Who is Nigeria Premier League Top Scorer? To clear the air on this question that appears to be confusing to some fans, I have detailed who the Nigeria Premier League top scorers are and who currently occupies that position.
The Nigerian Professional Football League is the highest level of the football league system in Nigeria, for the Nigerian Club-football Championships and is organized by the League Management Company (LMC).
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The NPFL was in earlier times known as the Nigerian Premier League as of the 2012/2013 Season from the 2003/2004 Season.
Before then it was known as “Nigerian Premiership” (2000–2003). And it was between 1993-2000 that it was first called “Nigerian Premier League”.
“Nigerian Professional League” is what it was called between 1990–1993. Nigerian National League – First Division was the name between 1979–1990.
And “the (Nigerian) National League” or “Nigerian Football League” was what it was known as between 1972–1979.
So who are the NPFL top scorers 2018/2019?
Let’s take a look at them.
Nigeria Premier League Top Scorer
Godwin Obaje was the top scorer of the last season of Nigeria Premier League.
Born in Nigeria in 1997, Obaje is now the highest paid player in the league. Obaje has joined Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia. This was a long-term deal from Wikki Tourists.
The 22-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Tunisian club and he said that the club has tremendous confidence in him as a striker and that he is hopeful of delivering.
Obaje scored 18 goals in the 2016 season and thereby enabled Wikki Tourists to finish at third place.
When we speak about the Nigeria Premier League top scorers the first name that comes to our mind is Mfon Udoh who had scored 23 goals to his credit.
In addition to the Nigerian national team, Udoh plays as a forward for Akwa United also.
His pace, exact positioning, finishing in the most natural style and the skill to provide assists make him a complete forward.
This 27-year old Nigerian football player is the best striker of NPFL. Udoh received the golden boot award for the top NPFL scorer.
He created a record by scoring 23 goals for the People’s Elephant of Aba and during 2013 – 2014, most of the League’s individual awards were grabbed by Mfon Udoh.
He was the highest goal scorer in Enyimba’s CAF Champion League campaign in 2016 in spite of his injury as well as lack of playing time.
Udoh was formerly the captain of the Aba-based Enyimbia International. Ahead of the 2018 – 2019 season, he rejoined Akwa United.
Mfon Udoh is the all-time highest scorer in a single season in NPFL. Critics refer Udoh as a “local champion” since so far he has not played out of Nigeria.
But, while speaking to journalists Udoh said that his chance to play abroad will come someday.
Is Jude Nigeria league top scorer 2018? We’ll see.
The Nigerian forward who is now playing for Ikorodu United F.C. was born in the year 1990.
The 29-year old started his football career with Young Planners FC and Ebonyi Angels FC.
Out of the 13 goals scored by Jude Aneke during the 2009 – 2010 season when he was with Kaduna United, 10 goals were in the League only.
The Ebonyi State University graduate won the Nigerian FA Cup in 2010. In 2014, Aneke joined Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Spartak Semey.
In 2016 he came back to Nigeria and played for Ikorodu United F.C.
When the Egyptian Premier League side, Al Masry refused to pay a transfer fee to this Nigerian forward, FIFA slammed Al Masry and ordered the club to pay him $140,000.
Aneke won the Nigerian Super Cup in 2010 and in 2012 he was the top scorer of Nigeria Premier League.
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Victor Namo, also known as V.I.C, is a Nigerian football player who was born in the year 1988 in Jos.
The 30-year-old started his football career with Yobe Desert Stars and he joined Kano Pillars F.C. in the year 2006.
Namo became one among Nigeria Premier League top scorers during his career in Kano Pillars Football Club from 2006 to 2012.
The Jos-born player helped Kano Pillars to win Nigerian Premier League for the first time in 2007 – 08. In 2007, Victor scored 7 goals in the CAF Champions League.
In 2011-2012 season Victor Namo helped Kano Pillars to win their second league title and after that season he left Kano Pillars and joined Nasarawa United.
