On Sunday, ABS FC and Rivers United FC go toe to toe in one of the stand out fixtures on match day 29 in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Given their precarious positions on the league table, the two sides are desperately in need of points.

ABS is currently in the drop zone while United hovers just above relegation and a defeat on Sunday could see the manager of either side receive the hammer.

The reverse fixture ended 2-0 in favour of Rivers United but almost four months have passed since that confrontation.

ABS’ head coach, Henry Makinwa has since been handed a three-match ultimatum following his side’s 2-4 lose to Sunshine last Sunday.

The youthful trainer is however unruffled by the latest turn of events as he insists that he remains focused on steering his young side away from troubled waters.

“I know my worth and I accept the ultimatum in good faith because I work with young boys (footballers),” Makinwa told Rivers United official website.

“We have proved our worth in the first half of the season, but the second half has been a bit rough for us. 

“The three-match ultimatum does not disturb me. We will come out on Sunday to play good football. 

“I am not going to set up my team to play defensive football.  We know the risk involved but on Sunday good football will be guaranteed,” he said.

From the United camp, the voices are predictably bullish.

Right back, Markson Ojobo believes the ‘Pride of Rivers’ could finally strike gold on the road for the first time in all competitions this term.

The former Enyimba man believes a victory could be on the cards in Illorin.

“We want our fans in Illorin to come and cheer us up on Sunday because we hope to bring all three points back to Port Harcourt,” Ojobo said.