The League Management Company (LMC) on Sunday released the match day one fixtures of the new Nigeria Premier League (NPL) season.
The draws were conducted on Sunday in Kaduna at the on-going pre-season Super Four tournament.
Champions Enyimba international, will begin the defence of their title away to Port Harcourt club Dolphins.
The People’s Elephant will have the psychological advantage having not lost to the Port Harcourt outfit in their last nine meetings.
The pick of the opening day fixtures will be at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri where Heartland will play hosts to last season’s runners-up, Warri Wolves.
Another interesting pairing for Week 1 is the clash between Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers at the Sani Abacha stadium.
El-Kanemi Warriors and Wikki Tourists will go head to head in a northeast derby, while Plateau United and Niger Tornadoes face off in Minna.
The new season is to kick off on the weekend of February 20 and 21, 2016.
Opening day fixtures
Giwa FC v FC Ifeanyiubah
Nasarawa United v MFM FC
Dolphins v Enyimba
3SC v Lobi Stars
Sunshine Stars v Akwa United
Ikorodu United v Abia Warriors
El-Kanemi v Wikki Tourists
Heartland v Warri Wolves
Kano Pillars v Enugu Rangers
Plateau United v Niger Tornadoes