The draws for the opening matches of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League, the NPFL was held on Tuesday evening with some titanic battles scheduled to hold on the opening week of the season.
The 2023/2024 campaign will kick off September 9 after it was moved from August 26.
The NPFL draws was held following the Annual General Meeting of the NPFL Club owners in Abuja.
Record champions and current title holders, Enyimba, still reeling from their exit in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League, will be at home against Bendel Insurance of Benin in the second weekend of September.
Runners-up, Remo Stars will be away to the third-positioned Rivers United at the same weekend.
For Sunshine Stars of Akure, the battle begins at home against Premier league returnee, Kano Pillars.
Sunshine stars finished fourth at the League’s play-off two months ago.
Shooting Stars craving for their first title in 25 years will be at home against Plateau United on the opening day.
𝐍𝐏𝐅𝐋 2023/24 𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇𝐃𝐀𝐘 𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐅𝐈𝐗𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄𝐒
▫️Bayelsa Utd Vs Akwa Utd
🏟️ | Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenegoa
▫️3SC Vs Plateau Utd
🏟️ | Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.
▫️Abia Warriors Vs Tornadoes
🏟️ | Umahia Township Stadium, Umahia.
▫️Enyimba Vs Insurance
🏟️ | Enyimba International Stadium, Aba.
▫️Rivers Utd Vs Remo Stars
🏟️ | Adokiye Amesimeka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
▫️Katsina United Vs Kwara Utd
🏟️ | Muhammad Dikko Stadium, Kastina.
▫️Sunshine Stars Vs Kano Pillars
🏟️ | Akure Township Stadium, Ondo.
▫️Heartland Vs Lobi Stars
🏟️ | Owerri Township Stadium, Imo.
▫️Sporting Lagos Vs Gombe Utd
🏟️ | Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos.
▫️Rangers Int’l Vs Doma Utd
🏟️ | Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
All games would be live on the *NPFL Live Streaming App.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.