The 2021 NPFL season is closer to the end and some teams have stood out. Akwa United are the champions and have shown their credentials all season long.
Nasarawa United also ran their race in the face for the title but it was not enough but one of the most curious cases for observers and definitely not admirers is that of Adamawa United and its rivals in the drop zone.
Of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Warri Wolves, and Adamawa United, only Adamawa United has been confirmed for the drop to the NNL with as many four games left.
Adamawa United and The Five Poorest sides Ever Paraded in the NPFL
The team started the season with ten games without a win, ten of their losses, before their first win coming over Lobi stars in February.
Five wins (as at the time of this writing) in 36 games is wretched, to say the least, the team won just one point away from home all season scoring just 3 goals and conceding 37 goals in 18 games.
At home Adamawa United we weren’t spectacular either with just 24 points, 17 goals, and 14 conceded at home. All their 5 wins came from home with nine draws.
However, let’s see how and where Adamawa United ranks among the worst teams in the NPFL in recent previous seasons.
Yobe Desert Stars
Points – 15
Yobe Desert Stars had a pretty deserted 2019 season even though it was for a short period. After a disrupted 2018 season, the LMC adopted an abridged version of the league.
However, with just 22 games to play in group A of the regular season, Yobe Desert Stars were worse than Remo Stars who also finished bottom of the log in group B.
The team had 15 points all season and all 15 points came from 11 home games scoring 8 and conceding 7 goals. Their away form was way worse with 0 points recorded 3 goals scored and 7 conceded on the road.
Their previous appearance in the top flight was in 2001 albeit they got relegated immediately with just 11 wins in 34 games.
Points – 28 points
Now defunct Nembe City spent less than four seasons in existence but it was pretty controversy-loaded and filled three seasons.
After replicating Gabros international’s feat of promoting to the top flight in their first year, their participation in the NPL was scuttled by failure to meet the requirements set out by the League Management Company.
After they were allowed to join the League, the team managed to retain their NPFL status for one more season but in the 2014 season, they never took off from the bottom of the league as they recorded the lowest points in the NPFL history and the highest goals conceded in a single season with 73 goals.
One of their most memorable games included a 6-0 thrashing against a now-defunct Dolphins with Emem Eduok scoring all 6, the highest by any individual player in a single NPFL game.
Points – 29 points
Unfortunately, one of the most organized private teams on the country has never had it rosy in the top flight.
Twice Remo Stars have been promoted and twice they have been relegated immediately. While 2019 was worse based on points won, it was an abridged version.
2017 was controversially poor for Remo Stars on their debut in the top flight winning just 26 points from its total 29 points coming from home.
The Sagamu based team couldn’t win any game away from home with just 3 points from 18 away games played. Remo stars could return to the top flight next season as they sit in promotion places in the NNL.
Points – 32
The Jos University Teaching Hospital funded team is now defunct but boy was they poor as far back as 2011.
29 points at home were the best they could gather with seven more coming from away matches relegating them into the NNL where they continued their dismal outing.
The team was disbanded in 2013 due to a lack of funds putting an end to their 35-year existence although they are remembered for producing Ahmed Musa and Uche Agbo amongst others.
Points – 32
Another team which is now defunct after a terrible topflight run. Ikorodu United was a darling of its fan base but after they were banished to Abeokuta for the rest of their games in 2016, the team barely survived.
With a Dutch technical director and the presence of former Super Eagles international like Ike Shorunmu and Peter Rufai, Ikorodu United was relegated in 2016 with 32 points.
I’m not sure this is meant for me.
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