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NPFL kick-off shifted again over sponsorship issues

THE kick-off of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) season has been postponed for the third time.

The league was originally scheduled to begin in August but it was eventually moved to September 9.

The plan was for Shooting Stars of Ibadan to host Plateau United at the Lekan Salami Stadium on Saturday in the only match of the weekend, with the other 18 teams scheduled to play their first games the week after.

However, that has now changed as the NPFL has announced an indefinite postponement, citing ‘sponsorship exigences’.

In a letter dated today, the Chief Operating Officer of the NPFL Davidson Owumi informed club chairmen and general managers of the postponement.

“The board of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) wish to inform you that the scheduled kick-off of the 2023/2024 season has been put on hold and a new date will be communicated to you,” the former Rangers striker and General Manager wrote.

“This is due to the exigences connected to the sponsorship of the league. Note therefore that there will be no flag-off game this Saturday, September 9 as originally planned.”

The NPFL has been without a title sponsor since the relationship with Globacom ended in 2016.

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