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NPFL22: Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday One Preview

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After months of wait, Nigeria topflight league will in no distant time return for it’s 2022/2023 season with all Matchday 1 billed for January 8, 2023.

End of the 2022 season birthed new company who would be saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the smooth running of the league when the 2022/2023 gets underway.

Following the AGM held today, the IMC against all odds scheduled the 2022/2023 season in an Abridge format of ten teams in two different groups.

With the grouping and drawing of fixtures, below is a general review of Matchday 1 of the Nigeria professional football league season slated to kick off, January 8 across different approved Stadias.

1. Nasarawa Vs Enyimba
Grouped along in Group A, Lafia based side will be faced with an uphill task on it’s Matchday one game haven been drawn to face 7th time NPFL Champions at home.

The people’s elephant who missed out in continental football last campaign will look forward to get it right from Day one when they lock horns with the Solid Miners.

2. Akwa United Vs Bendel Insurance
Former NPFL Champions, Akwa United who fell into Group A will be faced with a tricky fixture at home on Matchday (1) against new boys, Bendel Insurance.

Newly promoted, Bendel Insurance side will however hope to make big statement when they face Uyo based side on Matchday 1.

3. Plateau United Vs Shootings Stars
Jos based side who fell into Group A will start off campaign in the new season with a date with Traditional side, Shooting Stars at home whilst Ibadan based side who missed out from relegation will hope to get it right from the blast of the kick-off whistle.

4. Kwara United Vs Gombe United
The tricky is believed to be one of the stars matches on Matchday one in Group A.

The possession based sides are tipped to thrill the fans with good football.

5. Remo Stars Vs El Kanemi Warriors
The Sky blue stars who made huge statement last time out and grabbed a continental slot will hope to do more in the new season when they play host to newly promoted, El Kanemi Warriors side on Matchday 1.

Newly promoted, El Kanemi Warriors will hope to stay afloat in the league starting from Matchday regardless drawn alongside top teams in Group A.

6. Bayelsa United Vs Dakada FC
In Group B, Newly promoted Bayelsa United Will be faced with an acid test on Monday 1 when they kick off their campaign in the topflight league with Uyo based side, Dakada.

Dakada who missed out from being relegated last season will hope to get it right from Day one.

7. Wikki Tourist Vs Niger Tornadoes
Merged in Group B, the exciting fixture ranks as one of the top matches when Niger Tornadoes take a trip to Bauchi.

8 Doma United Vs Sunshine Stars
Newly promoted Doma United will be faced with a tough Matchday one as they are fixed to face Sunshine Stars in their first game in the Nigeria elite league.

9. Rivers United Vs Lobi Stars
Defending Champions, Rivers United will hope to defend it’s title wholly regardless fixed to face, Lobi Stars at home on Matchday 1.

10. Rangers International Vs Abia Warriors
Rangers side will be faced with an oriental Derby on Matchday 1 in Group B when they face off against Abia Warriors Football Club at home on Matchday 1.

Group A

MatchDay- Jan 8th 2023
Nasarawa Utd Vs Enyimba

Akwa Utd Vs Bendel Insurance

Plateau Utd Vs Shooting Stars

Kwara Utd Vs Gombe Utd

Remo Stars Vs El Kanemi Warriors

Group B

MatchDay 1- Jan, 8 2023
Bayelsa Utd Vs Dakkada FC

Wikki Tourists Vs Niger Tornadoes

Doma Utd Vs Sunshine Stars

Rivers Utd Vs Lobi Stars

Rangers Intl Vs Abia Warriors

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Seamoriow FC Shines Bright in Thrilling Victory Against Leads United FC.

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In a gripping showdown at the Seamoriow Sports Complex earlier today, Seamoriow FC once again showcased their prowess on the field, clinching a sensational 4-3 triumph over Leads United FC.

