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Music icons, Mohbad, Brymo set NPFL Championship Play-off aglow

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…Fans to pay gate fees of ₦1000, ₦2000 to access venue

The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Championship Play-offs 2022/2023 will be set aglow when Nigerian musical icons Mohbad and Brymo will take the centre stage on Matchday 4 (Friday June 9) and Matchday 5 (June 11) respectively to thrill and entertain fans at Mobolaji Johnson Sports Arena Onikan.

NPFL strategic partners GTI, alongside the Interim Management Committee of the NPFL have so far offered the football fiesta free to fans who thronged the match venue to watch hostilities in Matchdays 1,2 and 3 but has introduced tickets from Friday (Matchday 4) and Sunday (Matchday 5) when musical shows will commence.

GTI/TNFF Head of Media & Publicity, Andrew Ekejiuba told journalists in Lagos that the musical variety is being introduced to spice-up the event that has attracted football fans cum stakeholders within and outside Nigeria.

“On Friday, June 9, which is Match day 4 of the ongoing NPFL championship play-offs, we will be having on the sideline stage, Mohbad, one of Nigeria’s established Afrobeat Hip Hop star performer on parade with his singers and also on Sunday, June 11 for the closing events, Brymo, another big name in the musical industry will take to the stage to thrill fans and stakeholders of the beautiful game in Nigeria.

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“We believe a mix of music and football is good for the rebuilding of the NPFL brand by tapping into the appeal of music to our huge youth population to drive the project of restructuring the Nigerian football league,” Ekejiuba said.

He further revealed that the entry to the VIP extension will now attract ₦2000 while the popular terraces will require ₦1000 access fee. Ekejiuba affirmed that access to the VIP Box will be strictly by invitation as only those with the official access tags would be admitted.

The NPFL Championship Play-off results for Matchday 3 on Wednesday, June 7 showed that the fixtures between Remo Stars and Sunshine Stars ended 1-1 apiece;  Enyimba and Bendel Insurance played also a 1-1 draw, while Rivers United versus Lobi Stars game ended goaless.

Enyimba and Rivers United are tied at the top on five points after three games while Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance are also tied on three points with Sunshine Stars and Lobi Stars having two points each.

However, for Matchday 4 games slated for Friday, June 9, the opening fixture is between Rivers United and Bendel Insurance at 2pm local time; Lobi Stars will take on Remo Stars immediately after the first game, while Sunshine Stars will square up against Enyimba International of Aba for the last match of the day.

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The Play-off will determine the winner of the NPFL 2022/23 season and will also throw up the two teams that will fly Nigeria’s flag at next year’s CAF Champions League, while the third-placed team will be going for the CAF Confederation Cup.

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.

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