Here is a preview to the 2018 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL)
Saturday, January 13
Katsina United FC vs Kano Pillars FC 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 14 (All matches 4:00 pm )
FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs Yobe Desert Stars FC
Wikki Tourists FC vs Go Round FC
Akwa United FC vs Rangers Int’l FC
Lobi Stars FC vs Enyimba Int’l FC
Heartland FC vs Sunshine Stars
FC Kwara United FC vs Niger Tornadoes
FC Nasarawa United FC vs Plateau United
FC Rivers United FC vs El-Kanemi Warriors FC
Abia Warriors FC vs MFM FC.
Nigeria's first tier of professional football resumes after a three month break, which saw Plateau United become league champions for the first time since its establishment.
Relegated teams were Remo Stars, ABS of Ilorin, Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Gombe United.
Champions Plateau United and runners-up MFM qualified to take part in the CAF champions League qualification round.
While last seasons third-placed team Enyimba will compete in the CAF Confederations Cup, alongside Aiteo cup winners Akwa United.
Four teams were promoted from the lower division (Nigerian national league) to the first tier, the teams are Kwara United and Yobe Desert Stars from the northern division while Go Round of Omoku, Heartland of Owerri promoted from the southern division.
Here is a list of the 20 coaches in the league
Abia Warriors - Rafael Everton
Akwa United - Abdu Maikaba
Elkanemi Warriors - Imama Kweku Amakpakabo,
Enugu Rangers - Gbenga Ogunbote
Enyimba FC - Paul Aigbogun
FC Ifeanyi Ubah - Ladan Bosso
Go Round FC - Ngozi Elechi
Heartland FC - Ramson Madu
Kano Pillars - Ibrahim Musa
Lobi Stars - Solomon Ogbeide
Kastina United - Abdullahi Usman Biffo
Kwara United - John Sam Obuh
MFM FC - Fidelis Ilechukwu
Nasarawa United - Kabiru Dogo
Niger Tornadoes - Erasmus Onu
Plateau United - Kennedy Boboye
Rivers United - Stanley Eguma
Sunshine Stars - Duke Udi
Wikki Tourists - Bala Nikyu
Yobe Desert Stars - Mohammed Baba Ganaru
This season, football loving Nigerians would have the pleasure of viewing League matches on National Television after the League Management Company (LMC) signed an agreement with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) to broadcast league matches across different venues around the country.
If this would change the general audience perception of the league remains to be seen.
The league would go on break from Thursday, 14 June till Sunday, 15 July due to the World Cup, also the NPFL under 15 promises second edition is expected to come up.
Defending champions Plateau United are favourites to reclaim the crown as they boast the majority of the squad who were victorious last year coupled with some useful additions.
Others are - MFM, Akwa United, Enyimba, Kano Pillars, Rangers.
Yobe Desert stars, Katsina United, Wikki Tourist, Sunshine Stars, Kwara United and Niger Tornadoes
Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM), Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United), Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba),