Kick­ing off!

Weekly Trust - - Shot! -

For Nige­rian foot­ball fans, this week­end is go­ing to be a mo­men­tous one as cur­tains will fall on the 2016/2017 Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League to­day. At the end of the week 38 matches, there will be cel­e­bra­tions and mis­ery for some of the fans. Ta­ble top­pers, Plateau United are highly favoured to lift their first league ti­tle but they must first win against Enugu Rangers in Jos.

Their clos­est ri­vals MFM are away against El-Kanemi War­riors but have not given up hope of also win­ning their first ever NPFL ti­tle.

Thus, our cover story pre­views this week­end’s matches with em­pha­sis on the ti­tle con­tenders and those clubs that bat­tling against rel­e­ga­tion.

Plateau United, MFM and Eny­imba may end with con­ti­nen­tal tick­ets but there may be wail­ing and gnash­ing of teeth in the camps of ABS, 3SC, Abia War­riors and Wikki Tourists who might join Remo Stars and Gombe United who are al­ready rel­e­gated.

Still on the NPFL, we have in­ter­viewed one of the stars in the league, Ibrahim Mustapha of Eny­imba FC for your read­ing de­light. The for­mer El-Kanemi War­riors star spoke to us on his team’s chances of win­ning a con­ti­nen­tal ticket and his fledg­ing foot­ball ca­reer.

And in Europe, our man from Lon­don, David Billing­ton has served you an­other mouth-wa­ter­ing foot­ball col­umn that is filled to the brim with su­per ex­clu­sive sto­ries. Ar­se­nal and Arsene Wenger are still on his main menu.

In ten­nis, for­mer world num­ber one, Roger Fed­erer who got dumped out of the on­go­ing US Open by Juan Martin del Potro in the re­match of their epic 2009 fi­nal has con­fessed that he was beaten be­cause he didn’t de­serve to win the match that would have pitched him against peren­nial ri­val Rafael Nadal.

And with the in­ter­na­tional break over, the foot­ball leagues in Europe are back this week­end and the English Premier League of­fers an in­ter­est­ing fix­ture which is a must watch for Nige­rian foot­ball fans.

There­fore, we have pre­viewed for you the fix­ture be­tween for­mer cham­pi­ons, Le­ices­ter City and cur­rent ti­tle hold­ers Chelsea at Kings Power sta­dium.

It is an open se­cret that four of Nige­ria’s su­per stars, Vic­tor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Wil­fred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheana­cho will be in ac­tion in this po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive fix­ture from 3pm lo­cal time.

On this note, we wish you a splen­did sport­ing week­end.

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