Football action at the Bankers Games
Union Bank and First Bank, which enjoyed impressive outings in their Week 3 matches, have an opportunity this weekend to snatch the leadership of their respective groups as the current table topping teams are excused from games Thursday in the 2012 Nigeria Bankers Games.
In Group A, the Stallion Boys as Union Bank are known will be the likely beneficiaries of the fixture that granted Skye Bank a rest day while in Group B, First Bank have the opportunity to establish clear dominance as Standard Chartered enjoys a match-free day.
Union Bank with four points from two matches go into today’s match against Sterling Bank hoping to grab the maximum points to go in front of Skye Bank, the only team that has earned maximum six points from their two matches.
A boastful Shina Lawal of the Stallion Boys attributed their win over Stanbic-IBTC to motivation in the dressing room after their opening game that ended 0-0 against Enterprise Bank.
“Our Coach was not impressed with the draw but after the commanding victory against Stanbic, he is telling us we can prove pundits wrong. We are determined to fulfill his rating of our team” said Lawal.
First Bank have an uphill task confronting record four times Cup winners, UBA who though are yet to bag maximum points after two matches.
Peters Offong of First Bank however believes they are in the competition to come first. “First bank have always been the first and we are ready to achieve that in this competition. Our midfield played to their strength in our last match and against UBA, it will be premium performance to ensure we moved top of the Group and retain the leadership,” noted Offong.
In a match that can best be described a survival battle, Diamond Bank takes on Ecobank with the two sides seeking their first win while Enterprise Bank and Stanbic-IBTC Bank complete the week’s fixtures in another lower log clash. Ecobank and Stanbic-IBTC are yet to win a point in the tournament.