The second round of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will resume on May 21 as against the earlier date of May 7, according to the league organisers.
Salihu Abubakar, the chief operating officer of the League Management Company (LMC), in a notice to clubs communicating the new date, explained that it was to allow Rangers and Rivers United complete their rescheduled fixtures.
“We also have deemed it right to accommodate the State Federation Cup finals which obviously will feature some of the NPFL clubs”, Abubakar added.
Following their drop from the CAF Champions League to the CAF Confederation Cup, Rangers and Rivers United had a number of fixtures rescheduled by the LMC and the dates have dragged beyond the mid-season break.
“We didn’t think it would be appropriate for the clubs to carry over their first stanza fixtures into the second round”, the LMC official noted.
Rivers United will on Wednesday, May 3, host Remo Stars, while Rangers play in Enugu against Plateau United in some of the rescheduled games.