The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has officially changed the name of the Nigeria Professional Football League to the Nigeria Premier Football League.
This exciting news was announced during the 79th general assembly of the NFF in Uyo. The congress approved the name change, and it signifies a new era for the league.
“The congress approved the change of name of the Nigeria Professional Football League to the Nigeria Premier Football League,” NFF said in a communique.
Earlier, the new board of the NPFL had already introduced the league as the Nigeria Premier Football League, unveiling a fresh logo and a new name. However, the NFF emphasized that only the congress had the authority to make this change. It’s great to see the league moving forward with a new identity.
The 2023/24 NPFL season was set to commence on September 9 with a match between 3SC and Plateau United in Ibadan. Unfortunately, the league faced a postponement due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding its sponsorship. We eagerly await the announcement of a new kick-off date.
Last season, Enyimba emerged as the champions of the league during the Super 6 playoffs in Lagos, securing their record-breaking ninth title.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Professional Football League clubs have resolved to organise more friendly games for their teams following the indefinite postponement of the 2023/24 season
Media Officer of Sunshine Stars, Michael Akintunde, said, “We were preparing for what we thought would be our last friendly game against Kwara United on Wednesday when we got the news, but right now we have to look for at least local teams we can engage at home pending the time a new date will be announced.”
In the same vein, four-time champions Kano Pillars, their northwest rivals Katsina United, Niger Tornadoes and Gombe United were quick to arrange a week-long pre-season tournament which will end on September 13.
While the clubs are trying to get busy, the players are however rue the league postponement.
Katsina United midfielder, Azeez Falolu, who has been looking forward to the start of the season said his solace is the newly conceived pre-season tournament.
“I’ll be honest, the news of the postponement was demoralising, but we hope it won’t be long before we start,” Falolu told our correspondent.
Kwara United goalkeeper, Dele Aiyenugba, said, “It is true that long preparations without competitive action can affect players, at the same time, we must avoid injuries as we await the start of the season.”