The new Jos Stadium will be the venue for the North-Central derby between Plateau United FC versus border neighbours, Nasarawa United FC, as the Nigerian Professional Football League enters week 24 today.
While both teams are basking in th euphoria of victories recorded in their last games, Nasarawa United, despite their 3-0 bashing of Katsina United at home, are emotional coming into today’s tie following the death of one of their reliable players,Chineme Martins, who slumped in the field of play and later died in the hospital during their week 23 encounter with Katsina United.
As a result of the ugly incident, the League Management Company, LMC, has directed that players and officials are to wear black arm band across all centres during the match day 24 fixtures, while a one minute silence will be observed at the twentieth minute of the game in honour of the late Chineme Martins, whose jersey number was 20 before his death.
Nasarwwa United are going into this clash with four wins out of five previous matches against a Plateau United side who have won three out of their last five games.
The Solid Miners, placed 14th on the league log, are hoping to become the first side this season to take maximum points off table-topping Plateau with 43 points at their home, as the Lafia-based team said their boys are ready to pay the ultimate price to win today’s game for their late team-mate, Chineme Martins.
The duo’s first meeting in Lafia ended in a 1-1 draw.
Today’s epic tie comes up by 4pm.