Asikpo Samuel Jnr.
Coach Caleb Esu’s side Dakkada Int’l football club of Uyo will be engaged in what could be a match of the week in a Matchday 19 of the Nigeria professional football league when they host leaders Plateau United at the Godswill Akpabio international stadium on Saturday (today).
Esu and his men have taken the NPFL by storm, causing a general upset to any team that comes their way so far during this half season.
Dakkada came into the league as underdogs, having to face their toughest test ever by competing in the country’s top division.
But they have turned themselves into a force, puling out some astonishing results, including that emphatic 2-0 away victory over Rangers International.
The Orange boys are sitting fourth on the log, with 28 points, four behind table toppers and today’s opponents Plateau United.
Plateau United’s Coach Abdul Maikaba will be hoping to continue his impressive form as he is yet to loose a match in Uyo since leaving Akwa United after a wonderful two-season stay with the Promise keepers, winning the maiden edition of the Aiteo Cup and taking them to second behind Lobi Stars when the league was abruptly ended in 2018.
Dakkada have gone through the entire mid-season, losing just a single game away from home, but have struggled to replicate this resilient performance at home, losing three home games already before today’s visit by plateau United.
Coach Esu has recorded seven victories with seven draws and four losses, gathering a whopping 28 points thus far.
The Nigeria National League Champions have gone a point above City rivals Akwa United who on their own are on a rebuilding process, having lost some key members of the squad to mega signings abroad.
The league’s new comers Dakkada have scored twenty goals, conceding 15, leaving +5 goal difference in their bag.
The league will enter it’s mid-season break after these round of fixtures, and a win for Dakkada against the Abdul Maikaba’s led side will take them to thirty-one (31) points, the highest recorded by any league debutants before mid-season in the NPFL era.
The win possibly will also give them a hope that any continental spot could be available at the end of the season as they will move to third on the log should Rivers United fail by any means to win Kwara United.