Plateau United F.C.

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Plateau United FC
Full namePlateau United Football Club of Jos
GroundNew Jos Stadium
Jos, Nigeria
ChairmanPius Henwan
ManagerMbwas Magnut [1]
LeagueNigeria Professional Football League
2022–23Nigeria Professional Football League, 5th of 10 [2]

Plateau United Football Club of Jos (usually known as Plateau United) is a Nigerian professional football (soccer) club based in Jos, that competes in the Nigerian Professional Football League. Before 1991, they were known as the JIB Strikers FC.[3] The name "Plateau United" was the former name of their cross-town rivals Mighty Jets.[4]


Plateau United were founded in 1975 as JIB Strikers FC.[5]

Plateau United won their first major silverware in 1999, a 1-0 Nigeria Cup final victory over Iwuanyanwu Nationale on a goal by Donatus Iloka.[6] They had lost in the final in 1993 and 1998. They made their continental debut in 2000, but were eliminated after their first tie.[5]

They were promoted to the Nigeria Premier League for the 2010–11 season by winning on the last day against Mighty Jets, but were relegated back the next year on the last day. They were promoted back to the top league on the last day of the 2015 season.[7]

In 2013, their feeder team were one of four clubs suspended, pending an investigation into their 79–0 victory over Akurba FC.[8] The four clubs were accused of match-fixing in order to advance into the professional league.[9] On 22 July 2013, Plateau Feeders, Akurba FC, Police Machine FC and Bubayaro FC were each banned for 10 years, with the players and officials in each game banned for life.[10]

Plateau United won the Nigerian Professional Football League for the first time in 2017, led by coach Kennedy Boboye.[11][12]



2020–21 Top of the table when league was stopped due to COVID19
Runners-up: 1993, 1998



Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2000  – First Round

2020/21, 2022/23


Current team[edit]

As of 12 February 2023

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 MF Nigeria NGA Charles Henlong
3 DF Nigeria NGA Daniel Itodo (captain)
4 MF Nigeria NGA Muhammad Zulkifilu
5 DF Nigeria NGA Nwaeze Christopher
7 FW Nigeria NGA Reuben Bala
8 FW Nigeria NGA Sunday Anthony
12 GK Nigeria NGA Chinedu Anozie
13 MF Nigeria NGA Eneji Moses Peter
14 MF Nigeria NGA Udeh Tochukwu
15 DF Nigeria NGA Abdullahi Mustafa
16 MF Nigeria NGA Nenrot Silas
18 FW Nigeria NGA Izuchukwu Chimezie
19 MF Nigeria NGA Haggai Katoh
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW Nigeria NGA Mustapha Ibrahim
21 GK Nigeria NGA Ayeleso Suraj
24 DF Nigeria NGA Austin Opara
25 FW Nigeria NGA Josiah Emmanuel
34 DF Nigeria NGA Ifeanyi Onyebuchi

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ "Plateau United Unveil New Technical Adviser, Ilechukwu". Complete Sports. 21 September 2021. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  2. ^ "NPFL 2021/2022 standings - overall, home/away standings". Flashscore. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  3. ^ "Nigeria 1991". RSSSF.
  4. ^ "[General] Plateau governor sues Yar'Adua over Jos crisis".
  5. ^ a b "ANALYSIS: Will Nigeria Premier League crown return to Jos after 45 years? - Premium Times Nigeria". August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Plateau United dethrone Rangers". 10 September 2017.
  7. ^ "MFM FC, Plateau United gain promotion to Nigeria Professional Football League —". 31 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Nigerian clubs suspended after 'scandalous' scorelines". BBC Sport.
  9. ^ "Life ban for Nigerians in football match-fixing scandal". Arab News. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  10. ^ "CEOAfrica :: Nigerian Football Federation Banned Players and Officials for Life over Match-Fixing :: Africa Online News Portal". Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  11. ^ a b "Plateau United wins Nigerian Professional Football League". 9 September 2017.
  12. ^ "NPFL: Plateau United target history". 5 September 2017.

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