Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) 2023/24 – Full list of completed transfers

Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) 2023/24 – Full list of completed transfers
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The Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) is the league that pays Africa's third highest winners fee.

It has produced great players that have gone on to shine in Europe and other world leagues.

Despite the plethora of talent that abounds n the country, the NPFL is still to reach its full potential. One thing that has continued to dog the league is the non-structure of its calendar.

The NPFL has several deficiencies. The coordination of the NPFL transfer Business is less than professional. The clubs have struggled to conduct their affairs professionally. A few clubs have tried to maintain a semblance of professionalism.

Clubs like Enyimba, Remo Stars, newly promoted Sporting Lagos and Rivers United are some clubs that have been active in the market.

Yet, for all the efforts put into making the league a sponsors' delight, affairs regarding transfers in the NPFL have been anything but professional. A lot has been shrouded in secrecy, with details of the deals a mystery.

Below are some concluded deals ahead of the 2023/24 season.

NPFL 2023/24 transfers

Rivers United

Rivers Utd has signed several players and let others go in preparation for their continental campaign. After a strong finish in the regular season, they fell short in the NPFL Super Six Playoffs, where they finished third.

IN

  • Deputy Echeta (forward) – Bendel Insurance
  • John Uche Akubueze (defender) – Enugu Rangers
  • Ebedebiri Endurance (defender) – Bayelsa Utd
  • Yao Kouassi Bernard (Forward) – TS Galaxy
  • Fatai Abdullahi (Midfielder) – Enyimba
  • Adeleke Adekunle David (Defender) – Enyimba
  • Asiegbu Shedrack (Midfielder) – Enugu Rangers
  • Samuel Antwi (Right Winger) – King Faisal (Ghana)
  • Ossy Martins
  • Alex Oyowah (Midfielder) – Bayelsa United
  • Sadiq Abubakar (Winger) – Enyimba

OUT

  • Morice Chukwu (Forward) – Singida Fountain Gate FC
  • Darlington Ovunda (Goalkeeper) – Shooting Stars
  • Malachi Ohawume (Forward) – Enugu Rangers
  • Fabian Nworie Maduabuchi (Defender) – Remo Stars FC
  • Muyiwa Adeola Fehintola (Right-Back) – Coton Sport FC (Benin)
  • Osagie Onisodumeya (Goalkeeper) – Bayelsa United
  • Paul Odeh (Left Winger) – Wikki Tourists
  • Augustine Okejepha (Midfielder) – Kano Pillars
  • Akpesiri Naibe (Forward) – Sporting Lagos

Enyimba

Enyimba of Aba are the league champions and will contest in the CAF Champions League. They have not signed many players, but have let several of their playing staff leave. The transfer window is over, and they can still get a few deals over the line for the NPFL season and the CAF Champions League.

IN

  • Anthony Okachi (Forward) – Shooting Stars
  • Ogbu Ogechukwu (Midfielder) – Sunshine Stars
  • Joseph Atule (Forward) – Lobi Stars

OUT

  • John Noble (Goalkeeper) – Tabora United (Tanzania)
  • Emeka Obioma (Forward) – Nahdat Zemamra (Morocco)
  • Philip Ozor
  • Chigozie Obasi
  • Adekunle Adeleke David (midfielder) – Rivers United
  • Fatai Abdullahi (Defender) – Rivers United
  • Samuel Kalu
  • Moses Omoduemuke
  • Ademola Adebambo (Winger) – Katsina United
  • Othuke Egbo
  • Sadiq Abubakar (Winger) – Rivers United

Enugu Rangers

IN

  • Kalu Nweke (Midfielder) – Abia Warriors
  • Malachi Ohawume (Forward) – Rivers United
  • Ifeanyi Ogba (Forward) – Akwa United
  • Josiah Michael – Yobe Desert Stars
  • Chukwuemeka Onyia – Wikki Tourists
  • Jonas Emmanuel (Forward) – Niger Tornadoes
  • Ifeanyi Onyebuchi (Defender) – Plateau United
  • Chinedu Ibe (Midfielder) – Nasarawa United
  • Opubo Japhet (Goalkeeper) – Sunshine Stars
  • Isaac Saviour (Midfielder) – Vandrezzer FC
  • Arunta Elmer (Winger) Heartland FC
  • Ikenna Stephen (Defender) – Abia Warriors
  • Kelechi Edeh (Winger) – MTA Sports FC
  • Austin Opara (Defender) – Plateau United
  • Kazeem Ogunleye (Midfielder) – Plateau United

