NPFL champions Plateau Utd begin title defence with derby - FCNaija

NPFL By: Linus Onyeze | 18/12/2017

Nigeria Professional Football League champions Plateau United will begin their title defence with a road trip to Nasarawa United in what will be a northern derby.

Both Plateau and Nasarawa United are next-door neighbours, and will open their respective seasons against each other at the Lafia Township Stadium, after the fixture list for the new season was announced in Kano on Sunday.

The 2018 NPFL season begins on January 14, and in the matchday one fixtures released, former champions Kano Pillars will also begin their season with a derby, as they visit Katsina to take on Katsina United.

In other opening day fixtures, Rivers United will be home to El Kanemi Warriors, Kwara United against Niger Tornadoes, Akwa United versus Enugu Rangers and Lobi Stars square up against Enyimba in Makurdi.

The first week action will also see FC Ifeanyiubah clash with newly promoted Yobe Desert Stars in Nnewi, newly promoted Heartland host Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors take on MFM FC in Umuahia.

Week 1 Fixtures

Katsina United vs Kano Pillars

Rivers United vs El Kanemi Warriors

Kwara United vs Niger Tornadoes

Akwa United vs Enugu Rangers

FC Ifeanyiubah vs Yobe Desert Stars

Lobi Stars vs Enyimba

Nasarawa United vs Plateau United

Heartland vs Sunshine Stars

Abia Warriors vs MFM FC

Wikki Tourists vs Go Round FC