The Nigeria Premier League will go on a break after week five matches on October 18 and resume a month later as a result of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which the country will host about that time.


The head of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), Tunji Babalola, told that the league will break on October 18 with only the rescheduled match between Kano Pillars and Heartland in Kano slated for October 23.

Babalola disclosed that the competition will resume with week six matches on November 18. The FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be played across Nigeria from October 24 to November 15.

Officials said world soccer ruling body FIFA will take over all the eight stadia designated for the tournament on October 17, meaning that several league clubs will then be forced to play their home games at alternative venues.

Kaduna clubs, Ranchers Bees and Kaduna United, have already had to play their home matches away from the Northern Nigeria city after their usual home ground, the Ranch Bees Stadium, was picked as a training pitch for the U-17 World Cup.

Kaduna United now play their matches in Gusau, while newly-promoted Ranchers have settled for the Sabon Gari Township Stadium in Kano.

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