Nasarawa United F.C.

Nasarawa United Football Club is a soccer club based in Lafia, Nasarawa. They play in the Nigeria Premier League.

Full nameNasarawa United Football Club
Nickname(s)Solid Miners
GroundLafia Township Stadium, Lafia, Nasarawa, Nigeria
ChairmanIsaac Danladi[1]
ManagerMohammed Baba Ganaru
LeagueNigeria Premier League


The team was founded in 2003 after the Nasarawa government took over Black Stars FC of Gombe. They joined the Nigerian Premier League in 2004–05. Their stadium, Lafia Township Stadium, has a capacity of some 5,000. The club's nickname is Solid Miners.

2009–10 seasons

The team went through financial shortfalls in the 2008–09 season that one player described as leaving them on the verge of "starvation". A 1–1 home draw on March 7 against Niger Tornadoes caused home fans to riot and even follow the Tornadoes to the hotel and attack them there. The team was sent to play in Ibadan for the rest of the season and assured relegation to the Nigeria National League with three games remaining. The resulting debt of 46 million naira (Approx. $300,000) threatened to cancel the team's 2009–10 season. Midway through the season, the debt was reportedly 58 million naira ($387,000) and the team missed 16 games due to its precarious financial position. They returned to the field April 24 after a five-month suspension was lifted with a 1–0 win over Mighty Jets. They were promoted back to the Premier League in 2012 after winning their division.



Performance in CAF competitions

2007 – Second Round
2007 – Intermediate Round
2016 – First Round

Current squad

As of 27 January 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Benson Emmanuel
2 Olayinka Onoalapo
3 Makama Emmanuel
5 DF Seun Sogbeso
6 Abdulbasit Shittu
7 FW Jafar Buhari
8 Antonin Oussoun
9 Douglas Achiv
10 FW Anyu Ishaya
11 Babangida T Shaibu
12 GK Danlami Umar
13 MF Duru Mercy Ikenna
16 Adamu hassan
No. Position Player
17 Manga Mohammed
18 FW Phillip Auta
22 MF Thomas Zenke
23 Abubakar Ahmad
26 MF Victor Okoro
28 Tayo Fabiyi
29 Jide William
31 DF Abubakar Sadiq
32 GK Suraj Ayelaso
35 Aminu Kadir
FW Abdulrahman Bashir
FW Ocheme Udoh


Technical Advisor

  • Kabiru Sulaiman Dogo

Head Coach

  • none

Assistant Coach

  • TBA

Former coaches

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