for ‘The Oluyole Warriors’ to fight back and draw level via a powerful header at the tail end of the encounter.
Poor travelers Katsina United will put in everything into this game as they are looking forward to pick their first point on the road in 10 games and score their first goal in seven games.
Coach Bazuaye expressed confidence his team can upset Shooting Stars at home
“Yes, it is possible for us to pick a positive point here in Ibadan,” assured the young coach, who in his playing days played for the Ibadan club.
“We have been working on how we can end our poor run of form away from home and I am sure we are gradually correcting our mistakes.
“Who knows we can actually get it right here in Ibadan? We will continue to fight until we get it right.
“If Shooting Stars could come to Katsina and pick a point, who says we cannot beat Shooting at their home?
“Let’s just wait and allow the 90 minutes to decide the outcome of the game.”
However, Musa ‘Ronaldo’ Suleman and Chinedu Udechukwu have been ruled out of this crucial match due to injury and some other key players did make this trip due to fatigue.
Both teams clashed when Shooting Stars visited Katsina in the on-going NPFL season in February and the game ended 1 – 1.
They will have to be at their best if they want to end their poor run of form away from home and grind out a positive result in this epic clash
Katsina United have just been able to pick two points away from home thus far this season out of possible 52 points.
And they have gone seven games away without a goal.
The last time ‘The Chanji Boys’ scored away from home was against Wikki Tourists at the Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi and it was scored by Ashadi Destiny.
Shooting Stars home run of form in the last five league games
Katsina United away run of form in the last five league games
Shooting Stars run of form in the last five league games
Katsina United run of form in the last five league games
Shooting Stars are 19th on the league table with 33 points from 28 matches, while Katsina United occupy 12th position on the table with 38 points from 28 games.
Players to Watch
Shooting Stars – Abu Azeez
Katsina United – Suleman Ibrahim
Venue – Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan.
Date – Sunday 16th July, 2017.
Time – 4pm
By Wale Oyekanmi