Dec 21 proposed for NPL kick-off
A top official informed on Friday: “We will propose that the league begins on December 21 with the star match, while other games are played the following day.”
The NPL congress will take place in Kano on Thursday after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) gave them a go-ahead in that respect.
The congress is expected to deliberate on several vexed issues concerning the league, from title sponsorship to the TV rights of the competition.
The fixtures for the new season are also expected to be announced during the congress.
Four teams have been promoted from the lower Nigeria National League (NNL), namely Nembe City, Bayelsa United, Nasarawa United and El Kanemi Warriors.
Four other teams lost their places in the top flight. They are Jigawa Golden Stars, Niger Tornadoes and Rsing Stars, while Ocean Boys were expelled from the league for not honouring a minimum number of matches.
Kano Pillars are the defending champions and along with runners-up Enugu rangers will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League.
Lobi Stars, who finished third on the NPL table, will also feature in the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup.