Most Nigerians would still prefer following European football, but observers of the game down here in Nigeria would know that it is just as exciting and engrossing as the EPL or La liga. We take a look at the most successful teams in the Nigerian professional football league.
Enyimba International Football Club or simply known as Enyimba, is a Nigerian football (soccer) club based in the city of Aba which plays in the Nigerian Professional Football League. Their name means People’s Elephant in Igbo language and is also the nickname used for the city of Aba. Founded in 1976, the club rose to prominence in the 2000s and is considered the most successful Nigerian football club as they won two African Champions League titles, eight Nigerian championships and four Federation Cups since 2001.
Rangers International Football Club, commonly known as Enugu Rangers, is a Nigerian professional association football team. They are based in Enugu and play their home games at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
Rangers have bagged seven league titles, with the latest coming at 2016 and they are the only Nigerian team never to have been relegated from the Nigeria Premier League.
Shooting Stars Sports Club
Shooting Stars Sports Club (often nicknamed 3SC or Oluyole Warriors) is a Nigerian football club based in Ibadan. Although currently relegated, Shooting Stars was wildly successful team in the 90s, winning a total of 5 league titles.
Heartland FC (formerly known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale from 1985 to 2006) is a Nigerian football club based in Owerri. They play their home games at Dan Anyiam Stadium. Enyimba FC are their rivals.
Until their 18th place showing and relegation in 2016, they were one of two teams in the top flight that had never been relegated. In October 2017, Heartland F.C. won the Nigeria National League Southern Conference to gain promotion back up to the top flight. Kano pillars are tied with Shooting stars at five league titles.
Kano Pillars Football Club is a Nigerian football club based in Kano. They play in the top division in Nigerian football, the Nigerian Premier League.
Their home stadium is Sani Abacha Stadium. Kano Pillars FC was founded in 1990, the year in which the professional association football league started in Nigeria. It was an amalgamation of three amateur clubs in Kano State which gave birth to Kano Pillars FC. Kano Pillars are a modern day giant with four league cups.