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NPFL resumes new season December 6

NEWSMAN – Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) fixtures for the 2020/21 season has been released, and the opening weekend on December 6 will kick start with eight time champions Enyimba hosting Abia Warriors at the Aba Township stadium.

Second day of the match will see the Elephants of Aba on a tricky trip to Ilorin where they will face Kwara United.

The League Management Company on Monday released detailed fixture of how the new season is expected to end on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

However, the fixtures also put an end to earlier speculation that the league will be played in an abridged format to make up for lost time and help align it with those of their European counterparts, PUNCH reported.

Other opening day fixtures will see four time-champions Kano Pillars play away to Adamawa United in Gombe while MFM FC will play their opening game of the season against Warri Wolves at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

CAF Confederation Cup campaigners Rivers United will test their kits against Enugu Rangers in an Oriental derby while FC Ifeanyi Ubah might play their opening game at the Aba or the refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

Akwa United will face neighbours Dakkada FC at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium while Plateau United will begin their campaign against Kwara United in Bauchi.

Others fixtures see Nasarawa United host Wikki Tourists in Markurdi while Jigawa Golden Stars welcome Sunshine Stars in Katsina.

Katsina United will welcome Heartland FC while Rivers United will host Enugu Rangers, IfeanyiUbah will also face Lobi Stars or Benin according to the opening day fixture.

Plateau United will also face Kwara United in Bauchi.

With only 13 stadia across the country deemed fit to host games in the forthcoming season, most teams will be playing away from their traditional games.

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