The draws were made despite threats from the clubs’ owners, as the league will start in January in the Abridge league format.

The league will begin on January 8 with Twenty teams drawn into two different groups.

The draws witnessed Kwara United, Nasarawa United, Plateau United, Gombe United and Elkanemi Warriors in pool A.

Others in the group included eight-time champions Enyimba, Akwa United, Bendel Insurance, Shooting Stars and Remo Stars.

In Group B, we have Niger Tornadoes, Doma United, Wikki Tourists, Lobi Stars and defending champions Rivers United.

The group is completed by Abia Warriors, Dakkada FC, Rangers, Sunshine Stars and Bayelsa United.

IMC, Chairman Gbenga Elegbeleye has warned NPFL clubs not to adopt violence during the season.

The Administrator made this revelation at the NPFL 2022/23 season draws on Wednesday.

He said that clubs that embrace violence will lose a three-point reduction.

He said: “Clubs have been told to avoid any acts of violence during the league.

“Any club that engages in violent conduct will not be penalized N500,000.00 as was the case in the past, but three points will be deducted as a penalty.

“We know what it means to have three points deducted from the points already won by a club in the league.