It might not be obvious but Nigerian Football is one of the most entertaining sporting events worldwide. It might not have the same attention as the top leagues like La Liga and the Premier League but the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is recognized as the highest level of the Nigerian football league. The country’s top-flight is also organised by the League Management Company (LMC).
The LMC officially announced the postponement of the second half of the NPFL until May 9. However, the match between Enugu Rangers and Enyimba was exempted.
‘The second round of the NPFL21 will start on May 9, 2021, with the exception of the Enyimba/Rangers outstanding fixture. The date for the game will be announced in due course’, the LMC said in a tweet.
The sudden postponement was not new to the league. With the pandemic still affecting the global sports scene, the postponement does not come as a surprise to many. In fact, Nasarawa United striker Adamu Hassan said that the players are already used to it. He also emphasized that he hopes for a fixed schedule because postponements can affect the morale of the players. It can also drastically change the sports betting odds. If you’re from Nigeria, you can place your bets here.
One of the biggest advancements of this year’s NPFL season is the introduction of NPFL TV. This allows the fans to watch the matches in both Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and its mobile application. The NTA is Nigerian government-owned and the largest television network in the country.
Kwara United is currently at the top of the leaderboard followed by Kano Pillars while Adamawa United is at the 20th spot. With Musa joining the team, there are hopes that the Pillar’s might steal the no.1 spot.
Musa’s NPFL Comeback
Aside from the postponement of the league, Ahmed Musa’s return to NPFL after 11 years also caused an uproar. As a matter of fact, former Super Eagles assistant coach Ike Shorunmu supports his comeback.
Shorunmu stated that Musa’s return to the league is one of the most-awaited news in the country. This is because it is actually rare for someone to return home to play football again after spending several years in Europe. He also said that Musa might be trying to stay fit for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Musa is now included in the rosters of Kano Pillars.
However, it is quite surprising that Musa’s pictures were not posted on Pillars’ verified Twitter and Instagram account yet. Some people have criticized the team because of this but a media officer of an NPFL club said that it should not be used to judge the whole league. Even with this heated debate, Musa vowed to lead the Pillars to victory.
‘I left Pillars over 10 years ago without winning the league then, but now, by God’s grace, I will make a special record by leading the club to the Nigeria Professional Football League title’, Musa stated.
Musa is also recognized as the first Nigerian to score more than once in the FIFA World Cup. It was a match against Argentina in 2014 and Iceland in 2018. His international career started when he was called to join the Nigeria national football team under coach Lars Lagerback prior to the FIFA World Cup in 2010 that took place in South Africa.
With his continued success, he also played with Al-Nassr FC, a Saudi Arabian football club that won during the Saudi Super Cup and Saudi Premier League in 2019.
What are you waiting for? Stay tuned and cheer for your favourite NPFL squad.
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