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It is going to be battle royale on Sunday, the 1st of November, 2015
when Abia Warriors Football club of Umuahia host league leaders,
Enyimba international of Aba in what has been widely described as the
“Abia el-classico”.

The Peoples Elephant will be visiting Umuahia with the intention of
breaking the jinx of never defeating their oriental brothers in the
Premier league since the capital club made it to the elite class two
seasons ago. In their previous three meetings, Abia Warriors have an
edge with a win and two draws.

In their first Premier league season, Abia Warriors, with 1-0 win
became the only team to beat Enyimba in their fortress in Aba while
the second leg encounter ended 3-3 in Umuahia. Earlier this season at
the Enyimba International stadium, Aba, the two sides settled for a
2-2 draw.

But on current form, Enyimba on 65 points lead their neighbours by 15
points and the six-time Nigerian Champions are gunning for their
seventh title and do not see the Warriors stopping them. On 60 and 59
points respectively, Giwa FC of Jos and Warri Wolves are however
giving Enyimba a run for their money but luckily, Enyimba’s last home
match of the season is against the Seasiders in Aba. So Enyimba’s
Championship ambition is not actually tied to the Abia Warriors match
on Sunday contrary to the widely held view but rather the match
against Warri Wolves where they have their fate in their own hands.

A victory against the Wolves in Aba will see them win the league even
with a game to spare against Sunshine Stars in Akure on the last day
of the league and irrespective of the result in this weekend’s
encounter against the Warriors who have won 14 of their 17 home games
so far this season.

For Giwa FC, a team of the moment that have lost only seven of their
35 games so far, their two away matches against Heartland in Owerri
and neighbours Nasarawa United in Lafia could determine their ambition
of picking a continental ticket although they are expected to win
their only remaining home game against Shooting Stars of Ibadan before
their visit to Lafia.

In all, the Abia Warriors Chairman, Chief Emeka Inyama has called on
the Enyimba and Abia Warriors officials, Players and Supporters to
maintain high sense of decorum before, during and after the game on
Sunday as government will not be happy with anybody whose conduct
could tarnish the image of the state using the match as a cover to
ferment trouble.

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