Ever wondered about the most expensive Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) exports in recent years?
Every professional football club desirous of winning laurels at the end of a campaign, conscientiously efforts are made by the club’s hierarchy to beef up their existing squad with new quality players ahead of a new season.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) obviously has its own negative stories that comes with the league season in, season out, however, there are also several good stories that comes out from the league and amongst the stories are the transfer of NPFL players moving abroad.
NPFL Most Expensive Exports In Recent Years
Anayo Iwuala – (Enyimba – Esperance, €500k)
Tunisia giant Esperance completed the signing of Enyimba nimble winger Anayo Iwuala in 2021, after two years with the People’s Elephant who seen as one of best Nigeria Professional Football League club in the last decade.
The Lagos born player began his professional career in 2018 with Kada City before heading to Delta Force, where he was signed by the Aba giants thanks to his impressive performances for both Kada City and Delta Force which caught the fancy of Enyimba.
After joining the Blood & Gold, Anayo was handed a three year contract that will make him remain at the Stade Olympique de Rades until 2024 and also as one of the most expensive NPFL exports to foreign leagues in recent years.
Kingsley Sokari – (Enyimba – CS Sfaxien, €500k)
In 2015 another great Tunisian club CS Sfaxien signed one of the best midfielder in the Nigeria Professional Football League from Enyimba.
Sokari, a quality attacking midfielder who has featured for Nigeria both at U20 and U23 levels was signed by the Tunisian club in 2015 for a whopping €500k, having shown the kind of quality he’s got as a professional player.
He won’t be the first player from the NPFL that will be moving to the Tunisian top-flight league, however, his move up north is one of the most expensive deal for a player who his moving from the NPFL to other leagues.
Godfrey Oboabona – (Sunshine Stars – Caykur Rizespor, €500k)
Oboabona was the toast of every loving Nigerian football fans back in 2013, especially for his role at the African Cup of Nations where the Super Eagles conquered the continent to lift their third AFCON trophy under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi.
Following his performance that AFCON edition he became the toast of every European clubs, with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs reported to be interested in signing the then Sunshine Stars defender.
After all of the hype and rumors about Oboabona joining either the Gunners or Tottenham Hotspurs in 2013, eventually it was the Turkish side Caykur Rizespor who got to signed the former Nigeria international.
The Black Sea side are based in the Turkish city of Rize, on the country’s Northern Coast with a population of over 100,000 as at then and with a stadium which capacity is just 15,000.
Stephen Odey – (MFM – FC Zurich, €400k)
Former MFM star Stephen Odey became the third Nigerian to feature for FC Zurich after Ike Shorunmu and the late goal master Rasheed Yekini when he put pen to paper in 2017.
Odey was MFM FC’s top scorer in the 2016 NPFL league campaign with nine goals, before upping the ante the following season with 18 to emerge as the league’s second highest scorer.
His impressive form and performance was there for top European clubs to see, and as such that caught the attention of FC Zurich who went on to sign the Nigeria international in a deal that makes him one of the most expensive NPFL exports in recent years.
Uche Kalu – (Enyimba – Caykur Rizespor, €400k)
With the numbers of NPFL players that has moved from the Nigeria league to a foreign land, Enyimba seems to be one of the major club the foreign team loves to buy from been the most successful team in Nigeria and with the kind of quality players they often parade.
As one of Enyimba’s former player Uche Kalu joined the Turkish side in 2013 following his brilliant run of form with the Abia giant.
Uche Kalu first joined Rizespor on loan from Enyimba where he scored nine goals for the Black Sea, before the management of the club decided to signed him permanently having impressed the coaching staff.