Wednesday July 21, 2021 at the Aper Aku Stadium, Lobi Stars will renew hostilities against a familiar Nasarawa United in a fierce North Central derby of The NPFL 2020/2021 Matchday 34.
Still basking in the euphoria of a stunning away draw in Katsina by a second tier squad, which weaken the two match ultimatum from the management to players. Lobi Stars will go in to the game with a strengthened aura of confidence, playing with a record tag of keeping the best home result in the current season, having ran 23 Matchdays without dropping a home point.
Ironically, Makurdi at all times appear to be home to Nasarawa United which therefore reduces the game to a local derby. Recall, Nasarawa United had previously used the Aper Stadium as their home ground which is an added advantage. The above not withstanding, Lobi Stars cannot afford to drop a home point as this is their last consequential game. If Lobi Stars achieve victory today, they will certainly not need any other point again out of the 4 remaining games to stay safe from the drop zone.
On the other hand, Nasarawa United seem to set the game as thier proximity target with the hope of making premium from the forgoing advantages thereof, and would not leave any stone unturned to pull out a favourable result from the derby.
Nasarawa United is currently second on the league table and hotly chasing the NPFL 2020/2021 title with 58 points, 3 below Akwa United’s 61, closely followed by Kano Pillars who are occupying the 3rd spot with equal number of points with Nasarawa United but separated by a slim margin of two goal difference, and as such desperate to pick an away game to secure their continental ticket.
Though Lobi Stars may be looking unperturbed on the table occupying the 8th position on the log with 50 points, but pride and professionalism are at stake in the game under preview. As Lobi Stars will not be taking anything for granted at least in their home front to keep the uniterrupted home win a going concern and also settle the paycut ultimatum.