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NPFL21: Ibom Derby postponed due to logistic challenges

NPFL21: Ibom Derby postponed due to logistic challenges

The matchday one of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL between Akwa United and Dakkada FC (Ibom Derby) will not be played today due to logistic challenges.

Akwa United were billed to take on neighbours Dakkada FC in the ‘Ibom Derby’ on Sunday, December 27 (today) at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo by 4pm.

The match has been postponed to Monday, December 28, 2020 at the same venue by 4pm.

Akwa United official handles posted on Twitter to confirm the news after it was posted by inside journalists in Uyo on Sunday morning.

The club tweeted: “Due to logistic challenges, the Akwa Utd-Dakkada match is postponed till tomorrow Monday 28 Dec.”

It is unclear at the time of reporting if the challenges are faced by the two clubs who are sponsored by the Akwa Ibom State Government.

LMC sources are yet to confirm the information when contacted by The Athletic NG.

The Athletic NG also understands that Match Commissioners in charge of the fixture arrived Uyo earlier this week in preparation for the fixture and the pitch at the Nest of Champions has been watered and marked ahead of the match.

This will be the third Ibom Derby in the top flight following Dakkada FC’s promotion last season. Akwa United took four points from the two fixtures last season, winning the first leg 1-0 and the second leg ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Eight other matches in the NPFL opening day will go ahead as planned today, with the Abia Derby between Enyimba and Abia Warriors in Aba to be played on Monday.

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