Top 5 Richest Football Clubs In Nigeria

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Want to know the richest football club in Nigeria? The post is for you. Read On!

Are you’re thinking, do Nigerian football clubs actually make money? Or you may be asking how Nigerian clubs manage to play their players? The truth is that these clubs do make cool money and in the post, we’re going to be talking about the richest football clubs in Nigeria.

These clubs might not be among the richest clubs in the world, but they are the most valuable clubs in Nigeria.

Most Nigerians can spend the whole of their day watching many European football teams play football and not even give a damn about the football league in their home country.

This is bad! Very very bad!

But who am I to tell them…Lol. They sincerely believe that the Nigerian Professional Football League(NPFL) is pure trash and not worth their time.

The truth is that there are still some patriotic Nigerians who watch and support the NPFL. These guys are also addicted to Nigerian Football and support their respective clubs materially, financially, and with words of encouragement on any match day.

These clubs actually make more money than you ever expected from tickets, jerseys, transfers, and trophies. Continue reading to see the richest Nigerian football clubs this year.

Richest Football Clubs In Nigeria

1. Ifeanyi Ubah F.C

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This is a Nigerian based football club which is owned by Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah. It was formerly known as Iyayi Football Club of Benin City, before its acquisition by Chief Gabriel Chukwuma who also renamed it to Gabros International Football Club.

F.C Ifeanyi Ubah plays in the Nigerian Professional Football League and has its headquarters at 21 Nnobi Road, Nnewi, Anambra State.

Ifeanyi Ubah F.C  is one of the few privately run football clubs in the NPFL and the richest football club in Nigeria right now.

2. Kano Pillars F.C

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F.C Kano Pillars is a Nigerian based club that was founded in the year – 1990 and one of the oldest football clubs in the country. They also play in the highest division in the Nigerian league which is the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

Kano state government, Nigeria owns Kano Pillars F.C and they make money from many sponsorship requests they get from top brands and the Kano state government itself.

It’s of the richest football clubs in Nigeria and is home to some of the highest-paid footballers in the Nigerian professional football league.

Ahmed Musa also played for Kano Pillars during the early years of his career and he’s one of the richest footballers in Nigeria.

3. Akwa United F.C

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F.C Akwa United is a Nigerian club which is based in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom, Nigeria.

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They play in the first division of Nigerian football – Nigeria Professional Football League with Akwa Ibom Stadium as the club’s home stadium.

Akwa United was by founded the Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Navy Captain Joseph Adeusi in December 1996.

It is home to some of the highest-paid footballers in the Nigerian Professional League.

4. Lobi Stars FC

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Lobi Stars is a Nigerian football club which is based in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. It was previously known as BBL Hawks before its acquisition by Lobi Bank in 1990.

With the 15,000 seater Aper Aku Stadium where Lobi stars reside, it is arguably one of the biggest clubs in the Nigerian professional football league.

Lobi Stars is also a rich Nigerian club and takes the 4th spot on our list of richest football clubs in Nigeria.

5. Enyimba F.C

Enyimba International Football Club is one of the top-flight clubs in the Nigerian professional football league. Could it be the richest football club in Nigeria? continue reading to find out.

This is a Nigerian football club which is based in the city of Aba. It was founded in 1976 and has since then proven to be one of the best teams in the NPFL(if not the best).

Although Eyinmba is not the richest football club in Nigeria, they are still doing very well when it comes to the general upkeep of the club, players, and fans. It hosts some of the highest-paid players in the NPFL.

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Enyimba F.C has won two African Champions League titles, seven Nigerian championships, and four Federation Cups.

Notable Mentions

Some clubs couldn’t make it to the top 5 list which was shown above but this doesn’t mean they aren’t rich. Some of these clubs are listed below:

  • Heartland F.C
  • Sunshine Stars
  • Plateau United
  • Rangers F.C


This has been the list of the richest football clubs in Nigeria(i.e the Nigerian Professional Football League). F.C Ifeanyi Ubah is the richest club in Nigeria.

Note: These clubs don’t reveal their earnings and spendings to the general public(to the best of my knowledge).

We have ranked these clubs with so many factors which include:

  • The average salary of coaches and players
  • Sponsorships
  • Leaked information
  • Management. e.t.c

Do you feel any club should be crowned the richest club in Nigeria? Please share your opinion via the comment section below.


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