Victor emerged as the top scorer in the league by scoring 19 goals on behalf of Nasarawa United.
The striker left Nigeria in 2014 and joined Al Ahly Benghazi of Libyan Premier League, but does he qualify as the highest goal scorer in Nigeria league 2018? We’ll find out.
Junior Sewanu Lokosa became one among the Nigeria Premier League top scorers when he scored 19 goals in Premier League of 2018.
The 25-year-old forward plays for Kano Pillars which was one among the top 3 teams in Nigeria Premier League of 2018.
Lokosa joined Kano Pillars in 2017 prior to which he was playing for First Bank Nigeria.
This centre-forward player was born in Nigeria in the year 1993.
Lokosa scored 24 goals during his career in Kano Pillars.
The former First Bank player was also awarded the title “Eunisell Boot” when he became the top scorer of Nigeria Premier League in 2018.
Ibrahim Sanusi of Nasarawa United was declared the highest goals scorer in the just-ended regular season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Sanusi, 17, tied with Akwa United’s Mfon Udoh on ten goals at the completion of matches going into the Championship Playoff to determine the season’s Champions.
The League Management Company (LMC) arrived at the decision to declare Sanusi the top scorer of the season by relying on provisions in Rule A9.4, A9.5-2 which stipulates considerations to choose the lead scorer in the event of a tie of two or more players.
Disciplinary records which is the second consideration to break a tie favoured Sanusi as he only bagged a yellow card all through the season as against the two recorded for Udoh.
This season would have been the second time that Udoh would finish as top scorer had he clinched the award.
He however still holds the record of the most goals in the league for a season after he scored 23 goals in the 2013/14 season playing for former Champions, Enyimba International.
Now let’s find out who currently stands as Nigeria Premier League top scorer.
Complete List Of Nigeria Premier League Top Scorers From 1990 Till Date
Year Best/Top scorers Team Goals 1990 Ishaya Jatau Iwuanyanwu Nationale 17 1991 Richard Ojomo Bendel United 12 1992 Arthur Moses Super Stores 10 1993 Tony Nwigwe Iwuanyanwu Nationale 13 1994 Olumide Harris Shooting Stars 14 1995 Ben Agawam Gombe United F.C. 12 1996 Peter Anyiolobi Enyimba 9 1997 Paul Kpoughoul Jasper United | BCC Lions 16 1998 Hassan Minna Gombe United 14 1999 Emmanuel Ago Iwuanyanwu Nationale 14 2000 Peter Ijeh Julius Berger 14 2001 Uche Okereke Enugu Rangers 13 2002 Joetex Frimpong El-Kanemi Warriors 16 2003 Chibuzor Ozurumba |
Iwuanyanwu Nationale | Julius Berger 13 2004 Kabiru Alausa Julius Berger 13 2005 Timothy Anjembe | Joseph Akpala Lobi Stars | Bendel Insurance 12 2006 Ikechukwu Ibenegbu El-Kanemi Warriors 10 2007 Aruwa Ameh Kaduna United 10 2008 Abubakar Babale Wikki Tourists | Sunshine Stars 14 2009 Orok Akarandut Akwa United 17 2010 Ahmed Musa Kano Pillars 18 2011 Jude Aneke Kaduna United 20 2012 Sibi Gwar Niger Tornadoes 17 2013 Victor Namo Nasarawa United 18 2014 Mfon Udoh Enyimba 23 2015 Gbolahan Salami Warri Wolves 17 2016 Godwin Obaje Wikki Tourists 18 2017 Anthony Okpotu Lobi Stars 19 2018 Junior Lokosa Kano Pillars 19 2019 Mfon Udoh | Sunusi Ibrahim Akwa united | Nasarawa united 10
So now, you know who the NPFL highest goal scorer 2019, right? As you can see from the list above, Sunusi Ibrahim is the current Nigeria Premier League top scorer.