Nigeria Premier League top scorer list from its inception in 1990

Nigeria Premier League top scorer list from its inception in 1990
Credit: @NPFL_News

The Nigeria Premier League top scorer award was not given to previous top scorers since the league began in 1972.

It was in the 1989/90 season that the top scorer award was first awarded, as Ishaya Jatau scripted history to become the first Nigerian footballer to win the NPFL top scorer award with his 17 goals for Iwuanyanwu Nationale.

Ishaya Jatau, retired NPFL top scorer
Credit: @sportsaccessng X – Ishaya Jatau

Since then, many other players have gone on to win the prestigious award including 2013 African Cup of Nations winner, Ahmed Musa who won the award in 2010 while playing in the league for Kano Pillars.

Interestingly, a handful of players have shared the award due to finishing the season on equal goals with another player.

This happened first in the 2002/03 season when Chibuzor Ozurumba of Iwuanyanwu Nationale and Endurance Idahor of Julius Berger, ended the campaign on 13 goals apiece to win the NPFL top scorers award.

As if that was not enough, the following 2003/04 season, history was repeated, as Kabiru Alausa of Julius Berger and Timothy Anjembe of Lobi Stars finished the season on 13 goals.

Furthermore, in the 2018/19 season, Mfon Udoh of Akwa United and Sanusi Ibrahim of Nasarawa United lit up the NPFL, scoring 19 goals apiece to take home the NPFL top scorers award.

A season after that, Charles Atshimene and Silas Nwankwo scored 19 goals in the league, it was such an interesting competition between these guys who played for Akwa United and Nasarawa United respectively.

Nevertheless, every other NPFL top scorer falls short of Mfon Udoh's record of 23 goals in a single Nigeria Professional Football League campaign for Enyimba in the 2013/14 season, which is the record to break.

Let's now have a look at the updated list of the NPFL top scorers since the inception of the top scorer award in the 1989/90 season right up to the 2022/23 league season which was won by Enyimba's Chukwuemeka Obioma.

Nigeria Premier League top scorer list

Below is the list of the top scorers in the history of the Nigerian Premier league:

Top scorer list from 1990-2023

Top Scorer Season Goals Club
Ishaya Jatau 1989/90 17 Iwuanyanwu National
Richard Ojomo 1990/91 12 Bendel United
Arthur Moses 1991/92 10 Super Stores
Tony Nwigwe 1992/93 13 Iwuanyanwu National
Olumide Harris 1993/94 14 Shooting Stars
Ben Agawam 1994/95 12 Gombe United
Peter Anyiolobi 1995/96 9 Enyimba
Paul Kpoughoul 1996/97 16 Jasper United/BCC Lion
Hassan Minna 1997/98 14 Gombe United
Emmanuel Ago 1998/99 14 Iwuanyanwu National
Peter Ijeh 1999/2000 14 Julius Berger
Uche Okereke 2000/01 13 Enugu Rangers
Joetex Frimpong 2001/02 16 El-Kanemi Warriors
Chibuzor Ozurumba & Endurance Idahor 2002/03 13 Iwuanyanwu National & Julius Berger
Kabiru Alausa & Timothy Anjembe 2003/04 13 Julius Berger & Lobi Stars
Joseph Akpala 2004/05 12 Bendel Insurance
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu 2005/06 10 El-Kanemi Warriors
Aruwa Ameh 2006/07 10 Kaduna United
Abubakar Babale 2007/08 14 Sunshine Stars
Orok Akarandut 2008/09 17 Akwa United
Ahmed Musa 2009/10 18 Kano Pillars
Jude Aneke 2010/11 20 Kaduna United
Sibi Gwar 2011/12 17 Niger Tornado
Victor Namo 2012/13 18 Nasarawa United
Mfon Udoh 2013/14 23 Enyimba
Gbolahan Salami 2014/15 17 Warri Wolves
Godwin Obaje 2015/16 18 Wikki Tourists
Anthony Okpotu 2016/17 19 Lobi Stars
Junior Lokosa 2017/18 19 Kano Pillars
Mfon Udoh & Sanusi Ibrahim 2018/19 19 Akwa United & Nasarawa United
Israel Abia 2019/20 12 Enugu Rangers
Charles Atshimene & Silas Nwankwo 2020/21 19 Akwa United & Nasarawa United
Chijioke Akuneto 2021/22 19 Rivers United
Chukwuemeka Obioma 2022/23 16 Enyimba
Yet to update 2023/24 ? Yet to update

This article was most recently revised and updated 5 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.