LMC announces new NPFL 2019-2020 kickoff date

NPFL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 06/08/2019

The League Management Company has announced the new NPFL season will begin on September 22, 2019.

This was stated in an official communication sent to participating clubs by Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of LMC Matchday 1 fixtures will be played on September 22 and the season will run until May 17 next year. The league is expected to take a break from December 30 to January 10.

According to a calendar from the LMC, the Super Cup match between champions Enyimba and cup winners Kano Pillars will be played between September 7 and 8, same time as the fixtures draw for the new season.

The Annual General Meeting of the 20 clubs to feature in the Nigerian top flight will be on September 17 but last season it is an abridged league involving 24 teams split into two divisions was played as organisers seek to align the timetable of the domestic league with that of what is obtainable in most of Europe.

Enyimba are the defending champions of the NPFL, having won a record eight league titles as the People’s Elephant won the championship play-offs staged at the Agege Stadium ahead of Kano Pillars, Enugu Rangers, Akwa United, Lobi Stars and Ifeanyi Ubah who all took part in the Super-Six tournament.