Plateau United vs Rivers United in Jos last season. The NPFL champions will begin their title defence at Nasarawa United

Champions Plateau United will begin their title defence at next-door neighbours Nasarawa United, while Katsina United will welcome Kano Pillars in another epic northern derby on the opening game of the NPFL season on January 14.

This followed today’s fixtures draw in Kano.

Plateau United made history last season when they won the NPFL crown for the first time.

Last season, Pillars and Katsina United have reignited a long drawn rivalry in the premier league.

Pillars won at home last term, before Katsina United avenged the defeat in Katsina.

In other opening day fixtures, Rivers United will be home to El Kanemi Warriors, Kwara United against Niger Tornadoes, Akwa United versus Enugu Rangers and Lobi Stars square up against Enyimba in Makurdi.

The first week action will also see FC Ifeanyiubah clash with newly promoted Yobe Desert Stars in Nnewi, newly promoted Heartland host Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors take on MFM FC in Umuahia.

 

Week 1 Fixtures

Katsina United vs Kano Pillars

Rivers United vs El Kanemi Warriors

Kwara United vs Niger Tornadoes

Akwa United vs Enugu Rangers

FC Ifeanyiubah vs Yobe Desert Stars

Lobi Stars vs Enyimba

Nasarawa United vs Plateau United

Heartland vs Sunshine Stars

Abia Warriors vs MFM FC

Wikki Tourists vs Go Round FC

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