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Quest for the Nigerian champion: Enyimba, Remo Stars kick-off Super League



The renamed Nigerian top division football league, the Nigerian Premier League begin the Super 6 that will produce three of the four Nigerian clubs for continental competitions next season.

New logo of the Nigeria Premier League

Former Nigerian champions, Enyimba and Remo Stars kick off the 15-match festival of football at the Nigerian oldest football pitch, the waterfront Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.

The curtain raiser begin at 2pm. This is immediately followed with Sunshine Stars taking on Rivers United at 4pm.

Bendel Insurance chasing two continental tickets in two fronts – the Federation Cup and the Super 6 – will take on Lobi Stars in last match of the day.

On Monday, Enyimba will again have to endure the scorching 2pm sun when they take on Lobi Stars at 2pm. Rivers United and Remo Stars follow up at 4pm while Bendel Insurance will still have the privilege of playing in more clement weather at 6pm when they take on Sunshine Stars.

The match day 3, on Wednesday, will again see Enyimba under the 2pm sun as they take on Bendel Insurance. Two hours later, the ‘Star War’ and South West derby of Remo Stars and Sunshine Stars will be unfolded. Lobi Stars and Rivers United will play the last game of the day at 6pm.


Next week Friday is the Matchday 4. Rivers United and Bendel Insurance, the winners of both Group B and Group A respectively will clash at 2pm. It will be followed by another ‘Star War’ as Lobi Stars take on Remo Stars at 4pm. Sunshine Stars and Enyimba will meet at 6pm.

The Super 6 comes into conclusion on the eve of Nigeria’s Democracy Day. A third ‘Star War’ will be unfolded as Sunshine Stars take on Lobi Stars at 2pm.

The seemingly bitter rivalry of Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance will be settled when booth teams meet at 4pm. Enyimba and Rivers United will bring to conclusion the Super 6 at 6pm.

All the fixtures

Day 1: June 3rd

  • Enyimba FC Vs Remo Stars – 2pm
  • Sunshine Stars Vs Rivers United – 4pm
  • Bendel Insurance Vs Lobi Stars – 6pm

Day 2: June 5th

  • Lobi Stars vs Enyimba FC – 2pm
  • Rivers United Vs Remo Stars – 4pm
  • Bendel Insurance Vs Sunshine Stars – 6pm

Day 3: June 7th

  • Bendel Insurance Vs Enyimba FC – 2pm
  • Remo Stars Vs Sunshine Stars – 4pm
  • Lobi Stars Vs Rivers United – 6pm

Day 4: June 9th

  • Rivers United Vs Bendel Insurance – 2pm
  • Lobi Stars Vs Remo Stars – 4pm
  • Sunshine Stars Vs Enyimba FC – 6pm

Day 5: June 11th

  • Sunshine Stars Vs Lobi Stars – 2pm
  • Remo Stars Vs Bendel Insurance – 4pm
  • Enyimba FC Vs Rivers United – 6pm

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.