Nigeria 1970-1979

1969/70

According to an article in the Tanzania Standard of 22 Mar 1970, the NFA intended
to organise an inter-club contest in March 1970 to determine the Nigerian entrants
for the African Champions Cup, after having ruled that the 1969 winners of the
Challenge Cup, Ibadan Lions, could not represent Nigeria, being a town selection
rather than a club side.  It is unclear whether any tournament was organised, and
if it was, its winners were never considered official champions, but eventually
Stationery Stores aéntereed the 1970 African Champions Cup.

1970/71

According to an article in the Lagos Daily Times of 3 Feb 1973, Enugu Rangers 
won the first ever edition of the national league in 1971, thereby gaining entry
to the 1971 African Champions Cup.

This apparently refers to the Amachree Gold Cup, an ad hoc knock-out based
competition played over a short period in (early) 1971 (or late 1970?) in Lagos
to ensure a Nigerian club could enter the African Champions Cup; previously
entry had gone to the winners of the Challenge Cup, but as the participants of
that competition not only included clubs but also city selections, that was no
longer acceptable to CAF.

1972

The national league was formed in 1972; it had 6 (according to other sources 5) 
founder members:

Bendel Insurance (Benin)
Mighty Jets (Jos)
Vasco da Gama (Enugu)
Octopus (Port Harcourt)
Tracas Warriors (Akwa) [or ACB Bank (Lagos)?]
WNPC (Ibadan) [later renamed IICC (Shooting Stars)]

NB: apparently Octopus, Tracas Warriors (or ACB Bank) and Vasco da Gama
    were relegated while Asaba Textile Mills, Darma United (Kano) and
    Stationery Stores (Lagos) were promoted.

Champions: Mighty Jets (Jos)

1973

Asaba Textile Mills and Darma United (Kano) were apparently relegated;
Stationery Stores, who finished 3rd from bottom, should have been
relegated as well but were spared 'on compassionate grounds, probably 
as a tribute to the late founder of the club who had brought the players 
up single-handed'. 

Apparently Enugu Rangers, Vasco da Gama (Enugu) and NEPA (Lagos) were 
promoted, while Mighty Jets (Jos) were also relegated?!

Champions: Bendel Insurance

1974

The league had 6 members:

Enugu Rangers
NEPA (Lagos) 
Stationery Stores (Lagos) 
Bendel Insurance (Benin) 
IICC (Ibadan) 
Vasco da Gama (Enugu)

No teams were relegated.

Champions: Enugu Rangers

1975

The league had 10 members after four new clubs were added.

Champions: Enugu Rangers

1976

Champions: IICC Shooting Stars

1977

No official champions.  First place decided by the coss of a toin which
favoured Stationery Stores, but Enugu Rangers entered the 1978 African
Champions' Cup.

1978

The league had 12 members:

Enugu Rangers
Housing Corporation (Akure)
Mighty Jets (Jos)
Racca Rovers (Kano)
P and T Vasco da Gama (Enugu)
Nigerian Standard (Jos)
Port Harcourt Sharks
Water Corporation (Ibadan)
IICC (Ibadan)
African Continental Bank (Lagos)
Spartans (Owerri)
Bendel Insurance (Benin)

Champions: Racca Rovers

1979

A national second division was introduced.

Division One

Enugu Rangers
Housing Corporation (Akure)
Mighty Jets (Jos)
Racca Rovers (Kano)
P and T Vasco da Gama (Enugu)
Nigerian Standard (Jos)
Port Harcourt Sharks
Water Corporation (Ibadan)
IICC (Ibadan)
African Continental Bank (Lagos)
Spartans (Owerri)
Bendel Insurance (Benin)

Champions: Bendel Insurance

Division Two

Calabar Rovers
Works Golden Star (Kano)
Ewekoro Works (Abeokuta)
Tornadoes (Minna)
Defence Industries Corporation Bees (Kaduna)
P and T Satellite (Ilorin)
Textiles (Asaba)
Club 50 (Sokoto)
Customs (Calabar)

1923-1945

1980 (cup)

1983

list of champions

list of cup winners


About this document

With thanks to Dinant Abbink and Neil Morrison

Sources: [Akp 85], [Bak 97], http://forum.cybereagles.com/ (on 1971)

Prepared and maintained by Hans Schöggl for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Hans Schöggl
Last updated: 18 Feb 2016

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