By Taye Hassan Adigun
2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League champions will begin thir title defence against Nasarawa United as the League Management Company and club managers have fixed November 3rd as the kick off date.
The new date for the NPFL kickoff was announced Monday night as the draw for the season was held concurrently in Abuja.
The draw was supervised by the League Management Company Chairman, Shehu Dikko, and the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar.
According to the LMC, the league will revert to its original format of the 20 teams represented in a single NPFL log.
Due to late kickoff, an abridged version was adopted last season that culminated in a Super Six tourney to produce the champion.
Apart from the defending champions Enyimba FC versus Nasarawa United clash, league heavyweights Plateau United will host Lobi Stars, Aiteo cup champions Kano Pillars will host Sunshine Stars, Abia Warriors will host Henry Makinwa’s Katsina United.
This will be the first time Henry Makinwa will his former employers after leaving the Umuahia based club.
Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu will also be leading Heartland against his former team, MFM, as the Olukoya Boys travel to Okigwe to face the Naze Millionaires.
Newcomers, Jigawa Golden Stars will travel to the savannah to slug it out with Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah will host Adamawa United at home, Warri Wolves will slug it out against Akwa United, Delta Force have a date with Akwa Starlets at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba