Akwa Ibom side, FC One Rocket, will host Warri Wolves in the curtain raiser for the new Nigeria National League (NNL) season starting this weekend.
It will be recalled that the organizers of the league announced the kickoff date of March 3rd last month as well as the format for the new campaign.
Meanwhile, before the draws for the fixtures were made on Tuesday, the governing body of the league had also earlier revealed the groupings for the Super-abridged league.
#NNL Groupings for the 2023 season.
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Season to get underway this weekend.#NNL23 pic.twitter.com/aJU4oSHy81
— Engineer Kowope (@Undisputed_Jsam) February 28, 2023
Apart from the season opener that will be played at the newly-built Eket Township Stadium, there will be a heavyweight clash between Crown FC and Gateway United in the opening weekend of the second division.
Four-time NPFL Champions Kano Pillars will begin their journey in the second tier with a trip to Sokoto United, while promotion hopefuls Vandrezzer FC will be in Omoku as guests of Go-round FC.
Other games to look forward to include Adamawa United and Yobe Stars – two teams that were in the top-flight some seasons ago, and Smart City v Sporting Lagos in the Lagos derby.
In total, 43 teams will be jostling for the four available Nigeria Premier Football League promotion tickets and at the end of the regular season, a playoff tournament will be played to produce the four clubs.
FIXTURES IN FULL:
Kogi Utd v Hypebuzz FC
Mighty Jets v EFCC FC
Abubakar Bukola Saraki(ABS) v Mailantarki Care FC
Katsina Utd v City FC
Green Berets v FWC Champions
NAF FC v Jigawa Golden Stars
Zamfara Utd v (Bye)
Sokoto Utd v Kano Pillars
Kebbi Utd v Malumfashi FC
Police Machine FHQ v DMD FC
Adamawa Utd v Yobe Desert Stars
Rovers FC v Henserd FC
Go-Round FC v Vandrezzer FC
FC One Rocket v Warri Wolves
JoyComeths FC v Ijebu Utd
Smart City FC v Sporting Lagos
Crown FC v Gateway Utd.
Abeokuta Stormers FC v (Bye)
Ikorodu Utd FC Ebedei
Madiba FC v Ekiti Utd.
Giant Brillars FC v Edel FC
Abia Comets FC v Heartland FC
Ibom Youths FC v (Bye)