January 13th has been fixed as official resumption date for the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season with a total of 24 teams to take part in an abridged format with playoffs scheduled to be played between 13 – 25th of May 2019. footballlive.ng can confirm.
In a letter dated December 20th and forwarded to the 20 clubs in the NPFL, Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company Salihu Abubakar intimated the club managements of the calendar of activities for the new season which was earlier scheduled to resume on December 1st.
The calendar also includes the dates of Aiteo Cup matches which are subject to amendment by the NFF. With the league resuming on January 13, the ending date for the regular season has been fixed for May 12.
Provision has been made for the league to observe compulsory breaks during the 2019 general election in the country; February 16 for the presidential and National Assembly elections while March 2nd will also be observed as break for the gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
The earlier scheduled date for the start of the league season was unachievable due to misunderstanding between the LMC and management of the Nigeria National League which also led to the resignation of NNL CEO Bukola Olopade.