Football action at the Bankers' Games
Skye Bank returns to action this weekend in a top-of-the-table winner-takes-the lead clash with closest rivals, Union Bank as First Bank seeks to topple Standard Chartered Bank and UBA from the pole positions in Group B of the 2012 Nigeria Bankers Games.
For Skye Bank, the only team with maximum points from their outings so far, the match-up with Union Bank is the first of a double header weekend which may see them stretching their lead atop Group A Stallion Boys. Skye Bank will the following day line out against 4th placed Enterprise Bank.
Following last week’s draw against Fidelity Bank, Chima Uzomah of Union Bank said they were happy to have earned a draw against last year’s runners-up and described the fixture against Skye Bank as the key to their qualifying for the knock-out stage.
In the second match of the day, Sterling Bank and Enterprise Bank will battle for a possible place in the top four as they continue the search for their first full points of the tournament. Tied on two points, victory for either side will propel the winner to challenge Fidelity Bank for the third place.
In the remaining fixtures for the group, Fidelity Bank will also be on the prowl for their first maximum points and rekindle championship ambitions when they file out against Stanbic-IBTC, the team that brings up the rear in Group A. Stanbic lost all two previous games and might as well regain their groove against the Reginald Ihejiani boys who are yet to re-enact the form that took them to last year’s finals.
The only Group B match of the day is between First Bank and bottom-placed Ecobank. Ecobank players believe they have been undone by luck in previous games and would want a shift in their circumstance against a First Bank that also needs the win to take to the top of the table above Standard Chartered Bank.
All the fixtures will hold at the University of Lagos Sports Complex on Saturday except the clash between Skye Bank and Enterprise Bank that comes up on Sunday at 3pm. MediaVision Limited is the organizer of the Nigeria Bankers Games.