C.O.D United vs. Bayelsa United
C.O.D United -WLLLW
Bayelsa United WWWLWL
C.O.D United steps onto the field of play at the Onikan Stadium knowing fully well only a win against promotion candidates and table toppers Bayelsa United can banish the ghost of relegation to the Amateur League.
A draw could still be enough if other results involving Crown at Abia Warriors and Insurance hosting Promotion hopefuls Gateway go their way. The team however has cause for optimism ahead of the must-win encounter having been playing well under Coach Alabi Kazeem who took over after the dismissal of Coaches Samuel Abimbola and Bassey Iyang. This was confirmed by the four-nil thumping of Ajiroba Ooni on the penultimate Match-day.
Coach Alabi has a near-fit squad to choose from with only long-term injury absentee Peter Abakpa missing for the game while Unregistered Flying Eagles Striker Christian Josiah remains ineligible. Speaking with an eye on the Bayelsa game Coach Alabi was very optimistic his wards would get the win that would preserve C.O.D United's professional status.
I go for a C.O.D United outright win in this one as a result of the recent resurgence shown by the team in the last two games though Bayelsa United would want to play for a draw which would guarantee NPL promotion with a better Goal Difference of +7 than second placed Gateway and three points better. My Verdict: C.O.D United 3 Bayelsa United 1.