The newly refurbished Lafia City stadium, in the capital of Nasarawa State ,North Central Nigeria has now been selected by the board of the Nigeria National League (NNL) to host the opening fixture of the 2023-2024 season between Nasarawa and Zamfara United.
The opening game was earlier scheduled to hold at the Uyo Township Stadium, Akwa Ibom state, South South Nigeria but the latest development has seen a change of venue from Uyo to Lafia.
The opening duel (Star match) of the day will no longer be between Dakkada FC and 1472 FC of Lagos.
Subsequently, the NNL leadership has fixed Saturday November 11,2023 as the new kick off date.
Nasarawa and Zamfara are housed in group C along side El-Kanem Warriors, Yobe Desert Stars, Mighty Jets, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, last year’s Super 8 finalist – EFCC FC of Abuja, NAF FC also of Abuja and ABS of Ilorin.
Nasarawa United will be playing under a new coach Usman Adams recently confirmed to be in charge after many years of serving as assistant to the Lafia side, while Zamfara will start the quest for glory under veteran coach Alassan Muhammed.
Chief Operating Officer of NNL, Dr. Ayo Abdulrahaman, has admonished clubs to not only adhere to the tenents of fair play but also play according to the stipulated NNL rules and regulations.