The Nigeria Premier League NPFL all-time winners list – past most Champions
The Nigeria Premier League now rebranded the NPFL is men’s professional football league in Nigeria which has produced several winners in the past years.
The league arguably regarded as one of the strongest leagues in Africa was also a major force in the early 2000s on the continent, as Enyimba won back to back titles.
Also, clubs like Enugu Rangers, Shooting Stars and Heartland FC got to the finals on few oa occasions, giving the league a respectable position in Africa.
When it comes to Nigeria Professional Football League, Enyimba remains the most successful team in the country, with over eight league titles, followed behind Enugu Rangers and with seven.
Shooting Stars and Heartland are the closest with five in third and fourth position respectively.
It just of recent, Kano Pillars got on a quick rise, winning the titles in three consecutive years.
Mighty Jets won the inaugural league season in the country in 1972.
About the Nigeria Premier League (NPFL)
The league is the highest men’s professional football competition contested by 20 clubs from all over the Federation.
Considered one of the most competitive, the Leagues standings at the end of every campaign sees the top team finish with fewer points above the chasing pack.
Nigerian league teams have also had their fair share of the continental showpiece, the CAF Champions League.
Enyimba is the only side to have won the competition. Although, heartland, Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers came close on a few occasions.
The most successful teams in the Nigeria Professional Football League
Enyimba is the most successful football club in Nigeria with eight league titles, two CAF Champions League titles, four FA Cups, Four Super 4 Cups and two CAF Super Cups.
They are the most successful in the country.
Enyimba’s pedigree in the competition, earned Nigeria two slots also helped Nigeria with two slots across all CAF club competitions.
The Aba Elephants as they popularly called drew attention from within and outside the country in recent years.
2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009–10, 2015, 2019
Used to be joint with Enyimba on. Seventh, the flying Antelopes have won seven Nigerian league titles in the past.
After lifting the 1984 league season, Rangers waited for another thirty years before they could win another league title in 2016.
Enugu Rangers is the most successful team when it comes to the oldest competition in Nigeria, The FA with a record six titles.
The club added another FA Trophy back in 2018.
1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984, 2016
IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan is another top side in Nigerian football. Although in recent season, Shooting Stars are nowhere near the top performers in the country.
The shooting was finally relegated from the Nigeria Premier League. Since it’s relegation from the top flight, they’ve found it difficult to bounce back.
The club has won five league titles.
1976, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998.
Heartland FC is another top football in the country, haven won five titles in its history.
They won the league in four straight seasons.
The Heartland Naze Millionaires, are also Nigeria’s top performers on the continent in the past.
The Spartans were eventually relegated from the top flight. But have since bounced back to its full capacity.
Heartland won five league titles, three FA Cups and two Super 4 Cups.
Years Won (NPFL)
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993.
Pillars saw a quick rise in its history as a football club in Nigeria, winning the league in three consecutive seasons.
Pillars first trophy came in 2008.
Backed financial by the government of Kano State, Kano Pillars is the most supported club in Nigeria with fewer stories surrounding unpaid wages and salaries.
Kano Pillars has won the NPFL four times
2008, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Dolphins FC (Now Rivers United)
Rivers United won the competition three times in the past.
The Portharcourt based Club won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
1997, 2004, 2011
Other top teams
Bendel Insurance (2), Julius Berger (2).
1972: Mighty Jets
1973: Bendel Insurance
1974: Enugu Rangers
1975: Enugu Rangers
1976: IICC Shooting Stars
1977: Enugu Rangers
1978: Racca Rovers
1979: Bendel Insurance
1980: IICC Shooting Stars
1981: Enugu Rangers
1982: Enugu Rangers
1983: IICC Shooting Stars
1984: Enugu Rangers
1985: New Nigeria Bank
1986: Leventis United
1987: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Heartland)
1988: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Heartland FC)
1989: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Heartland FC)
1990: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Heartland FC)
1991: Julius Berger
1992: Stationery Stores
1993: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Heartland FC)
1994: BCC Lions
1995: 3SC Shooting Stars
1996: Udoji United
1997: Eagle Cement
1998: 3SC Shooting Stars
1999: Lobi Stars
2000: Julius Berger
2006: Ocean Boys
2008: Kano Pillars
2009: Bayelsa United
2012: Kano Pillars
2013: Kano Pillars
2014: Kano Pillars
2016: Enugu Rangers
2017: Plateau United
2018: The League was suspended after 24 match days as a result of the new CAF Rules.
2019–20: League season cancelled after 25 matchdays due to Covid-19. PPG was used to determine final standings.
2020/2021: Akwa United