Katsina United are sweating on the fitness of star midfielder Destiny Ashadi ahead of today’s high risk game at home against Wikki Tourists.
Ashadi missed last week’s game at Rivers United due to ankle injury, but head of Katsina United medical staff Abu Sufiyanu said they are still working very hard to ensure that the exciting midfielder is involved in what promises to be a very interesting game.
In his absence, Usman Barau will be deployed to a more attacking role in midfield with former Nigeria U23 ace Faisal Sani covering at defensive midfield.
Interestingly, Ashadi scored his team’s goal when they lost 2-1 at Wikki in the first round of the league in April.
Peter Ambrose and Chinedu Onyenolu got the goals for the Bauchi club then.
Katsina United will now hope to avenge that loss in front of their own fans.
‘The Changi Boys’ have been lifted by a hard-fought draw Rivers United last Sunday.
That result ended their abysmal away form as they had before this match failed to pick point away from home in 12 consecutive away games.
They thus steered clear of the relegation zone on account of this away point at Port Harcourt.
They now occupy 16th position with 43 points from 33 games.
Wikki Tourists, on the other hand, dropped precious points at home in their last match against champions Rangers when they could only play out a draw amid crowd trouble.
They are 14th on the table with 44 points.
Katsina United will leap frog the team of their former coach Bala Nikyu with another home win.
They have played 16 games at home won 13 and drew 3.
Like Katsina United, Wikki Tourists have been very poor on the road, but you can be certain they will throw everything into this game as other teams also fight to guarantee their safety in the NPFL.
By Wale Oyekanmi