Which is the richest football club in Nigeria? To answer that bluntly, it is Ifeanyi Ubah F.C! Want to know why? The owner is a ‘Nigerian’ politician. In fact, he is the current Anambra South Senator-elect on the platform of the Young People’s Party (YPP).
What? You didn’t think Nigerian football clubs actually make money? How do you think they pay their players? Believe it or like it, these clubs do make cool money!
In this post, I’m going to be opening your eyes to the richest football clubs in Nigeria.
Even though lots and lots of Nigerians watch more of European football teams, believing that the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) is pure trash and not worth their time, the truth is that there are still a number of patriotic Nigerians who watch and support the NPFL.
These NPFL fans love the league and support their respective clubs materially, financially and with words of encouragement on match days.
Thus, money is made from tickets sale, jerseys, transfers and trophies.
I have ranked this list of the richest football club in Nigeria with some important factors which range from the average salary of coaches and players to sponsorships to some leaked information to Management and all that
Now let’s find out which is the Richest Football Club In Nigeria.
Ifeanyi Ubah F.C
You didn’t expect to see any other club at number one, did you?! Like I said from the start, this club is the richest football club in Nigeria.
Owned by Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, who happens to be a Nigerian businessman, politician and entrepreneur and CEO of Capital Oil, what do you expect?!
The Anambra Warriors was formerly called Iyayi Football Club of Benin City before Chief Gabriel Chukwuma acquired it and renamed it Gabros International Football Club.
Ubah took over and subsequently rechristened it Ifeanyi Ubah F.C – named it after himself of course.
Ifeanyi Ubah F.C is headquartered at 21 Nnobi Road, Nnewi, Anambra State.
Kano Pillars F.C
Kano Pillars sits in second place. The Kano-based Nigerian football club was founded in 1990, which makes it one of the oldest football clubs in Nigeria.
They feature in the Nigerian Professional Football League(NPFL).
Not surprising, the club is owned by the Kano state government, because if not, it won’t still be called Kano Pillars F.C.
Kano state government make money from Kano Pillars F.C from the many sponsorship requests they get from top brands.
Kano Pillars F.C is home to some of the highest-paid footballers in the Nigerian professional football league.
Did I mention, Ahmed Musa also played for Masu Gida during the early years of his career?
Pillars’ home stadium is the Sani Abacha Stadium.
Akwa United F.C
Akwa Ibomites reading this post will definitely be excited to see their club mentioned as one of the richest football clubs in Nigeria. Why not?! I mean, they are an oil-producing State.
The Promise Keepers play in the first division of Nigerian football, Nigeria Professional Football League with Akwa Ibom Stadium as their home stadium.
The club was founded in December 1996 by then Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Navy Captain Joseph Adeusi.
Lobi Stars F.C
The Makurdi based football club was previously known as Lobi Bank, BBL Hawks, and Hawks before it was acquired by Lobi Bank in 1990.
Lobi Stars Football Club resides in a 15,000 seater Aper Aku Stadium and they are arguably one of the biggest clubs in the Nigerian professional football league.
I believe they do deserve the fourth position on my list of richest football clubs in Nigeria.
The Peoples’ Elephant is one of the top-flight clubs in the Nigerian professional football league. Could it be the richest football club in Nigeria? continue reading to find out.
Enyimba F.C was founded in 1976 and is based in the city of Aba. The Aba Warriors have over time proven to be one of the best teams in the NPFL.
I know some of you will argue that they are the best. I leave that debate to you guys.
Unfortunately, Eyinmba is not the richest football club in Nigeria, but it hosts some of the highest-paid players in the NPFL.
Enyimba International Football Club has won two African Champions League titles, seven Nigerian championships as well as four Federation Cups.
That’s all guys. If you think there is a football club in this list of the richest football club in Nigeria that isn’t supposed to be. Or do you feel there is one that should be on the list? Have your say in the comment box.