The Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL will commence today across eight venues with a new entrant.
The NPFL returns back to it format of straight league with 20 teams instead of the 2018/2019 season with 24 teams of abridged league.
Enyimba and Enugu Rangers will not involve on match day one fixtures due to their involvement in CAF Confederation Cup Playoffs round as Kano Pillars vs Rivers United will top game of week one fixtures.
Kano Pillars vs Rivers United
2018/2019 season runner up, Kano Pillars will welcome Rivers United to to the Sani Abacha stadium for their first league game of the season.
Rivers United held Kano Pillars to a 1-1 draw at the Sani Abacha stadium the last time both teams met in the NPFL.
Heartland FC vs MFM
Fidelis Illechukwu will welcome his former team MFM FC to the Okigwe Township stadium on match day one of the NPFL.
Illechukwu left MFM for Heartland FC this season and his first game for his new club will be against MFM FC at the Okigwe Township stadium.
Warri Wolves vs Akwa United
Akwa United will be away to newly promoted side, Warri Wolves on their first game of the season as they will be searching for their first win against Warri Wolves in five games.
The last encounter between both clubs was in 2015/2016 season which ended 3-1 in favour of Warri Wolves before they were relegated.
Wikki Tourist vs Jigawa Golden Stars
Wikki Tourist will be at home to newly promoted Jigawa Golden Stars at their adopted home ground in Gombe.
The Bauchi side will playing most of their home games away from home and their first test will be against newly promoted Jigawa Golden Stars.
Plateau United vs Lobi Stars
Plateau United and Lobi Stars will slug it out at new zaira road stadium in Jos.
The last encounter between clubs in Jos ended 2-1 in favour of Plateau United.
Delta Force vs Dakkada
Delta Force will be at home against new club Dakkada FC of Uyo at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
Dakkada FC are the Champions of the Nigeria National League and are optimistic of pulling a surprise in Asaba when they visit Delta Force.
Abia Warriors vs Katsina United
Abia Warriors will be against Katsina United at the Umuahia township stadium.
The last encounter between both teams ended in tie at the Umuahia township stadium.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs Adamawa United
Adamawa United are away to FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Nnewi.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah finished 6th last season with a disappointing performance at the super six in Lagos by losing all their games.
This will be the first encounter between both teams in the top flight.
NPFL Matchday 1 Fixtures
Sunday November 3rd.
Abia Warriors v Katsina United- Umuahia township Stadium
Delta Force FC v Akwa Starlets- Stephen Keshi Stadium
Enyimba FC v Nasarawa Utd ( Postponed)
FC IFUB v Adamawa Utd- FC Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium
Heartland FC v MFM FC- Okigwe Township stadium
Kano Pillars v Rivers Utd- Sani Abacha stadium
Plateau Utd v Lobi Stars- New Jos Stadium
Rangers Int’l v Sunshine Stars (Postponed)
Warri Wolves v Akwa Utd- Warri Township stadium
Wikki Tourist v Jigawa GS – Pantami Stadium Gombe