2022/2023 NPFL kick-off date now certain as Akwa United host Insurance FC


The Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Professional Football League (IMC-NPFL) on Wednesday in Abuja conducted the draw for the 2022/2023 NPFL competition.

The draw for the new season, which will be in an abridged format of two groups of 10 clubs, saw the clubsides being drawn into Group A and Group B.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the league is scheduled to begin on Jan. 8.

Group A has Nasarawa United of Lafia, Enyimba International of Aba, Akwa United of Uyo, Bendel Insurance of Benin, Plateau United of Jos and Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan.

The rest in this group are Kwara United of Ilorin, Gombe United of Gombe, Remo Stars of Ikenne and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri.

In Group B, Bayelsa United of Yenagoa have been drawn alongside Dakkada FC of Uyo, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, Niger Tornadoes of Minna and Doma United of Gombe.

Others in this group are Sunshine Stars of Akure, defending champions Rivers United of Port Harcourt, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, Rangers International of Enugu and Abia Warriors of Umuahia.

At the draw ceremony, the fixture between Akwa United and Bendel Insurance FC scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo was picked as the star match.

The following are all the Match Day 1 fixtures:

Group A

Nasarawa United vs Enyimba International

Akwa United vs Bendel Insurance FC

Plateau United vs Shooting Stars

Kwara United vs Gombe United

Remo Stars vs El-Kanemi Warriors

Group B

Bayelsa United vs Dakkada FC

Wikki Tourists vs Niger Tornadoes

Doma United vs Sunshine Stars

Rivers United vs Lobi Stars

Rangers International vs Abia Warriors

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