The draw for the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) season Champions Play-off will hold on Friday, June 2 at the corporate headquarters of GTI Group, investment Partners to the league.
According Davidson Owumi, IMC’s Head of Operations, plans for a successful Play-off have reached advanced stage and the Draw event would mark the official commencement of the season ending event, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
“Invitations have been sent out to our partner Media organisations and dignitaries that would grace the occasion”, Owumi said through the IMC Media.
Defending champion, Rivers United, led Lobi Stars and Sunshine Stars in Group B to reach the Super 6 while Bendel Insurance, Remo Stars and Enyimba emerged from Group A.
The Play-off will hold from June 3 -11 at the Mobolaji Arena in the Onikan area of Lagos.
NPFL Head of Communications, Harry Iwuala disclosed that issuance of accreditation passes to media houses wishing to cover the play-off will commence at the Draw event.
“We would want to implore media organisations wishing to cover the play-off to send accreditation requests to the DM of the NPFL email account @NPFL NG or [email protected] on or before 6pm on Thursday, June 1.
In a related development, Vice Chairman of the IMC, Paul Bassey, has been named as Head of the Play-off Local Organising Committee.
Bassey is expected to bring his wealth of experience in similar position at state, national and international competitions to ensure a successful organisation of the tournament to determine the Champions of the season.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Professional Football League has released the names of the Match Officials to officiate in the upcoming 2023 NPFL Super Six playoffs scheduled for June 2023.
The list was released on Wednesday afternoon, the 31st of May, 2023, and contains eight referees, eight assistants, four assessors, a referee trainer, and a match official coordinator.
Also noted in the official publication are members of the referee Committee, including the Chairman – Faith Irabor, and another member Bello Abubakar.
Top of the list of referees is FIFA accredited and badged, Joseph Ogabor from Cross Rivers State, and assistant referee, Samuel Pwadwatukam who hails from Adamawa State.
Only Lagos produced two referees; Ridwan Ayeni who’s a center referee, and Hope Igho who’s an assistant.
Felicia Okwugba from Plateau State, and Peter Edibe from Cross Rivers, amongst others, are lined up as assessors for the Super Six playoffs, with Chukwujekwu C. C. from Lagos, standing in as a Referee trainer.
Full official list as released:
1. Ogabor Joseph (Cross Rivers)
2. Kassimm Abdulasalam (Zamfara)
3. Bashir Salihu (Kano)
4. Abubakar Abudullahi (Niger)
5. Abdulmalik Madaki (FCT)
6. Ridwan Ayeni (Lagos)
7. Babayanju Saheed (Ondo)
8. Ndidi Patiece Madu (Enugu)
1. Samuel Pwadwatukam (Adamwa)
2. Hope Igho (Lagos)
3. Usman Abdulmajid (Oyo)
4. Ahmad T. Mustapha (Katsina)
5. Muhammed Yakubu Mahmud (Bauchi)
6. Digbori Tejiri (Delta)
7. Abibat Yusuf (Rivers)
8. Moses Alayemola (Sokoto)
1. Felicia Okwugba (Plateau)
2. Peter Edibe (Cross- Rivers)
3. Emmaunel Imiere (Edo)
4. Oba James Odenran (Oyo)
1. Chukwujekwu C.C (Lagos)
MATCH OFFICIAL COORDINATOR
1. Zubairu Sani – Head Refereeing Unit
1. Mrs Faith Iriabor – Chairman (Edo)
2. Bello Abubakar – Member (Sokoto)