Nigeria Premier League Teams 2020: Complete List of Football clubs
Which are the top 10 Nigeria Premier League Teams? Read on to see our list of the best-rated football teams in the professional Nigeria football league.
We have also written a detailed guide about the current highest-paid football players in the Nigerian professional league, although they may not be playing in bigger football teams where they can possibly become the highest-paid football player in the world, yet they are fantastically paid and you need to see how much these fine players earn with the local football clubs in the nation.
Football remains a favourite sport to watch, it is one of the best and entertaining sporting game in the globe. There are football clubs in every country where football is played and there is a league or body that controls, suspends and direct these clubs.
In the United Kingdom, you can find the English Football League, Wales Premier League, Scottish Football League and many more.
Also, in Nigeria, there is a league body that directs all football clubs in the country. In this guide, we will look into the top ten football clubs in Nigeria and what you should know about them.
Although Nigerian clubs are not as popular as the popular European football clubs like Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, etc they are one of the best in the African continent.
Most of the world’s best talents came from the Nigerian Premier League, players like Mikel Obi, Samson Siasia, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen, Sunday Oliseh, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, etc came through the ranks of a Nigerian football club before playing football in European countries.
Top Ten Nigeria Premier League Teams
This post will unveil the top ten Nigeria Premier League football teams. So, if you are looking for a top-notch Nigerian team to join or support, you’ll find them here.
#1. Enyimba International Football Club
Enyimba Football Club tops this list as the most successful club in Nigeria football history. Ever since it was founded in 1976.
It has won seven Nigerian football championships, four Federation Cups and two African Champions League titles. Enyimba means ‘The People’s Elephant’, the club is based in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria.
#2. Enugu Rangers Football Club
Next on the list is the Enugu Rangers Football Club.vThe Rangers are domiciled in Enugu State, they have won the league title for six times.
Also, they have never been relegated from the Nigerian Professional Football League, they have been in the football top-flight since inception.
#3. Kano Pillars Football Club
Kano Pillars is a football club that plays in Nigeria’s highest football division, which is the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). They won the league titled in 2008, 2013, 2013 and 2014.
#4. Akwa United Football Club
Akwa United Football Club is based in the capital city of Akwa-Ibom State, Uyo. It plies its trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
It was founded by Navy Captain Joseph Adeusi, the then Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State in December 1996. The Akwa Ibom Stadium serves as the home stadium of the club.
#5. Lobi Stars FC
Lobi Stars is based in Makurdi, Benue State. It is one of the best football clubs as far as Nigerian football is concerned.
It was formerly known as BBL Hawks, but in 1990, the club was acquired by Lobi Bank and its name was changed to Lobi Stars.
The home stadium of the club is Aper Aku Stadium which has a 15,000 seater capacity. The current captain of Lobi Star is Solomon Sesugh Kwambe.
#6. Bendel Insurance Football Club
Having won the Nigerian Premier League title for an impressive number of five times, Bendel Insurance Football Club is one of the most successful football clubs in Nigeria. The club is primarily based in Benin City (Edo State).
They are one of the oldest football clubs in Nigeria, they are known as the ‘vipers of Benin’.
#7. Shooting Stars Sports Club
Just like Bendel Insurance Football Club, the Shooting Stars S.C is one of the founding clubs of the Nigerian Premier League.
It was founded in 1972, as Western Nigeria Development Company (WNDC) and was changed to Industrial Investment and Credit Corporation (IICC) and was later changed to Shooting Stars of Ibadan. Their home ground is Lekan Salami Stadium which has a capacity of 10,000.
They are one of the most decorated football clubs in Nigeria, also, they are the first Nigerian club to win the FA Cup.
They have won four Nigerian FA Cup, one CAF Cup (1992), one African Cup Winners’ Cup (1976), one West African Club Championship (UFOA Cup) and have finished runners-up in the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1984 and 1996.
#8. Warri Wolves
Warri Wolves was formerly known as NPA FC, then it was based in Warri, Delta State. In 2003, it moved to Lagos State after gaining promotion to the Nigerian Premier League.
Their nickname is ‘Wolves’ or ‘Seasiders’, the 20,000 capacity Warri Township Stadium serves as their home ground.
#9. Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club
Ifeanyi Ubah FC was formerly known as Gabros international Football Club until it was acquired by Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
The club is located at No 21, Nnobi Road, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria. Their home ground is the Ifeanyi Ubah FC International Stadium which has an 18,000 capacity.
Ifeanyi Ubah F.C is a privately owned Nigerian football club, the club has tasted massive success.
They have won one Nigerian Federation Cup (2016), four consecutive NEROS Anambra FA CUP (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and one Nigeria National League title in 2014.
#10. Heartland FC
Heartland Football Club was founded in 1976 as Spartans FC. Their home stadium is the 10,000 Dan Anyiam Stadium, but currently, they are using the new Okigwe Stadium temporary as the Dan Anyiam Stadium is under renovation.
They have won five Nigerian league titles (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993), two consecutive Nigerian Super Cup (2011 and 2012) and the Nigerian FA Cup (1988, 2011 and 2012).
Moreover, they have reached the finals of the African Cup of Champions Clubs (1988) and the CAF Champions League (2009).
Complete List of Football Clubs in Nigeria Professional League
- Ifeanyi Ubah F.C
- Niger Tornadoes F.C.
- Dalhatu United
- Udoji United F.C.
- Jigawa Golden Stars F.C.
- JUTH F.C.
- Go Round F.C.
- Dolphins F.C. (Port Harcourt)
- ABS F.C.
- Nembe City F.C.
- Kaduna United F.C.
- NEPA Lagos
- Babanawa F.C.
- Akwa United F.C.
- Sharks F.C.
- DSS FC
- Anambra United F.C.
- Rising Stars F.C.
- Union Bank F.C.
- Prime F.C.
- Leventis United
- Abia Comets
- C.O.D United football club of Lagos
- Gateway United F.C.
- Bayelsa United F.C.
- Racca Rovers
- NAF Rockets F.C.
- Kano Pillars F.C.
- Warri Wolves F.C.
- Adamawa United F.C.
- ACB Lagos
- Giwa FC
- Lobi Stars F.C.
- Remo FC
- Rivers United F.C.
- BCC Lions
- Gombe United F.C.
- Bridge Boys F.C.
- Nasarawa United F.C.
- Ikorodu United F.C.
- Mohammed Gambo
- Stationery Stores F.C.
- Abuja F.C.
- Heartland F.C
- NITEL Vasco Da Gama F.C.
- City of David FC
- Enugu Rangers
- El-Kanemi Warriors
- Fountain FC
- New Nigeria Bank F.C.
- Apa United FC
- MFM FC
- Crown F.C.
- Abiola Babes
- Calabar Rovers
- Jasper United
- Ocean Boys F.C.
- Westside F.C.
- Akwa Starlets FC
- Kwara United F.C.
- Wikki Tourists F.C.
- Kogi United
- Ilesa Dynamos F.C.
- Anambra Pillars F.C.
- Mighty Jets F.C.
- Sunshine Stars F.C.
- TEAP FC
- My People FC
- F.C. Ebedei
- Spotlight F.C.
- Enyimba International F.C.
- Shooting Stars SC
- Esan F.C.
- Taraba F.C.
- Ranchers Bees FC
- Bendel Insurance F.C.
- Bussdor United F.C.
- Abia Warriors F.C.
- Plateau United F.C.
- Sokoto United
- First Bank F.C.
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