OUT

  • John Uche Akubueze (Defender) – Rivers United
  • Asiegbu Shedrack (Midfielder) – Rivers United
  • Mike Ibe Okoro (Midfielder) – Katsina United
  • Saidu Adamu – Kano Pillars
  • Adams Musa – Kano pillars
  • Eboko Ikechukwu (Forward) – Giravanz Kitakyushu (Japan)
  • Chukwuebuka Anthony – Akwa United
  • Hadi Mohammed – Akwa United

Akwa United

IN

  • Akintunde Bala (Defender) – 3SC
  • Emmanuel James (Defender) – Yobe Desert Stars
  • Edidiong Ezekiel Enobong (Forward) – Remo Stars
  • Nurudeen Badmus – Dakkada
  • Opamaye Gbenga – Remo Stars
  • Hadi Mohammed – Enugu Rangers
  • Chukwuebuka Anthony – Enugu Rangers
  • Mubarak Said – Lobi Stars
  • Heutchou Gerome – Katsina United
  • Samuel Ganda – Bayelsa United
  • Babatunde Solomon – Niger Tornadoes
  • William Sunday – Kano Pillars
  • Abdul Rasheed Abiodun – Remo Stars
  • Rilwan Sadiq – Sunshine Stars

     

OUT

  • Taiye Murtala (Right-Back) – Shooting Stars
  • Moses Effiong (Winger) – Katsina United
  • James Ajako (Defender) – FUS Rabat
  • Ifeanyi Ogba (Forward) – Enugu Rangers
  • Ndifreke Effiong (Forward) – Olympique Club De Safi (Morocco)
  • Sadiq Yusuf (Forward) – Kwara United

Heartland

OUT

  • Jonathan Alukwu (Left Winger) – Sporting Lagos
  • Arunta Elmer (Winger) Enugu Rangers

Sporting Lagos

IN

  • Ekene Nero Olisema (Forward) – Warri Wolves
  • Jonathan Alukwu (Left Winger) – Heartland FC
  • Junior Lokosa (Forward) – Remo Stars
  • Godwin Odibo (Right Winger) – Remo Stars
  • Chisom Ngomere (Midfield) – Sunshine Stars
  • Godwin Udoh – (Forward) – 3SC
  • Henry Nnamdi (midfielder) – Dakkada FC
  • Ufere Chinedu (Midfielder) – Doma United
  • Akpesiri Naibe (Forward) – Rivers United

OUT

  • Abiodun Odunayo Taiwo
  • Akanni Akeem
  • Daniel Onah
  • Daniel Simon
  • Godswill Taro
  • Oluwayemi Afere
  • Raji Usman
  • Temidayo Okanlawon
  • Ugochukwu Okafor
  • Wisdom Samuel
  • Kalu Chukwuemeka
  • Femi Ladeinde

Remo Stars

Remo Stars are also on the continent. The Ikenne-based side finished second in the NPFL Super Six to grab a Champions League ticket. They have also been active in the transfer window.

