2012 Nigeria Premier League
|Champions||Kano Pillars F.C.|
|Relegated||Niger Tornadoes, Jigawa Golden Stars, Rising Stars F.C.|
|Champions League||Kano Pillars F.C.
|Confederation Cup||Lobi Stars
Heartland F.C. (cup winner)
|Goals scored||687 (2.01 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Sibi Gwar (Niger Tornadoes) - 13|
|Biggest home win||Gombe United 5 Sharks F.C. 0 (1 Feb.)
Rangers 5 Jigawa Golden Stars 0 (2 May)
The 2011–12 Nigeria Premier League is the 41st season of the competition since its inception, and the 22nd since the rebranding of the league as the "Professional League".
The season was originally due to start November 26, 2011, less than a month after the conclusion of the previous season due to many long delays by the NFF. The date was pushed back to January 2012 to give time to organize and to sort out the league's sponsorship and scheduled to run to July.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Kano Pillars (C)||36||17||10||9||46||26||+20||61||Qualification for 2013 CAF Champions League|
|2||Enugu Rangers (Q)||36||17||7||12||45||27||+18||58|
|3||Lobi Stars (Q)||36||18||3||15||38||30||+8||57||Qualification for 2013 CAF Confederation Cup|
|8||Heartland (Q)||36||14||9||13||32||30||+2||51||Qualification for 2013 CAF Confederation Cup|
|17||Niger Tornadoes (R)||36||14||6||16||38||42||−4||48||Relegation to Nigeria National League|
|18||Jigawa Golden Stars (R)||36||14||6||16||29||42||−13||48|
|19||Rising Stars (R)||36||10||9||17||23||37||−14||39|
|20||Ocean Boys (DQ)|
Updated to games played on 9 Sept. 2012.
Source: Nigeria Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
- Ocean Boys were disqualified September 6 after no-showing four straight games when their relegation was confirmed. All points/results of games involving them were expunged.
- Heartland qualified for the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup as the 2012 Nigerian FA Cup winner.
- - In addition to the Kaduna United v Jigawa week 1 game, te entire week 2 schedule was postponed due to the nationwide general strike protesting the removal of the national fuel subsidy.
- - Two matchday 4 matches were cancelled: SUnshine Stars FC was robbed on the way to their game with Lobi, and Kano Pillars vs Enyimba was postponed after a bombing attributed to Boko Haram. Pillars eventually announced they were moving games to Jigawa's Hadeja Stadium. The league relented and allowed Pillars to play in Kano behind closed doors.
- - A week 11 match was postponed when Wikki Tourists were robbed on their way to Warri.
Team of the Year
- GK- Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves)
- DF- Namso Edo (Akwa United)
- DF- Mutiu Adegoke (3SC)
- DF- Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves)
- DF- Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars F.C.)
- MF- Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers)
- MF- Philip Asuquo (3SC)
- MF- Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars)
- FW- Mohammed Gambo (Kano Pillars)
- FW- Abdulrahman Bashir (ABS FC)
- FW- Sibi Gwar (Niger Tornadoes)
- Coach-Mohammed Baba Ganaru (Kano Pillars)
Reserves GK: Moses Ocheje (Sunshine Stars) D: ThankGod Ike (Warri Wolves) D/M:Chinedu Efugh (Heartland) M: David Tyavkase (Lobi Stars) M: Abduljaleel Ajagun (Dolphin) F: Dele Olorundare (Sunshine Stars) F: Chikeluba Ofoedu (Rangers)
Managerial (head coach) changes
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Enyimba||Felix Emordi||Resigned||End of 2010-11 Season||Abdu Maikaba||Nov. 26 2011|
|Shooting Stars||Fatai Amoo||Resigned||End of 2010-11 Season||Festus Allen||Dec. 30 2011|
|Enugu Rangers||Alphonsus Dike||Resigned||End of 2010-11 Season||Felix Emordi||Dec. 23 2011|
|Wikki Tourists||Hassan Abubukar||Contract not renewed||End of 2010-11 Season||Ladan Bosso||Dec. 23 2011|
|Warri Wolves||Paul Aigbogun||Family reasons||Feb. 20, 2012||Maurice Cooreman||Feb. 20 2012|
|Kaduna United||Maurice Cooreman||Resigned||Feb. 20, 2012||Saleh Tanko Lato|
|ABS||Erasmus Onuh||Sacked||Feb. 27, 2012||Kabiru Suleiman Dogo (interim)||Feb. 27, 2012|
|Shooting Stars||Festus Allen||Sacked||Mar. 26, 2012||Tunde Odubola/Busari Akeem||Mar. 26, 2012|
- One month offseason for NPL
- New NPL season begins in January
- Pillars to play in Hadejia
- Armed robbers attack Wikki
- Enyimba appoint new head coach Abdu Maikaba
- Amoo rejects 3SC offer
- 3SC name ex-Bukola coach Allen new coach
- Dike quits Enugu Rangers
- Wolves snag Cooreman
- ABS throw out Onuh
- Shooting Stars fire Allen