Football has a long history in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. It literally is the game that Nigeria is best at, and the game that has more viewers and interested persons. Below is a list of the best football clubs in Nigeria.
Enyimba International Football Club
Enyimba International Football Club, or just Enyimba is a Nigerian football club that is grounded in the city of Aba in Abia State, Nigeria. The football club was established in the year 1976. The football club’s stadium is the Enyimba International Stadium, in Aba and has a 16,000 capacity. The clubs name, Enyimba, is translated People’s Elephant and that is one of the club’s nicknames, the other is The Aba Warriors. The current manager of the club is Paul Aigbogun.
Enyimba has won the Nigerian Premier League 7 times; the Nigerian FA Cup, 4 times; the National Second Division, once; the Nigerian Super Cup, 4 times. They won the African Champions league twice and also won the African Super Cup two times.
Kano Pillars FC
Kano Pillars Football Club is another one of Nigeria’s many football clubs. It is second in ranking among the best football clubs in Nigeria. It is grounded in Kano State, Nigeria. The club’s stadium is the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, Kano State with a 16,000 capacity. The club was established in the year 1990, the very same year that professional association football league was kicked-off in Nigeria. Kano Pillars FC is a merger of three smaller clubs in Kano State.
Kano Pillars Football Club won the Nigerian Premier League 4 times and they were the runners-up once between 2009 and 2010; in 1991, they were the runners-up in the Nigerian FA Cup; and they won the Nigerian Super Cup once in 2007-08 and they were the runners-up in 2012.
Rangers International Football Club
Rangers International Football Club, more popularly known as Enugu Rangers is a Nigerian football club that is grounded in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria. The club was established in the year 1970. Their nickname is the Flying Antelopes and their home stadium is the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Enugu State with a seating capacity of 30,000. The Enugu Rangers is the first Nigerian football club to become a publicly traded company and to sell stock of ownership, but the deal failed utterly thus leading the club into debt in 2009.
Rangers won the Nigerian Premier League 7 times; the Nigerian FA Cup, 5 times; the Nigerian Super Cup once in 2004; it was the winner of the African Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977 and it was the finalist in the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1975.
Shooting Stars Sports Club
Shooting Stars Sports Club is a Nigerian football club whose base is in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The club goes by the nickname 3SC or Oluyole Warriors. It was established within the 1950’s and then the club went by the name, Western Nigeria Development Company or WNDC after which they were called Industrial Investment and Credit Corporation (IICC) Shooting Stars of Ibadan. Its stadium is named the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, Oyo State. The current manager is Edith Agoye.
Shooting Stars Sports Club won the Nigerian Premier League 5 times; the Nigerian FA Cup, 4 times; were two-time runners-up of the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1984 and 1996. It won the CAF Cup in 1992; the African Cup Winners’ Cup in 1976 and the West African Club Championship (UFOA Cup) in 1998.
Bendel Insurance FC
Bendel Insurance Football Club also called Insurance of Benin Football Club is a Nigerian football club whose base is in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. It was formally called the Vipers of Benin and the club was established in the year 1972. The football club’s stadium is the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State with a seating capacity of 20,000. The manager of the club is Monday Odigie.
Bendel Insurance Football Club won of the Nigerian Premier League title two times, once in 1973 and later in 1979. The football club also won the Nigerian FA Cup three times in the following years: 1972, 1978, 1980. Bendel Insurance FC won the CAF Cup in 1994 and it also won the West African Club Championship (UFOA Cup) for three years in a row – 1993, 1994, 1995.