The Nigeria Professional Football League returns on Sunday with lots of expectations from fans, stakeholders and the actors, the players.
Enyimba FC are the defending champions of the league having won the 2014/2015 edition. There are also contenders like Kano Pillars who have shopped for the best players in the land, other clubs who seem prepared to go for gold in the new season include Warri Wolves, Sunshine Stars, Nasarawa United and Enugu Rangers.
In Match Day one of the new season, CAF Confederations Cup campaigners Nasarawa United will host newly promoted MFM FC at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi a tentative home ground of the Solid Miners.
United know what to expect from the “best football playing church in the world” and they remain strong favourites to claim all three points.
In Port Harcourt, defending champions Enyimba FC will engage newly formed Rivers United FC formerly (Dolphins FC). Rivers United FC a combination of former Rivers State sponsored clubs Sharks and Dolphins look set to compound the woes of the Aba warlords who are just brimming from back to back losses in the CAF Champions League and the NFF Charity Shield to Vipers FC of Uganda and Akwa United FC respectively. However, the Peoples Elephants hold a decent record against Rivers United not losing to the Port Harcourt side in their last four matches, winning three times and drawing once.
In Kano, two former champions Kano Pillars battle Enugu Rangers at the Sani Abacha Stadium in what promises to be a mouth watering encounter.
Of the four times both sides met over the last two seasons, both sides have won two games each with the home side always having the advantage. The Flying Antelopes however have a herculean task to record a surprise away win and break a thirty-five years jinx in Kano.
Other fixtures in the opening day of the NPFL 2015/2016 includes
El-Kanemi vs Wikki Tourists
Heartland vs Warri Wolves
Ikorodu United vs Abia Warriors
Sunshine Stars vs Akwa United
Shooting Stars vs Lobi Stars
Earlier on Saturday, newly promoted Plateau United FC of Jos beat Niger Tornadoes of Minna 2-1 at the Rwang Pam Stadium.