Top 10 best football clubs in Nigeria, Statistically Ranked in 2021
Football in Nigeria is the most popular sport across the Federation, with several supporters and followers in various locations.
The love for football is too much, to the extent, foreign clubs are also supported.
The average Nigerian football fan is a supporter of a foreign team after the country’s senior national team, the “Super Eagles”.
Despite the high number of followers of foreign teams, Nigerian football clubs have also gone on to win some of the major international laurels, creating a big reputation for the country’s football.
At least, Enyimba’s triumph during the 2003 and 2004 CAF Champions League brought out the county’s name at the international level when it comes to club football.
Since then, Nigeria has always received a good placement across all CAF club competitions.
Ranking the best football clubs in Nigeria
In the past few years, some notable clubs have emerged, challenging for titles in all domestic competitions.
Compared to the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1 and the Scottish Premiership which is almost like a one-man show, the Nigerian league is different aforementioned, where unknown teams can challenge for titles.
Domestic competitions like the FA Cup, the NPFL and the Nigerian Super Cup has produced several champions in the past.
The top best football clubs in Nigeria Statistically Ranked in 2021
Enyimba FC is based in Aba, Abia State and plays all its matches at the Enyimba FC International Stadium.
Enyimba is the most successful football club in Nigeria. The Aba elephants became the first club in the country to win several laurels outside the country including the CAF Champions League twice as well as the CAF Super Cup twice.
They’ve also won over eight league titles, Nigerian FA Cup and Super Cup titles.
The club won the CAF Champions League in two successive seasons in 2003 and 2004 as well as the CAF Super Cup twice.
Enyimba has a very high reputation, and have always been given more priority whenever they’re participating in CAF Competitions.
Nigeria Premier League: 8
Nigeria FA Cup: 4
Super Cup: 4
CAF Champions League: 2
CAF Super Cup: 2
NNL (Second Division) 1
Enyimba has always finished at the top half of the NPFL table for the past few years.
The club’s fanbase is mostly within the Southeastern region of the country. Be that as it may, they are the most followed club in the country.
The club is owned and funded by the Abia State Government.
2. Enugu Rangers
Also known as the Flying Antelopes, the landlords of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is the second most successful team in the country with over seven titles won in the past.
Rangers bounced back to the top after thirty-two years wait to lift the league title in 2016.
The club also had an impressive run in CAF Competition.
It’s performance during the early years of the competition gave rise to the Nigeria team’s exploit in the competition the likes of Shooting Stars advanced well into CAF competitions those years.
Nigeria Premier League: 7
Nigeria FA Cup: 6
Super Cup: 1
CAF Confederations Cup: 1
Rangers started well in the elite division as they were all over the place winning titles both in the domestic league and the national cup.
However, in recent times, the club has faced poor performance which could be attributed to poor funding or recruitment of quality players capable of winning titles.
Not to undermine the quality of players at the club, Rangers still need good sponsors to challenge for titles in the country.
Enugu Rangers as compared to their counterparts also have a high following within the Southeastern region of the country.
Club also has follows from other parts of the country. They are also an international club with fans outside Nigeria.
3. Kano Pillars
Pillars gradually became a household name in Nigeria after winning the league in three consecutive seasons.
Pillars also represented the country in CAF Competition but had a horrible outing.
Pillars are one of the most supported football teams in Nigeria. Every matchday, Pillars boast of having over 15,000 fans at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kano.
Pillars also received high financial backing from the Kano State government.
The club is a traditional team in the state followed by several fans who take their time to follow-up with the latest from the club.
One of the toughest team in the division, Pillars have never failed to finish at the top half of the league table for the past seven seasons.
Pillars is one of the most valuable clubs in Nigeria.
Nigeria Premier League: 3
FA Cup: 2
4. Plateau United
Plateau United is a football club based in Jos city, the capital of Plateau state in the central part of the country.
Against all odds, United won the league two times in the space of three years and have since continued to challenge for a place within the top half of the league.
United have also won some trophies like the FA Cup.
United also boast of a high number of followers. They’re also one of the teams with a high number of followers within the northern region.
Plateau United were at the top of the league table when the LMC decided to cancel the league season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier League: 1
FA Cup: 1
5. Lobi Stars
Lobi Stars FC based in Benue state is one of the most consistent football sides in the country despite losing some of their best legs to foreign Leagues.
The consistency at the club has led them to represent Nigeria at CAF competitions on several occasions.
Lobi Stars all have a good history in the international scene.
The club has also won two NFL titles in past.
Lobi’s recent triumph in the local scene was in 2018 when they clinched the league title at the end of the season.
They’re one of the most consistent football clubs in Nigeria and have represented the country on several occasions.
The Ortom boys as they are popularly called have always finished at the top half of the league for the past five seasons.
Premier League: 2
FA Cup: 1
Super Cup: 1
6. Rivers United FC
Rivers United FC formerly known as Dolphins FC or Eagle Cement is a professional soccer club based in the Southern port city of Portharcourt.
Rivers is also one of the most respected clubs in the country.
The club play at the Liberation Stadium in Portharcourt. They have reminded in the NPFL since their first season and have been performing well in CAF Competitions like the CAF Confederations Cup.
Under Dolphins FC, Rivers United won the Nigerian league in 2011 under the guidance of coach Stanley Eguma.
7. Heartland FC (Iwuanyanwu Nationale)
Heartland was one of the hottest teams in the country during the late ’80s to early 90s down to the early 2000s.
The club has never failed to perform at the highest level, even though in recent times the club has failed to live up to expectations.
Heartland FC is based in Owerri, the Southeastern City of Nigeria and plays at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, but currently play at the Okigwe Stadium as their temporal home.
In 1988, they got to the African Cup of Champions Clubs finals but lost out in the end.
The club won the Nigerian league four straight seasons.
Nigeria Premier League: 5
FA Cup: 3
Super Cup: 2
Heartland made a huge impression, winning the league title in four consecutive seasons.
Although in the past seasons, the club has struggled to meet up with the standard.
Heartland recently gained promotion to the top flight after a surprise relegation saw the giants fight for survival in the lower league.
Heartland still has a high number of dedicated fans across the country. They owned and sponsored by the Imo State government.
8. Akwa United
Akwa United is a professional soccer club based in the city of Uyo and competes in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The club has also represented the country in the Confederations Cup.
Headed have also won two FA Cups in 2015 and 2017.
They are also Champions of the Super Cup in 2017.
Nigeria FA Cup: 2
Super Cup: 1
9. MFM FC
Mountain Of Fire Ministry FC is a professional soccer club based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Owned by MFM church, the club plays its matches at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.
The club won the international church cup after beating the Church Of Colombia.
MFM is currently one of the household names when it comes to domestic football in the country.
10. FC Ifeanyi Ubah
FC Ifeanyi Ubah is a professional football club based in Anambra State competing in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Nigeria FA Cup: 1
This article highlights the top best football clubs in Nigeria in 2021, Statistically Ranking them based on past and present achievement.
The ranking were based on previous and present performance, achievement, in domestic and continental competitions.