Enyimba International Football Club
, or simply Enyimba
, is a Nigerian football
club based in the city of Aba
which plays in the Nigerian Premier League
. Their name means People's Elephant
in Igbo language
and is also the nickname used for the city of Aba. Founded in 1976, the club rose to prominence in the 2000s and is considered the most successful Nigerian football club as they won two African Champions League
titles, six Nigerian championships and two Federation Cup
The club was founded as a state-owned club in November 1976 by Jerry Amadi Enyeazu who was the first Director for Sports in the newly established Imo State
, a province in southeast Nigeria. In August 1991 Imo State was divided further and the Abia State
was created from the part of Imo which included the city of Aba, Enyimba's hometown, so the new state's government took over as owners of Enyimba.
In the 1970s and 1980s Enyimba struggled to make a notable impact as the traditional powerhouses such as Enugu Rangers
, Shooting Stars
, Bendel Insurance
and local rivals Iwuanyanwu Nationale
dominated Nigerian football. Enyimba's rise to fame began in 1990 when the Professional League was inaugurated.
In their first season in the top division Enyimba finished 13th out of 16 clubs, winning just five out of 30 games with a goal difference 25–36. In the following season they won eight games but still finished 15th with 36 points, just one point short from escaping relegation behind Stationery......