NPFL: Wikki Tourist, Rangers Set For Titanic Clash

By Augustine Akhilomen

League leaders, Wikki Tourist will face a tough test in their quest to remain top of the log as the team host second place Enugu Rangers at the Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday.

Wikki have been enjoying a fairy tale story in the league this season as they have matched teams like Kano Pillars and Enyimba FC without falling on the way side.

The team is currently on 41 points after losing their last weekend's game against Plateau United. A win against Rangers international who are on 39 points could further extend their lead on the log and brighten their chances of winning the NPFL title.

The Bauchi state club's success has boils down to manager Abdul Maikaba's tactical and technical discipline which can also be compared to Rangers coach, Imama Amapakabo who has transformed the Flying Antelopes to a title contenders this season.

Statistically, Rangers have won two and lost one their last three matches against Wikki Tourist. In their last meeting, the Flying Antelopes defeated Tourist 1-0 in March this year and will be hoping to do a double on them.

The highly-rated Wikki coach, who has also worked at Enyimba and Kano Pillars, has therefore said a win against Rangers on Sunday is  crucial to their title aspirations.

"It is very, very important that we win this game because it is a match between the two top teams in the league. A win will consolidate our leadership of the table and also boost our chances to go all the way to win the league,” he said.
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