The maiden edition of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) U-17 Youth League has been scheduled to kick off on a zonal basis in January.
A release by the organizers of the league revealed that all 20 participating teams, divided into five groups, will be involved in a round-robin contest, with the group winners qualifying for the Championship playoff, from which the eventual winner will emerge.
According to the arrangement, the quartet of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Remo Stars of Ikenne, Sunshine Stars of Akure, and Sporting Lagos will slug it out in Group D, with Ekiti as the venue.
According to the fixtures made available by the NPFL Youth League Committee, battles in the southwest zone, like in the other four zones, will kick off on February 1, 2024, with the Oluyole Warriors U-17 team taking on their Remo Stars counterparts at 8 am.
The second match of the opening day will see Sporting Lagos and Sunshine Stars battling at 10 am.
Matchday two will be on February 2, with Sporting Lagos facing Remo Stars at 8 am, while Shooting Stars and Sunshine Stars will tango at 10 am.
The zonal group matches will be concluded on January 3, with Shooting Stars facing Sporting Lagos at 8 am, followed by the encounter between Sunshine Stars and Sporting Lagos, scheduled for 10 am.
All the matches will be played at the Kayode Oluyemi Stadium, Ado-Ekiti.
The winner of the group will join the winners of the other four groups for the Championship playoff scheduled to take place between February 13 and 17 at a venue yet to be announced. This contest will determine the winner of the maiden edition of the NPFL U-17 Youth League.