Following the Yuletide celebration, NPFL clubs are back in training ahead of the start of the new Nigeria Professional Football League season next Sunday.
After an early disagreement between the Interim Management Committee of the NPFL and the club owners, the 2022–23 NPFL season is slated to start under an abridged structure.
Clubs like Lobi Stars of Makurdi are eager to get off the Yuletide mood with their first training sessions of the year on Monday afternoon, barring any last-minute action by any of the parties. Everything points to the season eventually beginning next Sunday.
“Men At Work. This is how the gaffer and the players get to the business of New Year 2023. Training ahead of the NPFL opening day trip to Rivers United FC,” Lobi tweeted on Monday afternoon.
Team manager of Sunshine Stars, Seun Betiku, also confirmed to The PUNCH that the club only gave the New Year’s Day as break for the players.
“We resumed training on Monday afternoon after giving the boys the New Year’s Day off. Our attention is on our first game, a trip to face Gombe United,” Betiku said.
Eight-time champions Enyimba also shared videos of the club’s first training session of the year on its official Twitter handle with the caption, “First session in 2023.”