The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season for 2021-22 will kick off on December 17th, 2021 with Champions Akwa United playing Kano Pillars In Uyo.
Gombe United and Shooting Stars Sports Club return to Nigeria’s top flight and would face each other on match day 1.
The first oriental derby match of the new season is among the opening fixtures with Enyimba FC playing host to their arch-rivals Abia Warriors in Aba, while Enugu Rangers travel to Katsina to face the Changi boys, Katsina United.
Niger Tornadoes will welcome Plateau United at their temporary home ground in Kaduna while there will be a reunion sort of in Akure when Sunshine Stars face their former manager, Kabiru Dogo, and Fuad Ekelojuoti who are now with Wikki Tourists at the Ondo Sports Complex, Akure.
Another matchday one fixture will see Kwara United host Dakkada in Ilorin. Kwara United almost won the league title last season, before Akwa United secured the title with seven points gap, while the Olukoya boys MFM FC will host regional rivals Remo Stars at the Agege Stadium.
Fixtures are subject to changes by the LMC
All the following Matches are scheduled to hold on December 17, 2021, by 16.00 GMT
- Gombe United F.C. vs Shooting Stars 3SC (Pantami Stadium, Gombe)
- Akwa United vs Kano Pillars F.C (Godswill Akpabio International Stadium)
- Lobi Stars F.C vs Rivers United (Aper Aku Stadium)
- Katsina United vs Rangers Intl (Muhammadu Dikko Stadium)
- Enyimba vs Abia Warriors (Enyimba International Stadium)
- Sunshine Stars F.C vs Wikki Tourist F.C. (Akure Township Stadium)
- Niger Tornadoes vs Plateau United (Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna.)
- Kwara United F.C vs Dakkada F.C (Kwara Sports Stadium, Ilorin)
- MFM F.C vs Remo Stars F.C (Agege Stadium, Lagos)
- Heartland F.C vs Nasarawa United F.C (Okigwe Township stadium)