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For the third time this season, NPFL kick-off is postponed




The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) scheduled to kick-off this weekend has again been postponed and no new date has been given.

It is the third time the kick-off date has been shelved since the original date of 26 August. The 8 September kick-off is shelved as a press statement indicated the need to have the Nigeria premier Football League members focus on the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which will hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

There has hardly been any season in the past 20 years that the Nigerian league kicked off on a first announced date.

According to a press statement,   Davidson Owumi, the Chief Operating Officer explained that the League body yielded to representations from various stakeholders in reaching the decision.

“We have everything set for the kickoff in Ibadan on Saturday but following representations from multiple stakeholders and more cogent is the complex logistics involved in having our Chairman and Clubs leadership travel from Ibadan to Uyo”, Owumi told NPFL Media Wednesday morning.


He said the postponement has been communicated to the clubs so they can stand down travel plans already made.

“Note therefore that there will be no flag-off game this Saturday, September 9 as originally planned”, the letter to the clubs read. He said a new kickoff date will be communicated in a few days

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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