5 most beautiful stadiums in the Nigerian football league

Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is gradually edging towards the level of Europe’s elite leagues with the standard and quality of play as well as officiating.

An impressive 408 goals has been scored in just 188 games played thus far – averaging 2.17 goals per game.

Adding to this is an unbelievable 25% surge in victories on the road – a remarkable turnover when compared to just 5% recorded in the 2014/15 season.

But one aspect of this upgrade has simply gone unnoticed – this is the standard of stadiums on display in the league.

The League Management Company (LMC) took drastic measures last term to ban clubs with below-par home grounds and the reward is visible for all to see this season.

Though not yet in the class of the San Siro and Old Trafford, league centres in Nigeria are beginning to create that atmosphere which is only seen in Europe.

Here, we guide you round five of the most beautiful soccer edifices in the NPFL taking into consideration the capacity, quality and newness.

  1. Akwa Ibom International Stadium

Akwa Ibom International stadium

Location: Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Surface: Grass

Capacity: 30,000

Opened: 2014

Team: Akwa United

  1. Confluence Stadium

lokoja confluence stadium

Location: Lokoja, Kogi State

Surface: Artificial

Capacity: 30,000

Opened: 2013

Team: Kogi United/Niger Tornadoes

  1. Sani Abacha Stadium

Sani Abacha Stadium

Location: Kano, Kano State

Surface: Grass

Capacity: 25,000

Opened: 1998, renovated 2009

Team: Kano Pillars

  1. Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium

Nnamdi Azikiwe Stdium

Location: Enugu, Enugu State

Surface: Artificial

Capacity: 25,000

Opened: 1986, renovated 2009

Team: Rangers International

  1. Aper Aku Stadium

Aper Aku Stadium

Location: Makurdi, Benue State

Surface: Artificial

Capacity: 20, 000

Opened/Renovated: 2015

Team: Lobi Stars