Second round matches of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have now been scheduled to commence on Sunday, May 21, a shift from the earlier date of May 7.
The Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company (LMC), Salihu Abubakar, in a notice to clubs communicating the new date, explained yesterday that it was to allow Rangers International and Rivers United complete their rescheduled fixtures.
â€œWe also have deemed it right to accommodate statesâ€™ Federations Cup finals which obviously will feature some of the NPFL Clubs,â€ Abubakar added.
Following their drop from the CAF Champions League to the CAF Confederation Cup, Rangers and Rivers United had a number of fixtures rescheduled by the LMC and the dates have dragged beyond the midseason break.
â€œWe didn’t think it would be appropriate for the clubs to carry over their first stanza fixtures into the second roundâ€, the LMC official noted.
Rivers United will tomorrow, May 3 hosts Remo Stars while Rangers play in Enugu against Plateau United in some of the rescheduled games.