How to watch the NPFL live on TV and mobile

How to watch the NPFL live on TV and mobile
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Fans of domestic football in Nigeria are in for a treat in the upcoming season, as they can watch the NPFL live.

The local organising committee has been working assiduously to ensure the Nigeria Professional Football League becomes top-quality, comparable to what obtains in Europe.

It is hard to confess that the affairs of the elite division have been anything but professional. The issues with the game in Nigeria have not received thoughtful attention.

The handling of the league has been, at best uninspiring. It is little wonder the fans have deserted the games.

Watching the NPFL live without going to the stadium has been a massive headache for fans in Nigeria. The broadcast of the matches was a rarity.

With the season about to commence, almost everything is in place to ensure a hitch-free broadcast of the NPFL live.

Propel Sports to broadcast the NPFL live

Following the partnership with league organisers, Propel Sports has the sole rights to broadcast the NPFL live.

In a landmark agreement with the NPFL, the 2023/24 season will witness the beaming of matches to Nigerian fans via an app.

The agreement between Propel Sports and the league body to broadcast the NPFL live is believed to be worth around $5 million yearly.

Though the NPFL board has yet to issue an official announcement about the deal's worth, the arrangement shows its commitment to improving the league's standard.

Where to watch

Propel Sports and the NPFL will soon make the app available to stream the NPFL matches live. The NPFL live app is not yet ready.

Selected stadia to broadcast the NPFL live

npfl live akwa ibom stadium
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While Propel Sports is working assiduously to get equipment into all the stadiums of the NPFL teams, they have already deployed to ten s.

The ten venues that have received the Pixelot AI cameras for the live streaming of the matches include Mohammed Dikko Stadium (Katsina), Godswill Akpabio Stadium (Uyo), Kwara State Stadium (Ilorin), Enyimba Stadium (Aba), Sani Abacha Stadium (Kano), Rwang Pam Stadium (Jos), Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium (Benin), Pantami Stadium (Gombe), Lekan Salami Stadium (Ibadan), and Mobolaji Johnson Arena (Lagos).

The broadcast partners of the NPFL intend to deploy to other stadiums before the season starts.

Clubs banned from streaming the games live

npfl live Bendel Insurance during warmup
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Nigerian clubs used to beam their league matches to their fans via YouTube and Facebook. It helped their fans from across the globe to keep abreast of the club games.

The idea by the clubs to stream their matches live will no longer be allowed, as the NPFL board has banned all clubs from broadcasting the NPFL live.

Following their partnership with GTI Asset Management & Trust Limited, which brought Propel Sports on board, NPFL clubs will no longer broadcast their matches.

The NPFL board issued the ban after the prize money review for the 2023-24 season winner.

Chairman of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Honourable Gbenga Elegbeleye, said the NPFL 2023/24 season winner will cart home N150 million.

The initial date for the commencement of the league was August 26, but due to the continental commitments of Enyimba, Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance, the date had to be postponed.

The new date is now September 9, with Shooting Stars hosting Plateau United. The other games will commence after the international break on September 17.

Opening fixtures of the NPFL 2023/24 season

Enyimba are the defending champions after they won a record ninth title.

Their Aba stadium is one of the venues where equipment was deployed for the broadcast of the NPFL live, and they will host CAF Confederation Cup contenders Bendel Insurance on September 17.

Another juicy tie is that of Remo Stars (who recently crashed out of the CAF Champions League) and CAF Confederation Cup contestant Rivers United.

The Sky Blues will travel to Port Harcourt, seeking their first three points of the season.

New boys to the big league will play their first NPFL match at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos. They will host Gombe United.

Full Fixtures

September 9, 2023

Shooting Stars

vs

Plateau United

September 17, 2023

Sporting Lagos

vs

Gombe United

Bayelsa United

vs

Akwa United

Abia Warriors

vs

Niger Tornadoes

Enyimba Int'l

vs

Bendel Insurance

Rivers United

vs

Remo Stars

Katsina United

vs

Kwara United

Sunshine Stars

vs

Kano Pillars

Heartland FC

vs

Lobi Stars

Rangers United

vs

Doma United

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months 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. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).