“Football is without a doubt one of the most profitable occupations on the planet, and players that participate in the sports are paid stupendously” – as uttered mostly by players, pundits, and managers.
Most of the Nigerian clubs have been able to solidify their status in their respective national and international competitions.
They earn tremendous awards, titles, and bonuses for their performances. With no surprise, these great achievements, sponsorship deals and endorsement is a stepping stone to the club’s riches.
We have already explored some richest clubs in Nigeria and this brings us to the point of narrowing it down to the top 10 richest Nigerian clubs.
1. Ifeanyi Ubah FC – (Anambra Warriors)
This Nigeria established football club, formerly known as Iyayi Football Club of Benin before it was procured by Chief Gabriel Chukwuma who retitled the club as “Gabros international Football Club”
Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, who is a renowned entrepreneur, statesman, and CEO of Capital oil, took up and thereafter renamed it after himself (Ifeanyi Ubah FC).
This club has been enlisted as the richest football club in Nigeria without having to minus series of achievements they bagged which includes;
- Nigeria National League: 1 (2014)
- NEROS Anambra FA Cup: 4 (2015,2016,2017 & 2018)
- Nigeria Federation Cup: 1 (2016)
The Anambra warriors as nicknamed have gotten a solid grip and massive success as one of the few privately run football clubs in the country.
The media officer of the club is Engr Ikenna Nwokedi, Josh Immanuel Ikeokoli is the stadium Announcer, with Uche Okagbue as club manager and Prince Chukwuma D. Ubah as chairman.
Ifeanyi Ubah FC is headquartered at 21 Nnobi Road, Nnewi Anambra state.
2. Kano Pillars – (Sai Musa Gida)
Kano pillars is a Nigerian professional football club based in Kano state and founded in 1990 (the year in which the Professional Association Football League commenced in Nigeria), this makes it one of the oldest clubs in the country.
The club is owned by the Kano state government and has its home stadium in Sani Abacha Stadium.
Kano pillars secure the second position in the list of the richest football clubs in Nigeria with the help of a good deal of sponsorship from top brands.
3. Akwa United Fc – (The Promise Keepers)
Akwa United football club is a Nigerian football club based in Uyo and founded in 1996 by then Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Navy Captain Joseph Adeusi.
This club is home to some highest-paid footballers in the Nigerian Professional League as it’s documented as one of the richest clubs in Nigeria with the help of various achievements and sponsorships.
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is the club’s home stadium, while Kennedy Boboye is the club’s manager, and Paul Basset stands as the club chairman.
4. Lobi Stars FC
This Nigerian club takes 4th place on the list of the richest football clubs in Nigeria.
Lobi stars previously known as Lobi Bank, Hawks, and BBL Hawks; was founded by late Bishop A.A Usuh of the Catholic diocese of Makurdi, Benue.
The club competes in the Nigerian professional football league and with the 15,000 seaters Aper Aku Stadium where Lobi stars reside, it is evidently one of the biggest and richest clubs in the country.
5. Enyimba Fc – (Aba Warriors)
This Aba-based Nigerian club known as Enyimba which means “people’s Elephant” in the Igbo language was founded in 1976 and owned by Jerry Amadi Enyeazu who was the first Director of sports in the newly established Imo state.
Subsequently, Abia State, Aba inclusively was created from parts of Imo state; so the new state government took over as the owners of Enyimba.
Enyimba football club plays in the Nigerian professional football league, and they rose to prominence as they bagged two African Champions League titles, Eight Nigerian Championships,s and four federation cups since 2001.
With all these achievements, one can’t say this club won’t be on the top list of the richest Nigerian clubs.
On a plus side, the club is considered the most successful Nigerian football club and has proven to be one of the best teams in NPFL.
6. Heartland Fc – (Soccer Scientist, The Hearts, Naze, Spartans)
Heartland FC, formerly established as Spartans in 1976 was later known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale after being acquired by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in 1985.
The Imo state government reacquired ownership of the club on the 7th of February 2006 from Chief Emmanuel and retitled it as “Heartland FC”.
The Spartans welcome massive sponsorship deals and accomplishments which created room for its attainment to the top richest clubs in the country.
This Nigeria football club is based in Owerri, Imo state, and plays their home games at Dan Anyiam Stadium which has a capacity of 10,000 seaters (due to the ongoing renovations at Dan Anyiam Stadium, they use Okigwe Stadium as the temporary home ground at present).
Additionally, this Club is home to some prominent players in Nigeria.
7. Sunshine Stars – (The Owena Waves/ Akure Gunners)
Sunshine stars football club is an established Nigerian club and one of the richest clubs in Nigeria as documented.
This Akure-based club was founded in 1995, sponsored by the state government, and managed by Deji Ayemi.
Sunshine stars football club plays in the top divisions in Nigerian football and the Nigerian Premier League; the club’s home stadium is Akure Township Stadium Akure, Ondo.
8. Plateau United
Plateau United is a professional football club based in Jos, founded in 1975 and formerly known as JIB strikers FC before 1991.
This club takes the 8th place on the list of Nigerian richest clubs with attachment of massive achievements, titles, and trophies they bagged.
Plateau United competes in the Nigerian professional football league and has 44,000 seater New Jos Stadium as its home stadium.
9. Rangers Fc – (Flying Antelopes)
Rangers football club commonly known as Enugu Rangers is another Nigerian Professional Association Football Team that is based in Enugu and plays their home games at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium with a capacity of 22,000 seaters.
Enugu Rangers as one of the oldest and richest clubs in Nigeria was founded in 1970 and coached by Salisu Yusuf; also features in NPFL.
Additionally, this club has attained prominent positions and is the only Nigerian team never to have been relegated from the Nigerian Premier League.
10. Rivers United FC – (The Pride Of Rivers)
Rivers United, a Nigerian professional football club situated in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.Founded in 2016 through the merging of Dolphins FC and Sharks FC after permission from the Rivers state government.
This club as another rich Nigerian team has remained in the top flight since its existence and first season. They have a series of remarkable performances which kept them going.
Their home stadium is the Yakubu Gowon Stadium formerly known as Liberation Stadium at Elekahia with a seating capacity of 30,000.
Thoroughly scanned, this article is able to lay down the top 10 richest clubs in Nigeria.
Not excluding notable facts about these clubs, the article has given a clear and precise knowledge of the above-enlisted teams for proper satisfaction.