The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has been the premier football competition in Nigeria since its inception in 1972.
Over the years, several teams have emerged victorious, showcasing their talent and dominance in the Nigerian football scene.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the NPFL winners from 1972 to 2023.
2023: Enyimba Aba
In 2023, Enyimba Aba clinched the NPFL title, securing their place as one of the most successful teams in the league’s history. Their exceptional performance and teamwork led them to victory, making their fans proud.
2022: Rivers United
Rivers United emerged as the champions in 2022, showcasing their prowess on the field. Their dedication and skill propelled them to the top, leaving a mark in the history of the NPFL.
2021: Akwa United
Akwa United claimed the NPFL title in 2021, solidifying their position as one of the top teams in Nigeria. Their relentless pursuit of excellence paid off, and they celebrated their victory with immense pride.
2020: No Champion
In 2020, due to unforeseen circumstances, there was no champion crowned in the NPFL. However, the spirit of competition remained strong, and teams continued to strive for success.
2019: Enyimba Aba
Enyimba Aba once again showcased their dominance in the league by winning the NPFL title in 2019. Their consistent performance and determination set them apart from the competition.
This is just a glimpse of the NPFL winners in recent years. Let’s take a look at the champions from previous decades:
In the 1980s, Enugu Rangers and Iwuanyanwu Nationale emerged as the dominant teams in the NPFL. Enugu Rangers clinched the title in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, and 2016, while Iwuanyanwu Nationale secured the championship in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.
The 1990s witnessed the rise of teams like Julius Berger, Shooting Stars, and Enyimba Aba. Julius Berger claimed the title in 1990 and 2000, Shooting Stars emerged victorious in 1998 and 1995, while Enyimba Aba secured the championship in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2019.
The 2000s saw the dominance of Kano Pillars, Enyimba Aba, and Dolphins FC. Kano Pillars clinched the title in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014, Enyimba Aba emerged victorious in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010, while Dolphins FC secured the championship in 2011 and 2004.
In the 2010s, Enyimba Aba continued their winning streak, adding two more titles to their collection in 2015 and 2019. Other notable champions include Bayelsa United in 2009 and Plateau United in 2017.
Nigeria Professional Football League Champions List
|1997||Eagle Cement Port Harcourt|
|1996||Udoji United FC Awka|
|1992||Stationery Stores Lagos|
|1986||Leventis United Ibadan|
|1985||New Nigeria Bank|
|1978||Racca Rovers Kano|
|1972||Mighty Jets Jos|
As we reflect on the NPFL winners over the years, it is evident that Nigerian football has witnessed the rise of exceptional teams and players. The league continues to be a platform for talent development and a source of pride for football enthusiasts across the country.
This article was updated 3 weeks ago