Makurdi, Dec. 17, 2017 (TNE) Mike Idoko, the Vice Chairman of Lobi Stars Football Club has expressed the team’s readiness for the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Season scheduled to begin on Jan. 14, 2018.
Idoko, who made this known in Makurdi on Sunday, said his team are ready and will replicate the professionalism they have always displayed in other seasons.
According to him, Benue Government’s support has contributed immensely to the success of Lobi Stars in its Pre-season matches.
Lobi Stars will begin the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League season with a home game against Enyimba FC of Aba.
Plateau United, the League’s defending champions, however, start the defence of their title with a trip to Lafia, where they will take on Nasarawa United.
According to the fixtures released by the League Management Company LMC, newly promoted Heartland FC of Owerri, return to the elite league with a home tie against Sunshine Stars, while Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia host league’s runners-up, MFM FC of Lagos
In other Week One fixtures, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi welcome another newly promoted side Go Round FC of Omoku; with Kastina United to clash with Kano Pillars in a Northwest derby.
Other match-ups will see Kwara United face Niger Tornadoes in ilorin, FC Ifeanyi Ubah lock horn with Yobe Desert Stars who are making a debut.
Akwa United begin their campaign against Enugu Rangers in Uyo, while Rivers United and Elkanemi Warriors clash in Port Harcourt.