Bottom-three in the division, Sunshine Stars and Kwara United go head-to-head in this clash at the Akure Stadium. It is the first time both teams will meet in the NPFL since September 2015 after Kwara United made a return to the division from the second tier.
Kwara United have had to part ways with former U20 coach John Obuh as he appeared to be marching to the beat of a different drum, and they brought in Abubakar Bala who got off to a winning start against Kano Pillars though the Harmony Boys had to work their socks off to win 2-1 with Lukman Binuyo in the heart of inspiring that comeback.
However the trip to troubled Sunshine Stars comes on the back of their poor run against the Akure. Sunshine Stars have not lost in their last five meetings with Kwara United since a 1-0 loss in Ilorin in May 2012 [3W 2D].
Kwara United have had to rely heavily on Stephen Alfred for goals with their last season leading scorer in he second tier Michael Ohanu still struggling to find his feet in the top division so far. The story is different for Sunshine Stars who have quite a decent spread of goalscorers in Sikiru Alimi, Bala Yahuza and Abiodun Joseph who has been directly involved in four goals including providing three assists.
The Akure club are already tipped as favourites by pundits but Bala’s presence on the sidelines could spur on the Harmony Boys to end their long wait for a first NPFL win over Sunshine Stars in five years, 10 months and 12 days.