The premature conclusion of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) came as a shock. At first it was like rumour but the confirmation from the League Management Company (LMC) took the wind of my sail.
It was a matter of integrity and an opportunity to make a statement but the club owners shocked the land. 80% of the clubs chose to end the season and rather focus on the AITEO Cup. All for the sake of a deadline.
The sour taste still lingers in mouth and everyday i wake up with the hope that the decision was a farce. The ban has been escaped, talks of Giwa is gone or at least suspended for now, the league prematurely ended and all that is left is the AITEO Cup.
The draws for the AITEO Cup were made on Thursday with Round of 64 fixtures scheduled for the weekend. Jollofsports captured the fixtures below:
- Smart City (of Lagos) vs Abia Warriors
- Rivers United vs Gusau Eleven (of Zamfara)
- Wasiu Alabelewe (of Osun) vs Enyimba Int’l
- Sokoto United vs MFM FC
- Yobe Desert FC vs DMD FC
- Akwa United vs Hope of Glory (of Calabar)
- Zabgai FC (of Bauchi) vs Plateau United
- Gombe United vs Dynamite FC (of Edo)
- Kano Pillars Feeders vs Crown FC
- Nyasagwana FC (of Taraba) vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah
- Ngwa FC (of Abakaliki) vs Kano Pillars
- Doma United (of Gombe) vs J. Atete (of Delta)
- Dan Masari FC (of Kebbi) vs GO Round FC
- Confine FC (of Akwa Ibom) vs Heartland FC
- George Turnah (of Yenagoa) vs Nasarawa United
- Katsina Feeders FC vs Jigawa Golden Stars
- Aklosendi FC (of Nasarawa) vs FRSC FC (of Abuja)
- Delta Stars FC vs Kogi United FC
- Samba FC (of Jigawa) vs El Kanemi
- Bayelsa United FC vs Fasbir FC (of Sokoto)
- Bendel Insurance FC vs Remo Stars Junior
- Ekiti United FC vs Mighty Jets (of Jos)
- FC Minda (of Gboko) vs Osun United FC
- Chief of Staff (of Yola) vs Niger Tornadoes
- Shooting Stars vs Supreme Court
- Sunshine Stars vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah Feeders
- ABS Ilorin FC vs Kebbi United FC
- Lobi Stars vs Standard FC (of Kaduna)
- Rangers Int’l FC vs Niger Tornadoes Feeders
- Wikki Tourist FC vs Crime Busters (of Enugu)
- Kwara United FC vs All Stars FC (of Abeokuta)
- Katsina United vs Madagali United
I wonder why Feeder teams are allowed to participate in the AITEO Cup but that will be a discussion for another day. For now, we have Enyimba’s CAFCC quest, the 2018 NNL, the 2018 NWPL and the 2018 AITEO Cup to worry about.
There is the small matter of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers in Seychelles. Will the Super Eagles win convincingly?