The match, marked by breathtaking goals and intense moments, kept fans from the neighbourhood who saw the game on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

The action-packed encounter saw Seamoriow’s Paul Salako setting the tone early with a stunning goal in the 15th minute, swiftly followed by Saka’s precise strike from a low angled shot in the 20th minute. Akinjide Johnson further fueled the team’s momentum with a good finish in the 29th minute, leaving the opposition reeling. Despite a valiant effort from Leads United FC, Adeshina Lekan’s penalty in the 62nd minute sealed the victory for Seamoriow FC.

Reacting to the exhilarating win, the Chairman/Proprietor of Seamoriow FC expressed immense pride in the team’s performance, stating, “We are thrilled by this victory, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our players. Our commitment to nurturing young talent remains unwavering, and we are actively expanding our scouting network to unearth passionate individuals who embody the spirit of Seamoriow FC. Our ultimate goal is to provide promising Nigerian talents with a platform to shine and pursue successful careers in football, and we are determined to attract the best talent from across the nation.”

Seamoriow FC will next take on Breeding Professionals FA at the Legacy Practise pitch on Sunday, 25th of February in preparation for the Africa Selected All Stars Scouting Tournament the club will be participating in billed for 26th – 28th February at the practice pitch, Surulere, Lagos

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ABIA Warriors Vs Remo Stars: CEO Banana Island Offers Free Bus To Fans On Sunday

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The Banana Island CEO, Mr Francis Chilaka, will provide free bus to Abia Warriros fans, who come out en mass to support the team as they host Remo Stars Football Club at the Enyimba FC Stadium on Sunday.

Following the Umuahia township stadium ban by the League Organizers, the Umuahia based will welcome the ‘Sky Blue Stars’ in their temporary home stadium in Aba in one of the Matchday 20 fixtures billed for the weekend.

“Playing away from your traditional home ground can be difficult in football but we’re planning to make it a home away from home for the Abia Warriros with our usual support”

“The free bus will ensure the fans will be on the stands to cheer the team this will be added advantage for the team playing at its temporary home ground”

“Efforts has been made by the Club Chairman, Chief John Obuh, to return the team back to Umuahia soonest as their has been steady progress in work on the playing turf as well on the stadium environs”

“Before we return back to Umuahia, the team needs to bounce back to winning ways and that’s why the fans will be present to ginger their spirit “ he concluded.

Mr. Francis Chilaka who doubles as a Board member of the Abia Warriors management has been in the frontline in ensuring massive support for the Umuahia warlords as he offers different kinds of moral and financial support to the Abia Warriors team.

Amongst the contingent moving from Umuahia to Aba for the crunchy fixture is Chairman Abia State House Member on Sports, Hon. Chinasa Abiola, as well as other well meaning Abians.

When the games gets underway in ABA on Sunday, Abia Warriros who lost to Remo Stars on Matchday 19 will be out to make up for the lost points when the trade tackles on Matchday 20 in the first game of the league second round.

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NPFL Youth League: The Abia Warriors Boys Were Brave Enough- Francis Chilaka

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Abia Warriors Board member and football enthusiast, Francis Chilaka, has thumbed up Abia Warrior’s Under-17 lads for their bravery following their 2-2 stalemate against city neighbors, Enyimba International Under-17, in it’s first game in the South-East, zone of the on-going NPFL youth league in Enugu State.

The popular philanthropist and business guru who has been in the Coal City with the team affirmed the boys resilience which earned the team a point in the keenly contested fixture.

“It’s a derby game and the fixture lived up to it’s billing as the two young lads displayed their football artistry”

“Kudos to the boys, Abia Warriros, for their efforts as there is more room for improvement going into the next game”

In the excited fixture which ended in a stalemate, Abia Warriors side were the side who stole the show as they came with a late goal to steal headline in the fixture watched by NPFL dignitaries.

To earn the South-East slot to the National level, Abia Warriors Under-17 in it’s subsequent games will trade tackless with Heartland, Rangers Under-17 sides

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