Nigeria Premier League

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Nigeria Professional Football League
Country Nigeria
Confederation CAF
Founded 2003; 14 years ago (2003)
Number of teams 20
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Nigeria National League
Domestic cup(s) Nigerian FA Cup
Nigerian Super Cup
Super 4 (Nigeria)
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Enugu Rangers (2015-16) (7th title)
Most championships Enyimba F.C. and Enugu Rangers (7)
TV partners SuperSport
Website npfl.ng
2016-17

The Nigeria Professional Football League, formerly known as the "Nigeria Premier League" as of the 2015/2016 season is the highest level of Nigerian football.[1][2] It is fed into by the Nigeria National League (NNL). It is organized by the League Management Company.

On May 2013, Nigerian telecommunications company Globacom signed a three-year contract with the league to become its title sponsor. Thus the league was officially known as the Glo Premier League at that time.[3] In 2012 the NPL was ranked as the best in Africa and 24th best in the world by the IFFHS, the rating puts it a spot above the Scottish Premier League for the year.[4][5] On the 27th of April 2016, The Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) organizers of the La Liga sealed a five-year memorandum of understanding deal with the NPFL on capacity building and idea exchange signed by the League Management Company chairman, Shehu Dikko and the La Liga President Javier Tebas. The NPFL and La Liga partnership has already started bearing fruit as during the January transfer window, Super Eagles fringe player Ezekiel Bassey was signed on loan from Enyimba to Barcelona B on a six-month deal with an option of 3-years come end of the season based on performance. The NPFL AllStars (made up of the league's best players) have also been playing Pre-Season as well as Winter break friendlies with top flight Spanish sides like Atletico Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Villareal etc. In an effort to expose and test Local players against top players and sides.

2016/2017 season[edit]

The 2016/2017 season is the 46th season of top flight football in Nigeria and the 27th season since the league turned professional with last season's champions Enugu Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists and Federation Cup[disambiguation needed] winners FC Ifeanyi Ubah representing the league at the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. On February 24, 2017, during a match day 10 fixture between MFM FC and reigning champions Enugu Rangers, at the Agege Stadium, Lagos fans as well as neutrals were treated to a "miraculous" goal[this quote needs a citation] as a loose ball from Rangers midfielder Chinedu Udeagha, was pounced on by MFM's left back Julius Emiloju who prodded the ball forward to diminutive midfield maestro Chukwuka Onuwa who found space, lobbed the ball to Stephen Odey who then flicked the ball to Sikiru Olatunbosun who with the presence of mind, flicked it above onrushing defender Etim Matthew and with a 180-degree turn at the edge of the 20-yard box, he unleashed a left-foot drive past the Rangers goalie, sending fans at the "Temple of Soccer" wild. The goal has since gone viral on social media and won the CNN 'Goal of the week' in the process with 82% votes of the 6,647 votes cast, beating off competition from AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan 11%, Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht 6% and Joey Jones of Woking FC 1%.

The League Management Company[edit]

In 2015, the League Management Company solicited financial support from the Government financially in order to "upgrade of existing grounds and provision of required broadcast equipment and facilities in the stadiums”. [6]

List of Champions[edit]

Source: RSSSF[7]

Champions by season[edit]

Most titles won[edit]

Clubs Championship Years
Enyimba (Aba) 7 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015
Rangers International (Enugu) 7 1971, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1984, 2016
Shooting Stars (Ibadan) 5 1976, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998
Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri) 5 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
Kano Pillars (Kano) 4 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
Dolphin (Port Harcourt) (Includes Eagle Cement) 3 1997, 2004, 2011
Julius Berger (Lagos) 2 1991, 2000
Bendel Insurance (Benin City) 2 1973, 1979
Leventis United (Ibadan) 1 1986
Bayelsa United (Yenegoa) 1 2009
Ocean Boys (Brass) 1 2006
Lobi Stars (Makurdi) 1 1999
Udoji United (Awka) 1 1996
BCC Lions (Gboko) 1 1994
Stationery Stores (Lagos) 1 1992
New Nigeria Bank (Benin City) 1 1985
Racca Rovers (Kano) 1 1978
Mighty Jets (Jos) 1 1972

Topscorers[edit]

[8]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
"'2001"' Nigeria Uche Okereke Enugu Rangers 13
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[citation needed] Nigeria Jude Aneke Kaduna United 20
2012[citation needed] Nigeria Sibi Gwar Niger Tornadoes 17
2013[citation needed] Nigeria Victor Namo Nasarawa United 18
2014[citation needed] Nigeria Mfon Udoh Enyimba 23
2015[citation needed] Nigeria Gbolahan Salami Warri Wolves 17
2016[citation needed] Nigeria Godwin Obaje Wikki Tourists 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. ^ "Kenyan League ranked Worst in Africa". Nairobi Wire. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "KPL becomes last in IFFHS World rankings". Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2015/08/22/14649642/shehu-dikko-appeals-to-governors-for-stadia-facilities
  7. ^ Djidenou Medjigbodo (6 October 2016). "Nigeria Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Nigerian league's top scorers' jinx – SuperSport – Football". SuperSport. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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