…Indomitables target fifth straight league win
FC ONE Rocket’s new found momentum faces a tough challenge against Vandrezzer FC in a derby at the Eket Stadium by four o’clock in the afternoon today.
The Indomitables have recorded four straight wins, which have seen them rise from trailing hitherto league leaders, Rovers FC by five points to topping the Nigeria National League (NNL) Southern Conference Group B1 log with two points; the recent one being the 2-1 away triumph over Rovers FC.
After the reverse fixture ended goalless, Ndubisi Ndah’s men will look to reign over their neighbours who have been struggling lately. A 1-1 home draw against Rovers in Eket and last Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Warri Wolves have brought discomfort to Niambele Mohammed and his side.
Interestingly, the Indomitables have never lost to the Lions of Naija, both in friendlies and competitive games. A 1-1 friendly draw, a 2-1 Akwa Ibom State FA Cup semi final win for FC ONE Rocket, and a goalless draw earlier in the season define the three encounters between both sides.
Aware of the importance of today’s game, which could get his side a spot in the playoff if Rovers drop points against Go-Round, Ndubisi Ndah has charged his FC ONE Rocket squad to stay focused and show commitment.
“I appreciate your efforts over the last few games, but those matches are in the past. We have a big test against Vandrezzer FC in Eket. We are getting closer to where we want to be, and this is the game that will take us there.
“We have to approach the game with all seriousness and attack from the blast of the whistle. I trust you to deliver as always. The fans want us to win, and our duty is to make them happy.”
Within the week, Chairman, Rt. Hon. Nse Essien and the General Manager, Ubong Essien took turns to encourage the players to stay focused and determined to fight to the end, while assuring them of the needed support as always.
FC ONE Rocket Team News
It is an unchanged squad from the last two games, the 2-0 win against Go-Round and the 2-1 win over Rovers.
Red-hot forwards, Clinton Jephta and Wonderson Yakubu, alongside their partner in troubling the opposition, Paul Ogunkoya keep their places in attack, and are joined by Samuel Anietie.
Charles Etim, James Sunday, Harrison Ebah, Bidemi Obodu, Solomon Boyo and Mohammed Muawiyya remain the defenders in the squad.
Lordful Philip and Biram Haladji maintain their spots as goalkeepers, while Ugochukwu Obiri, Bright Osah, Julius William, Efe Kegbe, Nasiru Jibril, Joshua Sunday, Ugochukwu Agucho and Ambrose Ochigbo will fight for starting berths in midfield.
FC ONE Rocket Form Guide
FC ONE Rocket 2-1 Warri Wolves
Vandrezzer FC 0-0 FC ONE Rocket
FC ONE Rocket 0-0 Rovers FC
Go-Round FC 2-1 FC ONE Rocket
FC ONE Rocket 3-1 Henserd FC
Henserd FC 2-3 FC ONE Rocket
FC ONE Rocket 2-0 Go-Round FC
Rovers FC 1-2 FC ONE Rocket
Vandrezzer FC Form Guide
Go-Round FC 1-3 Vandrezzer FC
Vandrezzer FC 0-0 FC ONE Rocket
Warri Wolves 1-1 Vandrezzer FC
Henserd FC 2-0 Vandrezzer FC
Vandrezzer FC 1-1 Rovers FC
Rovers FC 1-0 Vandrezzer FC
Vandrezzer FC 2-0 Henserd FC
Vandrezzer FC 0-1 Warri Wolves
The hosts, FC ONE Rocket lead the group with 17 points, while Vandrezzer FC are fourth with nine points after eight games – heading into the derby – which promises to be a spectacle for fans, who can see the game for free at the Eket Stadium.