By
Zazi Bariza

Players
and officials of Nigeria Professional Football League clubs have
expressed certainty that teams will put up improved displays in this
weekend’s Match Day 6 round of fixtures.

This
they claim is as a result of extra days of rest enjoyed by players
following the suspension of midweek matches.

Sunshine
Stars head coach, Kayode Olujohungbe says footballers always perform
better when they are well rested.

Once
teams have enough rest and play fewer games per week, no doubt the
quality will rise.

Teams
will be able to use their best eleven for every game and medical
staff will also be able to take care of injured players.

Psychologically,
the players will fare better; so expect the quality to improve,”
Olujohungbe said.

Enyimba
captain, Mfon Udoh shares same thoughts. The 24-year old striker says
he expects his team to put up an improved display against El Kanemi
on Sunday.
Enyimba
should have traveled to Maiduguri on Monday for the game (against El
Kanemi) that should have been played on Wednesday,” the former Akwa
United player told Naijafootball247.com.

That
would have been very stressful. But since it was shifted to Sunday,
the teams have been able to rest; so expect a good performance from
us.”

Oghene
Elija, whose Plateau United will be away at Nasarawa United on
Sunday, revealed that the decision to suspend midweek games afforded
his team the opportunity to declare last Monday a training-free day.

I
am very happy the game was shifted to Sunday. It has given us the
chance to have enough rest.

After
playing our last match last Sunday, we rested on Monday before
returning to training on Tuesday. This will definitely make play to
improve.”

The
hectic nature of the opening rounds of matches, which squeezed five
match days into two weeks, raised an outcry from players and coaches
of the clubs who complained that their players barely had time to
rest and train between match days.

In
a swift response, the League Management Company (LMC) decided to
suspend midweek matches, beginning with the match day six games
originally scheduled for Wednesday 1st February.

Match
day six of the NPFL will see table topping Plateau United take a
short trip to Lafia where they will hope to continue their brilliant
start to the season against Nasarawa United. The Jos-based outfit
lead the NPFL log on 13 points, haven won four and drawn one of their
opening five matches.

In
a promising oriental derby, Federation Cup champions, Ifeanyi Uba,
will look to get their season on track when they welcome last
season’s winners, Rangers to the FC Ifeanyi Uba International
Stadium. Haven picked only four points so far this term, the Anambra
Warriors cannot afford to drop further points, even against their
eastern neighbours who have also shared grave times with unfavourable
results.

NPFL
MATCH DAY 6 FIXTURES

Kano
Pillars vs ABS
Shooting
Stars vs Rivers United
Lobi
Stars vs Wikki Tourists
FC
Ifeanyiubah vs Rangers Int’l
Niger
Tornadoes vs Katsina United
Akwa
United vs Remo Stars
El
Kanemi Warriors vs Enyimba
Nasarawa
United vs Plateau United
Abia
Warriors vs Gombe United

Sunshine
Stars vs MFM

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