10 interesting things to know about Enyimba FC

Nigeria’s most successful club Enyimba is replete with records, a rich history and great achievements over the years.

Below are 10 remarkable facts you need to know about the 2-time African Champions:

  1. Enyimba was founded in November 1976 by Jerry Enyeazu – a former Director of Sports in the then newly-created Imo State


  1. After regaining promotion to Nigeria’s topflight league in 1993, the People’s Elephant have not been relegated – a run of 30 years. Only Rangers International have had a longer run.


  1. On 12 December, 2003, Enyimba became the first and, till date, the only Nigerian club to win the CAF Champions League, after overcoming Egyptian side Ismaily 2-1 on aggregate. The People’s Elephant successfully defended the title a year after, becoming only the second African side to win back-to-back titles


  1. Enyimba was voted the CAF Club of the Year in 2003 following the historic exploits in the CAF Champions League same year


  1. The People’s Elephant also claimed 2 CAF Super Cup titles in 2004 and 2005


  1. Enyimba stands tall when it comes to the Nigerian topflight, having won a record 9 league titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010,2015, 2019 and 2023), two more than rivals Rangers Int’l. Enyimba also boasts of 4 Federation Cup titles, making it by far Nigeria’s most successful club


  1. The People’s Elephants are the first Nigerian club to buy a player for up to N1m, when striker Emeka Nwanna (Ayaya) joined Enyimba from Rangers Int’l in 2001.


  1. In October 2008, Enyimba striker Stephen Worgu joined Sudanese outfit Al Merreikh in a 4-year deal worth $2.6m – the most expensive export from the Nigerian league, and one of the most expensive transfers in Africa at the time


  1. In 2014, then Enyimba striker Mfon Udoh banged in a record 23 goals to become the highest goalscorer in the Nigerian topflight in a single season. That record stands till this day.


  1. The likes of Emeka Nwanna, Obinna Nwaneri, Vincent Enyeama, Ndidi Anumunu, Ugah Okpara, Dele Aiyenugba, Muri Ogunbiyi, Musa Aliyu, Ajibade Omolade, Onyekachi Okonkwo, Romanus Orjinta and Samuel Ochei are some of the club’s legends

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