The League Management Company (LMC) has released matchday one fixtures for the 2021-22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) billed to kick-off on Friday, December 17.
The scribe of the NPFL Club Owners Association, Alloy Chukwuemeka, revealed in a post on Facebook that reigning champions Akwa United welcome Kano Pillars, while returnee Gombe United welcome Shooting Stars SC of Ibadan to the Patanmi stadium in Gombe.
Makurdi giants Lobi Stars will host Rivers United which will see Lobi Stars Manager Eddy Dombraye lead his side against his state for the first time in many years.
The first oriental derby match of the new season will Enyimba FC host their arch-rivals Abia Warriors in Aba, while Enugu Rangers (Rangers international) travel to Katsina to face the “Changi boys” Katsina United.
Niger Tornadoes will welcome Plateau United at their temporary home ground in Kaduna, Sunshine Stars will face their former manager Kabiru Dogo and Fuad Ekelojuoti in the Akure Township Stadium when Wikki United come to town.
Another matchday one fixture will see Kwara United host Dakkada in Ilorin.
Interestingly, Kwara United almost won the league last season, before the Promise Keepers’ secured the title with seven points gap.
The Olukoya Boys, MFM FC will host regional rivals Remo Stars at the Agege Stadium while the Solid Miners, Nasarawa United will travel to Owerri to face Heartland in their first fixture of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League.
2021/2022 NPFL MATCHDAY 1 FIXTURES
Gombe United v Shooting Stars
Akwa United v Kano Pillars
Lobi Stars v Rivers United
Katsina United Rangers International
Enyimba v Abia Warriors
Sunshine Stars v Wikki Tourists
Niger Tornadoes v Plateau United
Kwara United v Dakkada
MFM FC v Remo Stars
Heartland v Nasarawa United