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Nine-time Nigerian champions, Enyimba begin title defence with fixture against Bendel Insurance



Last time out...Enyimba vs Bendel Insurance at the Super 6

The draw for the opening matches of the Nigeria Premier Football League, the NPFL has been done throwing up some titanic battles.

Record champions and current title holders, Enyimba will be at home against Bendel Insurance of Benin in the second weekend of September.

Runners-up, Remo Stars will be away to the third-positioned Rivers United at the same weekend.

For Sunshine Stars of Akure, the battle begins at home against Premier league returnee, Kano Pillars

Sunshine stars finished fourth at the League’s play-off two months ago.


Shooting Stars craving for their first title in 25 years will be at home against Plateau United on the opening day.

NPFL 2023/24 Opening Weekend:

  • Bayelsa United Vs Akwa United
  • Shooting Stars Vs Plateau United
  • Abia Warriors Vs Niger Tornadoes
  • Enyimba Int’l Vs Bendel Insurance
  • Rivers United Vs Remo Stars
  • Katsina United Vs Kwara United
  • Sunshine Stars Vs Kano Pillars
  • Heartland Vs Lobi Stars
  • Sporting Lagos Vs Gombe United
  • Rangers United Vs Doma United


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.