NPFL week 20 matches postponed due to AFCON 2023

NPFL week 20 matches postponed due to AFCON 2023
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For followers of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), the organising board has put a dampener on the proceedings of the league.

With league action set to continue this weekend, the board has announced a postponement to the kick-off for the second stanza of the 2023-24 season.

The NPFL board claimed their decision was due to the public demand because of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

The league has suffered several postponements this season and rescheduling of matches due to varying reasons.

Week 15 and 16 matches were rescheduled due to the Christmas holidays, while several week 18 matches saw their dates shifted.

Why the NPFL postponed week 20 fixtures

The league was due to continue on February 4th, but the NPFL has announced February 14th as the new date.

In a letter addressed to various clubs on Wednesday, the NPFL Board explained the reason behind the delay, emphasising the need to capture the undivided attention of players, fans and stakeholders during Africa’s top international football spectacle.

“Be informed therefore that a new date of February 14th has been decided for the commencement of the second stanza of the season,” the NPFL statement said.

“This decision was reached to capture the full attention of players, fans, and all other stakeholders at this time of prime African football tournament.”

Nigeria’s progression to the quarterfinals after a thrilling 2-0 victory against Cameroon in the round of 16 has undoubtedly heightened football fever across the nation.

The Super Eagles will clash with the Palancas Negras of Angola on Friday evening, with the tournament ending on February 11.

The league has enjoyed remarkable progress this season, with Lobi Stars sitting atop the table with 36 points and closely followed by Remo Stars (35), Doma United (32), Kano Pillars (32 and Enyimba (32).

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.