Current champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Enyimba, will kick off the defence of their title, with an away game against Dolphins on the weekend of February 20 and 21.
Dolphins last defeated the Peoples’ Elephant in March 2011, winning 2-1 at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt. But Enyimba have avoided defeat in their last four visits.
On the opening day of the new NPFL season, Heartland will also host last season’s runners-up, Warri Wolves.
Two promoted sides, Plateau United and Niger Tornadoes will take on each other. Former champions, Kano Pillars, welcome Enugu Rangers and El-Kanemi Warriors and Wikki Tourists will clash in a North East derby.
Opening day fixtures
Giwa FC v FC Ifeanyiubah
Nasarawa United v MFM FC
Dolphins v Enyimba
3SC v Lobi Stars
Sunshine Stars v Akwa United
Ikorodu United v Abia Warriors
El-Kanemi v Wikki Tourists
Heartland v Warri Wolves
Kano Pillars v Enugu Rangers
Plateau United v Niger Tornadoes