The 2018/19 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will kick off on Sunday, January 13 in various centres, with not less than six matches postponed.
This followed the conclusion of the Nigeria National League (NNL) playoff in Aba with four of the eight clubs gaining promotion to the NPFL.
The promoted clubs are Insurance of Benin, Remo Stars of Sagamu, Kada City and Gombe United.
Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company (LMC) announced the decision of the league body to shift the matches, explaining that “the games involving the promoted clubs from the NNL are being shifted to give the clubs time to return to their respective bases and make adequate plans to play in the NPFL.
“It’s only fair that the players be allowed time to recover from the rigours of the tournament they just participated in and they would join from Matchday 2 while a new date will be announced for the postponed fixtures,” added Abubakar.
The other postponed games are those between Lobi Stars and Katsina United and between Rangers International and Niger Tornadoes. While Lobi are playing in the CAF Champions League, Rangers are campaigning in the CAF Confederation Cup and both clubs are in action this weekend.
The games that will be played are in Group A Kwara United hosting Sunshine Stars and Enyimba also hosting MFM FC.
Four games will be played in Grou B and they are Nasarawa United vs Abia Warriors; Plateau United vs FC Ifeanyiubah; Kano Pillars vs Heartland and Akwa United vs El-Kanemi Warriors.
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