Niger Tornadoes manager Hamza Abara says Sunday's NPFL encounter with FC IfeanyiUbah is a must win as they seek to honour their late defender Hussaini Isah.
Isah who was on parade as the Ikon Allah Boys played a 1-1 draw with Kwara United seven days ago passed away on Monday evening after he was involved in an auto crash along Maitumbi Road, Minna at the age of 19, as confirmed by the club.
BREAKING: Nigerian defender dies in accident
While Abara and his boys will be looking to bounce back from the draw against Kwara United and continue their impressive performance against FC Ifeanyi Ubah when the two sides meet at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Ozobulu, Nnewi, the manager insists his side are determined to win for their departed team-mate.
"This match is for Hussaini Isah, who we lost into the cold hands of death.
"I think that everyone has to show pride, desire and a will to fight until the end of the season. This is very important for me, for my staff and for the players, also because the supporters deserve at least this.
"We have to try to do everything to continue to have the possibility to fight and maintain our top finish in the NPFL. It won't be easy, we have to be realistic, but at the same time
we have to give all of ourselves. We must show pride, desire, will to fight until the end of the season - this must be our target now."
Earlier in the season
the Niger Tornadoes beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 in Lokoja. When asked if his side could do the double, Abara added: "I hope lightning can strike twice and we can do it again. I've seen FC Ifeanyi Ubah quite a lot and they're a really good team with some excellent players.
"We'll go there and give them great respect but with a game-plan to bring points back here to Minna. They have to win all their games as a top club so doesn’t think for a minute that they will switch off. We have to hope we catch them on an off-day and we perform well. If we do, I hope we can give them a really good game." said the coach
After the score draw last week, the Ikon Allah boys who have an oustanding
game against former NPFL champions and CAF Confederations Cup campaigners Enyimba dropped to fourth on the league standings with 30 points from 21 games.