2017 Nigeria Professional Football League

The 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League was the 46th season of the top Nigerian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1972, and the 27th since the rebranding of the league as the "Professional League". Plateau United won the league on the Saturday, 9 September 2017 with a 2-0 victory over Enugu Rangers.[2]

Nigeria Premier League
ChampionsPlateau United[1]
RelegatedShooting Stars SC Remo Stars F.C.
Gombe United F.C. ABS
Champions LeaguePlateau United
MFM F.C.
Confederation CupEnyimba
Matches played380
Goals scored765 (2.01 per match)
Top goalscorerAnthony Okpotu (19)
Biggest home win
3 matches
Biggest away win
6 matches
Highest scoring
2 matches
Longest winning runEl Kanemi Warriors (4)
Longest unbeaten runPlateau United (7)
Longest winless runRemo Stars (14)
Longest losing runKano Pillars (4)
2016
2018
All statistics correct as of 20 September 2017.

Enugu Rangers won the previous edition, their seventh league title and first since 1984.

Plateau United's win of this edition is their first ever title, which came in their second season after being promoted to the top flight.

ClubsEdit

A total of 20 teams will contest the league including 16 teams from the previous season and four teams promoted from the Nigeria National League. The season will begin 14 January.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Plateau United (C) 38 19 9 10 49 25 +24 66 Qualification to the 2018 CAF Champions League
2 MFM 38 19 5 14 42 41 +1 62
3 Enyimba 38 18 7 13 43 28 +15 61 Qualification to the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup
4 Akwa United 38 17 9 12 46 30 +16 60
5 Nasarawa United 38 16 8 14 35 30 +5 56
6 El Kanemi Warriors 38 18 2 18 39 43 −4 56
7 Lobi Stars 38 15 9 14 43 39 +4 54
8 Kano Pillars 38 16 6 16 38 35 +3 54
9 Ifeanyi Uba 38 15 9 14 39 38 +1 54
10 Sunshine Stars 38 17 3 18 41 43 −2 54
11 Niger Tornadoes 38 16 6 16 31 35 −4 54
12 Abia Warriors 38 15 8 15 44 36 +8 53
13 Wikki Tourist 38 16 5 17 37 41 −4 53
14 Enugu Rangers 38 14 11 13 39 44 −5 53
15 Rivers United 38 14 10 14 34 33 +1 52
16 Katsina United 38 15 7 16 37 38 −1 52
17 Shooting Stars (R) 38 13 11 14 32 38 −6 50 Relegation to the Nigeria National League
18 ABS (R) 38 14 7 17 37 50 −13 49
19 Gombe United (R) 38 11 10 17 32 49 −17 43
20 Remo Stars (R) 38 7 8 23 27 49 −22 29
Updated to match(es) played on 9 September 2017. Source: NPFL.ng
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
Plateau United51111111111111121211
MFM111432223444432213122
El Kanemi Warriors128138149116222223332333
Ifeanyi Uba19611141811131617161919161213119884
Enyimba91275454459913129786775
Akwa United17181920201920141281386891210556
Lobi Stars18141711106687655771161112107
Niger Tornadoes19192016171585657685454448
Abia Warriors526463578121010910675669
ABS33263432333356891391210
Nasarawa United10151812161617111015121510111010710911
Rivers United5432581012141416121517191919181512
Kano Pillars15571179101378744548111313
Enugu Rangers121691312171819201814161719202020201614
Katsina United51281091012131110691113121416141115
Wikki Tourist101710187141518181717182014171617161916
Sunshine Stars161013815201615151115111416181718171417
Gombe United12816167136991311141315141512151718
Shooting Stars47121419111316161918171818151315131819
Remo Stars1220131913181920192020201920161814192020
Leader
2018 CAF Champions League or 2018 CAF Confederation Cup
Relegation to Nigeria National League
Updated to match(es) played on 21 May 2017. Source: Soccerway

Season statisticsEdit

GoalsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 10 May 2017
Rank Player Team Goals
1   Stephen Odey MFM 14
2   Abdullahi Ibrahim Alhassan Akwa United 10
  Samuel Mathias El Kanemi Warriors 10
3   Sunday Adetunji Abia Warriors 8
  Mfon Udoh Enyimba 8
4   Adamu Hassan Nasarawa United 7
  Victor Mboama Remo Stars 7
  Anthony Okpotu Lobi Stars 7
5   Godwin Obaje Ifeanyi Ubah 6
6   Prince Aggreh Ifeanyi Ubah 5
  Kingsley Eduwo Lobi Stars 5
  Daniel Etor Enugu Rangers 5
  Sunday Faleye Shooting Stars 5
  Austin Oladapo Gombe United 5
  Sikiru Olatunbosun MFM 5

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
Stephen Odey MFM Lobi Stars 4-0[3] 22 January 2017
Reuben Bala Plateau United ABS 4-1[4] 26 March 2017
Mu'azzam Akwa United Shooting Stars 4-2[5] 2 April 2017
Anthony Okpotu Lobi Stars Sunshine Stars 3-1[6] 19 April 2017

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Plateau United wins Nigerian Professional Football League".
  2. ^ "Plateau United wins Nigerian Professional Football League".
  3. ^ "Matchday3 round-up: Champions Rangers finally off the mark, as Odey puts on show in Lagos". Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. ^ "NPFL Match Day 15: Plateau United back on top, Enyimba defeat Rivers United - Daily Post Nigeria". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  5. ^ "NPFL: Nasarawa United thump MFM, Enyimba edge Enugu Rangers - Goal.com". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Okpotu's treble sink Sunshine Stars - SuperSport - Football". Retrieved 20 April 2017.