… ratify Owumi as new CEO
The League Management Company (LMC) has said the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL) season will align with international Football calendar when the season kicks off in 17th December 2021.
Arising from the General Assembly meeting held at the corporate headquarters of the LMC at Maitama in Abuja between the LMC and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club owners, the new kick off date for the season was also approved.
It will be recalled the 2020/21 season ended in August when Akwa United for the first time emerged winners. It will be also be noted that major leagues across the world kicked off between August and September this year.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting which lasted for over five hours, the Executive Secretary of the NPFL Club Owners Association, Chief Alloy Chukwuemeka said the new season would start and end early enough in order to align the NPFL program with the international Football calendar.
He said Nigeria Football followers should expect a new brand of NPFL season with lots of innovation and robust competition amongst the participating clubs.
Chukwuemeka also revealed that the General Assembly endorsed the appointment of Prince Davidson Owumi of Rangers International FC of Enugu as the new CEO of the League Management company LMC.
The Executive Secretary added that Owumi received a rousing applause by the General Assembly which was also attended by the representative of the NFF President Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau, even as he assured that he would bring to the table his wealth of experience to add more value to the system.
Earlier the LMC had announced that more sponsors and partners would be unveiled soon to boost the revenue streams of the league aside NPFL television coverages of the matches and other activations.
The new season is expected to kick off across 10 centres as defending champions Akwa United will start their title defence at home in a Match Day 1 fixture against Kano Pillar at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo
Elsewhere, Gombe United host Shooting Stars Sports Club to the Pantami stadium in Gombe in both teams’ first game of their returned season to the topflight.
The Pride of Benue, Lobi Stars will host Rivers United at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi with the club’s Manager Eddy Dombraye leading his side against his state for the first time in many years.
The first oriental derby match of the new season is among the opening fixtures with Enyimba FC playing host to their arch-rivals Abia Warriors in Aba, while Enugu Rangers travel to Katsina to face the Changi boys, Katsina United.
Niger Tornadoes will welcome Plateau United at their temporary home ground in Kaduna while there will be a reunion sort of in Akure when Sunshine Stars face their former manager, Kabiru Dogo and Fuad Ekelojuoti who are now with Wikki Tourists at the Ondo Sports Complex, Akure.
Another matchday one fixture will see Kwara United host Dakkada in Ilorin while the Olukoya boys MFM FC will host regional rivals Remo Stars at the Agege Stadium. The Solid Miners ,Nasarawa United will travel to Owerri to face Heartland in another opening day tie.