The League Management Company (LMC), organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), have now picked Nov. 3 as a new kick-off date for the 2019/2020 NPFL season.
The new date is also being backed by the conduct of the draw for the NPFL, held late on Monday, October 14, in Abuja.
It was reported hence that the draw was supervised by the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, and the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar.
Unlike last season, where an abridged competition format was adopted and a champion was determined after a post-season playoff tournament held in Lagos, the 2019/2020 season will be returning to its original 38 matchday format.
During the course of the season, which will run from November to May, each club will play in a double round-robin system.
They will face each other once at their home stadium, as well as once at that of each of their opponents, for 38 games each.
Meanwhile after a long consultative meeting which began at 6 p.m. and ended at 12 midnight, it was also agreed that the long-awaited season will now kick off on Nov. 3.
It is likewise expected to end on May 30, 2020.
The newly released NPFL time-table is subject to change and will feature only four matchdays outside the weekends; which if implemented, will be the fewest played on weekdays in the league in recent times.
Enyimba is the defending champion of the NPFL, having won a record eight league titles.
THE NPFL 2019/2020 MATCHDAY 1 FIXTURES
Wikki Tourists vs Jigawa Stars
Plateau United vs Lobi Stars
Delta Force vs Akwa Starlets
Kano Pillars vs Rivers United
Heartland FC vs MFM FC
FC IfeanyiUbah vs Adamawa United
Rangers International vs Sunshine Stars
Warri Wolves vs Akwa United
Abia Warriors vs Katsina United
Enyimba International vs Nasarawa United