One of the most well-known sports organizations in Nigeria is a football club, which serves as the vehicle for organizing a football squad for competitive sports with the club operating separately or as a component of a bigger sports association.
In order to be eligible to represent the club in any sporting event or football competition, a football club must register all of its players, staff, and other members.
Each national member organization must adhere to specific licensing standards set by FIFA in order to participate in a league system on a national level.
Nigeria’s football clubs are divided into 4 different divisions and stages, depending on their performances. The first division is the Nigeria Professional Football League. The second division is the National League of Nigeria and is also known as the second league.
The third division is the Nigeria National League and is also known as the 3rd League. The last one is Nigeria Amateur League Division Two and is also known as League 4.
The top 10 football clubs in Nigeria are listed below, according to Dafabet sports enthusiasts.
Abia Warriors Football Club
Abia Warriors Football Club is a Nigerian professional football club based in the city of Umuahia, Abia state. Between 2005 and 2010, they played under the name “Orji Uzor Kalu FC” in honor of Abia governor Orji Uzor Kalu who helped the club with state sponsorship upon promotion to the professional level. They reverted to their old name in the summer of 2010. They won promotion to the Nigeria Premier League for the first time in August 2013 after winning their division on the last day.
Abiola Babes F.C.
Abiola Babes was a Nigerian football team that played in Abeokuta. It was owned by Bashorun Moshood K Abiola and was promoted to the Nigeria First Division in 1984. After a period of hiatus in the 1990s, the team reformed in May 2000 but was disbanded the next year for lack of funds. Their last game was in the 2001 Challenge Cup against NIPOST FC.
Wikki Tourists F.C.
Wikki Tourists Football Club, nicknamed Giant Elephant, was founded in1991, at Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa Stadium is a Nigerian football club based in Bauchi, and currently playing to the Nigeria Premier League after promotion from the second-tier Nigeria National League after the 2014 season. Wikki Tourists FC is sponsored by Bauchi State Government.
Shooting Stars S.C
Shooting Stars Sports Club is a Nigerian football club based in Ibadan. The club was one of the founders of the Nigerian Premier League in 1972 when they were called WNDC Ibadan (Western Nigeria Development Company) and were later called IICC (Industrial Investment and Credit Corporation) Shooting Stars of Ibadan.
The nickname “Shooting Stars” was added with the suggestion of team foundation members the late Jide Johnson and Niyi Omowon the “Aare Odan Liberty” (Generalissimo of Liberty Stadium) who believed that the players were “stars” in their own right.
Shooting Stars is one of the most followed football clubs in Nigeria and play their home matches at the Lekan Salami Stadium. The stadium was named after one of the prominent supporters of the club who is now deceased. Before, “Sooting” as it is called by its supporters used to play at the famous Liberty Stadium, one of the venues for the world youth soccer championship in 1999.
Sunshine Stars Football Club
Sunshine Stars Football Club is a Nigerian football club based in Akure. They play in the top division of Nigerian football, the Nigerian Premier League. Their home stadium is the Akure Township Stadium.
Sunshine Stars FC is funded and sponsored by the Ondo State Government. One of the most popular achievements of the club is winning National Division One (Second Level) in 2001, and 2007.
Rivers United Football Club
Rivers United Football Club is a professional football club based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State that participates in the Nigerian Professional Football League, the highest level of domestic Nigerian football. The club was formed by the merger of Sharks F.C. and Dolphins F.C. in 2016. Their home stadium is the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, formerly Liberation Stadium in Elekahia which has a seating capacity of 30,000.
Rivers United FC has remained in the top flight since its first season. They have been performing well in this season’s CAF Confederation Cup where they defeated a South African opponent to set up a highly anticipated matchup against Enyimba.
Kano Pillars Football Club currently play in the lower division in Nigerian football, the Nigeria National 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.
Kano Pillars remain one of the greatest clubs in NPFL history having emerged as champions on four occasions (2007–08, 2011–12, 2013, 2014). They also produced notable players like current Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, Ndubisi Chukunyere, Junior Lokosa among many others.
Plateau United F.C.
Plateau United Football Club of Jos (popularly 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. The name “Plateau United” was the former name of their cross-town rivals Mighty Jets.
Plateau United was founded in 1975 as JIB Strikers FC. The team won their first major silverware in 1999, a 1-0 Nigeria Cup final victory over Iwuanyanwu Nationale on a goal by Donatus Iloka. They had lost in the finals in 1993 and 1998. They made their continental debut in 2000, but were eliminated after their first tie.
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.
Nasarawa United F.C.
Nasarawa United Football Club, popularly known as Solid Miners at Lafia Township Stadium, Lafia, Nasarawa. The Club is a soccer club based in Lafia, Nasarawa. They play in the Nigeria Premier League.
The team was founded in 2003 after the Nasarawa government took over Black Stars FC of Gombe. They joined the Nigerian Premier League in 2004–05. Their stadium, Lafia Township Stadium, has a capacity of some 5,000.
Enyimba Football Club
Enyimba Football Club or simply known as Enyimba is a Nigerian football club based in the city of Aba which plays in the Nigerian Professional Football League. Their name means People’s Elephant in the 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.