After a break in the league due to the National County Sports Meet, the Orange National League First Division returns this midweek with six crunch fixtures.
League leaders Nimba Kwado are looking to maintain their spot atop of the league table after pinning LPRC Oilers in their previous game to move first place on the table.
Kwado, led by Coach Kollie Korvy who guided Montserrado County in the just ended County Meet, will take an aim to secure a win against 7th place Bea Mountain in Sanniquelle, Nimba County.
Bea Mountain’s defense is now knowledgeable about their first task to contain Kwado’s top-performing striker, Alloy Brown.
Brown announced himself in the nation’s biggest sporting festival when he helped Montserrado County finish as Runners-up by scoring six goals in the tournament — the highest.
Bea Mountain were fortunate to have collected all three points in their previous league game after Nimba FC forfeited the match by failing to turnout.
Kwado currently sit top of the table with 14 points from six games, one point ahead of second place LPRC Oilers.
LPRC Oilers Vs. Freeport – Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) @3:30 PM
Unarguably, the biggest midweek fixture will be at the ATS when defending champions Oilers face 3rd place Freeport FC.
Oilers are going into Wednesday’s match with a 1-0 defeat against Kwado on December 6, at the ATS.
Anything less than a win for Oilers will dent their chances of maintaining or closing the one-point gap behind the league leaders.
Freeport are returning to action after a comfortable 2-0 win against Mighty Barrolle in their previous game.
Coach David Paul and eight of his players recently participated in the just ended County Meet.
Coach Paul led Grand Cape Mount to the quarterfinals with eight of his players featuring for Cape Mount. Two of his outstanding players, including Koko Nimely and Thomas Appiah, were also key players in the Grand Kru County squad that reached the semis of the County Sports Meet.
Freeport are in the third position with ten points from six games. A win for them will see them move in the second position, hoping for a favorable result from Watanga’s game.
Monrovia Club Breweries vs. Watanga- Kakata @3:30 PM
Four points from their last three games, Watanga’s 1-0 away win against Bea Mountain on November 22, was a breakthrough point that made them start knocking on the doors of the big four before their 1-0 defeat to LISCR FC at the Blue Field on November 29, followed by their 2-2 draw against NPA Anchors in their last match.
Head Coach Matthew Julutweh is now under pressure to ensure that he performs in the league upon return from the County Meet, where he performed dismally.
Coach Julutweh led Grand Gedeh in the County Meet and failed to collect a single point in all three group stage games.
For Breweries, it has been a difficult journey for them as they managed to secure a point from their last three games.
Wednesday’s game is a chance for the “Beer Boys” to bounce back to escape the relegation zone against Watanga that can’t afford drop from the top four.
Nimba FC vs LISCR FC- Ganta @3:30 PM
It is still unclear whether Nimba FC are going show up their next match, having forfeited their last two games in all competitions.
Nimba FC were fined L$400,000 by the Liberia Football Association after they failed to honor a Petro Trade Cup match away to Sandi FC in Kakata, Margibi County on 2 December and an Orange first division match away to Bea Mountain in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County on 6 December.
LISCR FC are fighting their way back to the top four despite recording seven points from their last three games.
LISCR won their last away match 1-0 against Watanga FC at the Blue Field.
Mighty Barrolle vs Small Town FC- SKD @3:30 PM
After hosting closing stages of the National County Sports Meet, the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex will on Wednesday host a league match between Mighty Barrolle and Small Town FC.
Barrolle are in the 8th position after bagging home seven points from six games.
Small Town look to be unprepared for the league season with just a point since the start of the campaign.
Nimba United vs NPA Anchors- North Star Sports Stadium
Nimba United are hosting their first home game since they settled to a 1-1 draw against Bea Mountain in their last home match.
It will be a tough match between the two teams that have had decent performances from their last three games.