NPFL: An Overview of "The Nigerian Professional Football League"


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PREAMBLE

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HISTORY OF THE NPFL

The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), founded 48 years ago (precisely, 1972) is the highest level of football league system in Nigeria in the category of the Nigerian Club-football Championships. The league was established in a response to a law which was passed to introduce professional football in the country. The league has been identified with different names from inception. [Ref 1] They are:

  • Nigerian Premier League (2003/2004 to 2012/2013 seasons);
  • Nigerian Premiership (2000–2003);
  • Nigerian Premier League (1993–2000);
  • Nigerian Professional League (1990–1993);
  • Nigerian National League - First Division (1979–1990) and
  • The (Nigerian) National League" or "Nigerian Football League" (1972–1979)

MANAGEMENT OF THE NPFL

The NPFL organized by the League Management Company (LMC), is fed by the Nigeria National League (NNL). The LMC is a limited liability company incorporated as a commonwealth of the participating clubs to boost the commercial viability, professionalism and enhanced standards of the game.

The league comprises of twenty (20) teams and is on level one in the Nigerian football league system. Teams relegated , usually four, from the NPFL continue their football career on the "Nigeria National League". However, clubs that finished on top four positions of the NNL table will substitute the relegated NPFL teams. The NPFL runs a 38 match day season.

In the history of the NPFL, Enyimba F.C. - #enyimbafc have bagged the most championships and are the current champions as at 2019. The NPFL partners with SuperSport as their official television.

CUPS/TROPHIES HOSTED/PARTICIPATED BY THE NPFL

International cup(s):

  • Champions League
  • Confederation Cup

Domestic cup(s):

  • Nigerian FA Cup
  • Nigerian Super Cup
  • Super 4 (Nigeria)

CURRENT TEAMS IN THE NPFL (2019/2020 SEASON)


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The twenty teams currently battling for the top position in the Nigerian professional Football League are as follows (Names arranged in an alphabetical order):

  • Abia Warriors
  • Adamawa United
  • Akwa United
  • Dakkada
  • Enugu Rangers
  • Enyimba
  • Heartland
  • Ifeanyi Uba
  • Jigawa Golden Stars
  • Kano Pillars
  • Katsina United
  • Kwara United
  • Lobi Stars
  • Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM)
  • Nasarawa United
  • Plateau United
  • Rivers United
  • Sunshine Stars
  • Warri Wolves
  • Wikki Tourist

HOW TO REACH THE NPFL

REFERENCES

  • "Nigeria Champions". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  • Walker, Andrew (2008-07-28). "Africa | Is Premier League killing Nigerian football?". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-12-07