IN

  • Jide Fatokun (Midfield) – Kwara United
  • Victor Collins (Defender) – Nasarawa United
  • Habib Yakub (Right-Back) – Sunshine Stars
  • Samad Kadiri (Forward) – Kwara United
  • Dela Akorli (Forward) – Kotoku Royals
  • Alimi Sikiru (Forward) – Shooting Stars
  • Fabian Nworie Maduabuchi (Defender) – Rivers United
  • Nnaemeka Achi (Midfield) – Sunshine Stars
  • Imo Ikemdinachi – Left-Back – Sunshine Stars
  • Yinusa Sheriff (Defender) – Bayelsa Utd
  • Tochukwu Michael (Midfield) – Plateau United
  • Isaac James Ogiri (Midfield) – Nasarawa United
  • Abraham Marcus (Left Winger) – FC Porto B

OUT

  • Junior Lokosa (Forward) – Sporting Lagos
  • Godwin Odibo (Right Winger) – Sporting Lagos
  • Morufdeen Moshood (Forward) – Leixões (Portugal)
  • Monsuru Bashiru (Defender)
  • Edidiong Ezekiel Enobong (Forward) – Akwa United
  • Awoyemi Abiodun (Right-Back)
  • Opamaye Gbenga – Akwa United
  • Abdul Rasheed Abiodun – Akwa United
  • Ebenezer Akinsanmiro – Inter Milan U-19

Sunshine Stars

IN

Lucky Nwafor Chinecherem (Forward) – Masaka United (Uganda)

OUT

  • Habib Yakub (Right-Back) – Remo Stars
  • Nnaemeka Achi (Midfield) – Remo Stars
  • Imo Ikemdinachi (Left-Back) – Remo Stars
  • Chisom Ngomere (Midfield) – Sporting Lagos
  • Aaron Wande (Midfield) – FC Cilicia (Armenia)
  • Ogbu Ogechukwu (Midfield) – Enyimba
  • Opubo Japhet (Goalkeeper) – Enugu Rangers
  • Ekerete Udoh (Defender) – Al Najaf (Iraq)

Shooting Stars

IN

  • Darlington Ovunda (Goalkeeper) – Rivers United
  • Daddy Abdulrahman (Midfield) – El-Kanemi Warriors
  • Taiye Murtala (Right-Back) – Akwa United
  • Olamide Benjamin Ogunbajo (Midfield) – Al-Hilal
  • Emeka Obiora (Defender) – El Kanemi Warriors
  • Anozie Chinedu (goalkeeper) – Plateau United
  • Michael Enaruma (Defender)
  • Abdulkareem Mumuni (Forward)
  • Oke Kayode Solomon (Forward) – Crown FC
  • Anayo Ogbonna (Forward) – Gombe United
  • Olamilekan Oderinde – 3SC Team B
  • Gbolagade Odelowo (Defender)
  • Babatunde Gbolahan
  • Ambrose Ogundahunsola
  • Ayobami Adekunle (Forward) – ASPAC FC (Benin Rep.)
  • Bamidele Samuel Ayodeji (Defender) – Kwara United
  • Mustapha Adams (Forward) – Triple 44 FA
  • Ayobami Junior Abiodun (Midfielder) –
  • Olawale Tosin (Midfielder) – 3SC Team B

OUT

  • Ezekiel Tamara (Midfield) – Bendel Insurance
  • Kester Oahimijie (Midfield) – Bendel Insurance
  • Alimi Sikiru (Forward) – Remo Stars
  • Dabani Godwin Alao (Forward) – Karamone FC
  • Akintunde Bala (Defender) – Akwa United
  • Godwin Udoh – (Forward) – Sporting Lagos
  • Bamidele Adeniyi (Goalkeeper) – Plateau United

Kwara Utd

IN

  • Oluwatosin Bamidele (Right-Winger) – Rahbam FC
  • Isaiah Ejeh (Defender) – Mjällby AIF
  • Ayo Adejubu – 3SC
  • Sadiq Yusuf (Forward) – Akwa United

OUT

  • Jide Fatokun (Midfield) – Remo Stars
  • Samad Kadiri (Forward )- Remo Stars
  • Sani Faisal (Left-Back) – Al-Wahda SC
  • Bamidele Samuel Ayodeji (Defender) – 3SC

Abia Warriors

OUT

  • Kalu Nweke (Midfield) – Enugu Rangers
  • Ikenna Stephen (Defender) – Enugu Rangers

Bendel Insurance

The Benin Arsenal were successful in getting a continental ticket. They were the surprise package of the NPFL 2022/23 season. Their Federation Cup victory over Enugu Rangers helped them to the CAF Confederation Cup ticket. They have had to fortify their squad ahead of the challenge.

