Calabar Rovers midfielder Joshua Sunday has set his sights on a positive result in their opening Nigeria National League (NNL) fixture of the new year against Ekiti United this weekend.
Nicknamed “Kante” for his tenacious play, Joshua, who has been instrumental for Rovers since joining from FC ONE Rocket, has expressed confidence ahead of the crucial encounter.
Rovers FC’s form in 2023:
- 13 points from 6 games, landing them in 2nd place in Conference A.
- 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 defeat, showcasing their consistency and grit.
- Only 3 points behind league leaders Madiba FC, creating a thrilling race.
“This is our first match of the year, and Ekiti United is a strong side,” he acknowledged.
“We respect their calibre, but we also believe in our own strength, with God by our side. God has been seeing us through all this while, so we are going there to get a positive result. Nothing but a positive result by the grace of God.”
The combative midfielder has been a vital cog in Rovers’ impressive run in the NNL so far.
He featured in all six matches of the matches played in 2023, showcasing his skills and scoring the opening goal in their crucial 1-1 draw against Dakkada FC.
The Pride of Cross River finished 2023 on a high note, occupying second place in Conference A with 13 points from six games.
They boast four wins, one draw, and one defeat and are eager to maintain their momentum in the new year.
Closing the gap with league leaders Madiba FC is a key objective for Rovers.
Currently trailing by three points, Joshua Sunday and his teammates are determined to make a statement against Ekiti United and potentially narrow the distance at the top of the table.
Can Rovers FC translate their optimism into a winning performance? Or will Ekiti United prove their mettle and spoil the party?
Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: The NNL is in for a treat at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium this weekend.