The reigning champions, Enyimba of Aba, will start their quest for a second championship in the 2023–24 Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) on September 9 when they host Bendel Insurance, one of the nation’s two surviving teams on the continent.
After the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) board’s first annual general meeting yesterday in Abuja, the draws yielded a number of intriguing Week One matchups, including Rivers United’s home match against Remo Stars and the match between Heartland and Lobi Stars in Owerri.
At Akure, Sunshine Stars will host Kano Pillars, Katsina United will compete against Kwara United, and Niger Tornadoes will be hosted by Abia Warriors in Umuahia.
Enugu Rangers play Doma United, Bayelsa United host Akwa United, Sporting Lagos make their NPFL debut against Gombe United, while Plateau United and Shooting Stars square off in Ibadan.
NPL Chairman Gbenga Elegbeleye had earlier welcomed everyone to the meeting and stated that the attendance was a sign of the board’s efforts to make the NPFL competitive on the continent and commercially appealing to corporate Nigeria and enterprises.
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Elegbeleye stated: “Our goal is to expand the revenue base to the point where the teams may use sponsorship shares to pay for infrastructural improvements and to entice excellent players from outside of Nigeria.
It makes my heart happy to mention the broadcast streaming agreement with Propel Sports Africa once more. As of right now, the company has installed cameras at 10 locations as a start-up.
The deployment, installation, and testing of the AI cameras have so far taken place in Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Uyo, and Aba. Ilorin, Jos, Gombe, Katsina, and Kano are more places. The geographic zones are covered by the distribution. There will be a significant announcement on the broadcast streaming deal in the coming days.
Reiterating that the board would be strict in enforcing the rules and regulations and fair to all teams, he asked the clubs to work with Propel Sports Africa to stream the league games live.
No one’s interest will be given preference when the rules are applied because the league’s success is our only concern. In order to ensure that the Nigeria domestic league reclaims a pride of position in Africa, we would thus be building on the successes of the previous season, he stated.
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