Nigeria Premier League

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Nigeria Premier League
Piala Indomie
Glo Nigeria Premier League.png
Country Nigeria
Confederation CAF
Founded 2003
Number of teams 20
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Nigeria National League
Domestic cup(s) Nigerian FA Cup
Nigerian Super Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Kano Pillars F.C. (2013)
Most championships Enugu Rangers/Enyimba F.C. (6)
Website http://www.lmc-ng.org/
2014 Nigeria Premier League

The Nigeria Premier League is the highest level of domestic Nigerian football.[1][2] It is fed into by the Nigeria National League (NNL). It is organized by the Nigeria Premier League. The current NPL Chairman is Victor Rumson Baribote.

On May, 2013 Lagosian telecommunications company Globacom signed a three year contract with the league to become its title sponsor. Thus the league is now officially known as the Glo Premier League.[3] In 2012 the NPL was ranked as the best in Africa and 24th in the world by the IFFHS.[4]

History[edit]

The league was founded in 1972 with six teams. On Saturday 12 May 1990 at the Onikan Stadium Lagos, the league was rechristened the "Professional League" with a goal to modernize the game and make clubs self-sufficient. Decrees 10 and 11 which codified the introduction of professional football in Nigeria stipulated that professional clubs should be run as limited liability companies each governed by a regularly constituted board of directors and required to hold annual general meetings, present independently audited accounts, cultivate youth/feeder teams and own their own stadium within five years of registration with the Pro League Department. To assist Pro League clubs in the timely achievement of these stated goals, all 56 professional club-sides that constituted the inaugural Pro League First and Second Division were granted a five-year tax moratorium on all income starting from 1990.

The premier league era in Nigeria began in 2003 when the Nigeria Football Association then chaired by Ibrahim Galadima inaugurated an interim committee to run the league.

From 1999–2007, there was an end of season Championship called the "Super Four". The top four teams would play a round-robin mini-league at a neutral site to determine the league champion. The Super Four is now a pre-season tournament featuring the top four teams of the prior year.

After the 2006 competition, the league changed its calendar to more closely match the common European regular season structure (starting around August and ending around May). The Premier League is managed by the Nigeria Professional League Board.

2014 season[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014 Nigeria Premier League.

Winners[edit]

Clubs Championship Years
Enyimba (Aba) 6 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
Rangers International (Enugu) 6 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984
Shooting Stars FC (Ibadan) 5 1976, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998
Iwuanyanwu Nationale/Heartland F.C. (Owerri) 5 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
Kano Pillars F.C. (Kano) 3 2008, 2012, 2013
Dolphins (Port Harcourt) 3 1997, 2004, 2011
Julius Berger/Bridge Boys (Lagos) 2 1991, 2000
Bendel Insurance FC (Benin City) 2 1973, 1979
Bayelsa United (Yenegoa) 1 2009
Ocean Boys FC (Brass) 1 2006
Lobi Stars (Makurdi) 1 1999
Udoji United (Awka) 1 1996
BCC Lions (Gboko) 1 1994
Stationery Stores (Lagos) 1 1992
Leventis United (Ibadan) 1 1986
New Nigeria Bank (Benin City) 1 1985
Racca Rovers (Kano) 1 1978
Mighty Jets (Jos) 1 1972

Topscorers[edit]

[5]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2002 Ghana Joetex Frimpong El-Kanemi Warriors 16
2003 Nigeria Chibuzor Ozurumba
Nigeria Endurance Idahor
Iwuanyanwu Nationale
Julius Berger
13
2004 Nigeria Kabiru Alausa Julius Berger 13
2005 Nigeria Timothy Anjembe
NigeriaJoseph Akpala
Lobi Stars
Bendel Insurance
12
2006 Nigeria Ikechukwu Ibenegbu El-Kanemi Warriors 10
2007 Nigeria Aruwa Ameh Kaduna United 10
2007–08 Nigeria Abubakar Babale Wikki Tourists/Sunshine Stars 14
2008–09 Nigeria Orok Akarandut Akwa United 17
2009–10 Nigeria Ahmed Musa Kano Pillars 18
2010–11 Nigeria Jude Aneke Kaduna United 20
2012 Nigeria Sibi Gwar Niger Tornadoes 17
2013 Nigeria Victor Namo Nasarawa United 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Andrew (2008-07-28). "Africa | Is Premier League killing Nigerian football?". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  2. ^ Category: Weekend. "Guardian News Website – Dwindling fortunes of Nigeria’s premier league". Ngrguardiannews.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Glo now title sponsor of Nigeria Premier League". Glo World. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "NPL becomes Africa best". Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Nigerian league’s top scorers’ jinx – SuperSport – Football". SuperSport. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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