The League Management Company [LMC] has postponed the opening game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) between champions Kano Pillars and Heartland.
Heartland were scheduled to play hosts to the champions this Saturday, but the game is now off after the Kano club were attacked by armed robbers along Abaji-Lokoja road on Thursday afternoon.
Five key players, Gambo Muhammed, Eneji Otekpa, Adamu Murtala, Reuben Ogbonnaya and Ubong Ekpai, were those left injured from the incident.
"The League Management Company has expressed shock at the news of the armed robbery attack on Kano Pillars Football Club contingent along the Abuja-Lokoja Road and consequently ordered an indefinite postponement of their Match Day 1 fixture in Owerri against Heartland FC," the opening part of the statement from the league body said.
Chief Operating Officer of the league company, Salihu Abubakar, condemned the attack on Kano Pillars.
He added that the other nine matches of gameweek one will hold as scheduled with the two matches in Port harcourt tagged the doubleheader billed to go live on SuperSport this Saturday.
"Whilst we sympathize with the Club and strongly condemn this crime, Clubs are advised that the Match Day 1 fixtures will hold as scheduled except the Matches in Port Harcourt which will now serve as a double-header and will be televised live on Saturday,” Abubakar said.
Dolphins will play hosts to Kwara United in the early kickoff of the opening day while Sharks face Sunshine Stars in the second match of Saturday.
culled from supersport.com