From this coming September 2, the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) will come alive again after the League Management Company (LMC) announced the commencement of the new season.
This is coming on the heels of the crisis that nearly got the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) under the boot of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
NFF had earlier been threatened by the football governing body with an indefinite ban, after the elected executive committee led by Amaju Pinnick was purportedly sacked by Chris Giwa, who had an ongoing legal battle against the Pinnick led Glasshouse.
However, FIFA in a statement on Monday backed down on its initial threat having received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under its President, Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.
Prior to this, the LMC, after a break from the nation’s participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup could not announce resumption for the new season as a result of the crisis that rocked the football house.
Lobi stars of Makurdi, Benue state had finished the top of the table with 43 points, while Heartland FC of Owerri finished the 2017/2018 season with 20 points.
The LMC and the clubs however, have a top herculean task of having to meet up with October deadline of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which requires all national football bodies to submit entries for next year’s continental championship.
NPFL Proposed Revised Schedule for 2018 Season;
Matchday 25 – 2 September
Matchday 26 – 5 September
Matchday 27 – 9 September
Matchday 28 – 12 September
Matchday 29 – 16 September
Matchday 30 – 19 September
Matchday 31 – 26 September
Matchday 32 – 30 September
Matchday 33 – 3 October
Matchday 34 – 7 October
Matchday 35 – 10 October
Matchday 36 – 14 October
Matchday 37 – 21 October
Matchday 38 – 28 October