Wikki Tourist host Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi in Bauchi in the second of the back to back fixture against Wikki Tourists Football Club of Bauchi, which is the commence of the second round of The NPFL 2019/2020 season
Wikki Tourists who were visitors in Makurdi last weekend as the last opponents of Lobi Stars in the first round NPFL games, lost with a 2-1 margin. The victory placed Lobi Stars on the summit of the league table at the end of the first round with 35 points from 19 games, 2 points clear from the close chasing Plateau United.
Ironically, the 2-1 end result of Lobi Stars against Wikki Tourists in Makurdi was not a true reflection of play as Lobi Stars missed out of a goal feast situation and finally gave away a last minute goal to Wikki Tourists which made it appeared as a keenly contested game.
With the bashing of Wikki Tourists 3-0 by League reigning Champion Enyimba in their outstanding game last Wednesday, which sank them down a step afloat the relegation red line. On the other end, Lobi Stars will have to leave beyond the ordinary to make a good result out of the game as the only means to maintain the top spot on the log.
The game is all important to Lobi Stars to keep flying higher as well as it is to Wikki Tourists to escape a further sink down the relegation zone. Irrespective of the feelings or desire of the hosts, The Pride of Benue are in Bauchi for a star result, sentiments notwithstanding.
Pivotsports gathered from reliable source of Lobi Stars that ”The January 2020 League Bloggers Award Coach” of the month, Lobi Stars Gbenga Ogunbote said, the game against Wikki Tourists is a big game and every member of the Lobi Stars family knows the importance of the game, though the hosts are expected to come out as wounded lions given their recent results and position on the league table but all that doesn’t matter to him as his wards are in Bauchi for a positive result.
The award winning Coach is optimistic with the support of the fans and good officiating, Lobi Stars will have a good game which he expects a level playing ground at Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, Sunday.