The
League Management Company [LMC] has postponed the opening game of the Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL) between champions Kano Pillars and
Heartland.
Heartland
were scheduled to play hosts to the champions this Saturday, but the game is
now off after the Kano club were attacked by armed robbers along Abaji-Lokoja
road on Thursday afternoon.
Five
key players, Gambo Muhammed, Eneji Otekpa, Adamu Murtala, Reuben Ogbonnaya and
Ubong Ekpai, were those left injured from the incident.
“The
League Management Company has expressed shock at the news of the armed robbery
attack on Kano Pillars Football Club contingent along the Abuja-Lokoja Road and
consequently ordered an indefinite postponement of their Match Day 1 fixture in
Owerri against Heartland FC,” the opening part of the statement from the
league body said.
Chief
Operating Officer of the league company, Salihu Abubakar, condemned the attack
on Kano Pillars.
He
added that the other nine matches of game week one will hold as scheduled with
the two matches in Port harcourt tagged the doubleheader billed to go live on
SuperSport this Saturday.
“Whilst
we sympathize with the Club and strongly condemn this crime, Clubs are advised
that the Match Day 1 fixtures will hold as scheduled except the Matches in Port
Harcourt which will now serve as a double-header and will be televised live on
Saturday,” Abubakar said.
Dolphins
will play hosts to Kwara United in the early kickoff of the opening day while
Sharks face Sunshine Stars in the second match of Saturday.
Culled from www.supersport.com

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