IN

  • Ezekiel Tamara (Midfield) – Shooting Stars
  • Kester Oahimijie (Midfield) – Shooting Stars
  • David Obiazo (Goalkeeper) – El-Kanemi Warriors
  • Paul Obata (Left-Winger) – Gombe United

OUT

  • Echeta Ugonna Deputy (Left-Winger) – Rivers United
  • Imade Osarenkhoe (Forward) – United FC (UAE)

Bayelsa United

IN

  • Osagie Onisodumeya (Goalkeeper) – Rivers Utd
  • Oladimeji Oluwaseun (Goalkeeper) – NAF FC
  • Ogundare Arise (Defender) – Dakkada FC
  • Lawal Kehinde (Midfielder) – Joy Cometh FC

OUT

  • Alex Oyowah (Midfielder) – Rivers United
  • Sheriff Yinusa (Defender) – Remo Stars
  • Samuel Ganda – Akwa United

Gombe United

OUT

  • Paul Obata (Left-Winger) – Bendel Insurance
  • Anayo Ogbonna (Forward) – 3SC

Kano Pillars

Newly promoted Kano Pillars will look to maintain their position in the NPFL this season and have recruited in critical areas.

IN

  • Ibrahim Mustapha Yuga (Forward) – Plateau United
  • Abubakar Ibrahim Babawo (Right-Back)
  • Abubakar Aliyu (Forward) – Wikki Tourists
  • Anthony Ohaegbu (Defender) – Rivers United
  • Habibu Yakubu Sadiq (Defender) – Katsina United
  • Saidu Adamu – Enugu Rangers
  • Adams Musa – Enugu Rangers
  • Ibrahim Abdullahi
  • Mohammed Galadima (Goalkeeper) – Wikki Tourists

OUT

  • William Sunday – Akwa United

Katsina Utd

IN

  • Pius Ibrahim (goalkeeper) – Plateau United
  • Saidu Hamisu (goalkeeper) – USGN FC (Niger)
  • Moses Effiong (Winger) – Akwa United
  • Sunday Akinmoladun (Defender) – Niger Tornadoes
  • Chris Madaki (Left-Back) – Nasarawa United
  • Mike Ibe Okoro (Midfielder) – Enugu Rangers
  • Ademola Adebambo (Winger) – Enyimba
  • Lawrence Edward
  • Abdullahi Yunusa (Winger) – Niger Tornadoes
  • Anas Hassan – Lobi Stars

OUT

  • Samson Lawal (Midfielder) – Livingstone FC (Scotland)
  • Faisal Sani (Left-Back) – Al Wahda (Oman)
  • Bolaji Sakin – AS Otoho (Congo)
  • Heutchou Gerome – Akwa United

Lobi Stars

IN

Waheed Adebayo (Forward) – Niger Tornadoes

OUT

  • Emeka Obiora (Defender) – Shooting Stars
  • Joseph Atule (Forward) – Enyimba
  • Mubarak Said – Akwa United

Plateau United

IN

Bamidele Adeniyi (Goalkeeper) – 3SC

OUT

  • Ibrahim Abubakar (Right-Back) – Kano Pillars
  • Ibrahim Mustapha Yuga (Forward) – Kano Pillars
  • Raymond Tochukwu (Midfield) – Remo Stars
  • Anozie Chinedu (Goalkeeper) – Shooting Stars
  • Pius Ibrahim (goalkeeper) – Katsina United
  • Ifeanyi Onyebuchi (Defender) – Enugu Rangers
  • Tochukwu Michael (Midfielder) – Remo Stars
  • Austin Opara (Defender) – Enugu Rangers
  • Kazeem Ogunleye (Midfielder) – Enugu Rangers
  • Reuben Bala (Winger) – Cotton Sport de Garoua

Doma United

IN

  • Nelson Abiam – Free agent
  • Emmanuel Jesam
  • Jacom Manga
  • Sani Suleiman

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).