Nigeria League highest paid players – The top seven

Nigeria League highest paid players – The top seven
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The Nigeria League highest paid players have immense talent and competitive spirit that has developed over the many years they've plied their trade in the NPFL.

While the league may not boast the same financial power as some of its European counterparts, it has witnessed a significant increase in player salaries in recent years.

The Nigerian Football League stands as one of Africa's most renowned and beloved football competitions, owing to the nation's fervent passion and unwavering devotion to the beautiful game.

Yet, the league's history has been marred by stories of unpaid wages, inadequate funding, and neglectful player welfare, painting a bleak picture of its past.

In this article, we delve into the world of wealth and explore the Nigeria league highest paid players.

List of Nigeria League highest paid players

Theophilus Afelokhai (₦1.2 million)

Theophilus Afelokhai
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Theophilus Afelokhai has emerged as the highest-paid player in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following his move to Rivers United, where he commands a monthly salary of ₦1.2 million. The former Enyimba sensation made the transfer to the Port Harcourt-based club for a record-breaking fee of ₦4 million, leaving behind his former NPFL champions.

Previously, FC Ifeanyi Ubah's Godwin Obaje held the title of highest earner in the league, with a monthly salary of ₦1 million. Afelokhai, aged 34, is a multiple Nigeria Professional Football League title winner during a career in which he has played for Kano Pillars, Enyimba, and Rivers United.

Godwin Obaje (₦1million)

Godwin Obaje in action
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Securing the second-highest position on the list of Nigeria's highest-paid players in the league is Godwin Obaje, a prolific striker representing Ifeanyi Ubah FC, with a remarkable monthly income of ₦1 million.

Known for his goal-scoring prowess, Obaje stands among the top scorers in the league, consistently demonstrating his exceptional abilities on the field. Despite his aspirations to seek opportunities abroad, the player encountered obstacles in his quest, ultimately leading him to establish a firm foothold in the Nigerian football league, where he continues to excel and contribute significantly to his team's success.

Gambo Mohammed (₦850,000)

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Mohammed, aged 35, is a highly skilled footballer, currently represents Kano Pillars FC in the esteemed Nigerian Football League. Mohammed's contributions as a Center Forward for his club have garnered substantial financial rewards, as he earns an impressive monthly salary of ₦850,000.

Namso Edo (₦700,000)


Namso Edo in action in the NPFL
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Namso is notably one of the best defenders in the Nigerian Football League with a terrific performance for his club Akwa United. He is also one of the few footballers in the league to have graduated from the university. Being a great defender should increase your market value and earnings which is why Namso receives a large sum of ₦700,000 per month.

Cyril Olisemah (₦700,000)

Cyril Olisemah
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Cyril Olisemah, at the age of 28, is an active member of Akwa United, where he has established himself as one of the most exceptional playmaking midfielders in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). With his remarkable skills and vision on the field, Olisema has garnered a strong reputation as a creative force within the league. As an attacking midfielder, he enjoys a monthly remuneration of approximately ₦700k.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (₦600,000)

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Ikechukwu Ezenwa, a 34-year-old athlete, serves as the goalkeeper for Katsina United FC, where he commands a monthly salary of around ₦600k. Ezenwa initiated his professional football journey with Ocean Boys before transitioning to Heartland FC in July 2008. Eventually, in 2019, he made the move to his current team, solidifying his role as a vital presence between the goalposts for Katsina United FC.

Anthony Okpotu (₦400,000)

Anthony Okpotu in action for Lobi Stars
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Okpotu, recognized as one of the premier talents and leading goal scorers in the Nigerian Football League, has consistently proven his prowess on the field. His exceptional ability to deliver crucial goals has earned him multiple nominations for the Striker of the Season and Player of the Year awards. Currently affiliated with Lobi Stars FC, Okpotu receives a monthly salary of ₦400,000 as a testament to his value and contributions to the team.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 months ago

Oseg has been a writer since 2013. His passion for helping people in all aspects of sports flow through in the expert coverage he provides in writing for GoalBall.


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