Enyimba Football Club or simply known as Enyimba, is a Nigerian football club based in the city of Aba which plays in the Nigerian Professional Football League. Their name means People’s Elephant in Igbo language and is also the nickname used for the city of Aba. Founded in 1976, the club rose to prominence in the 2000s and is considered the most successful Nigerian football club as they won two African Champions League titles, nine Nigerian championships and four Federation Cups since 2001. Their most-recent league glory came in the 2022–23 season.
The club was founded as a state-owned club in November 1976 by Jerry Amadi Enyeazu, who was the first Director for Sports in the newly-established Imo State, a province in southeast Nigeria. In August 1991, Imo State was divided further and Abia State was created from the part of Imo which included the city of Aba, Enyimba’s hometown, so the new state government took over as owners of Enyimba.
Aba City, the home of Enyimba FC is located in the southeast of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.
The city lies along the west bank of the Aba River and is served by an ancient railway that was built by the British in the 1900s.
The building of the railway which runs to Port Harcourt made Aba a collection point for agricultural products.
With a population of around 2.5million people, Aba city is the most populous city in the South Eastern Nigeria.
The city benefits from the availability of oil wells and natural gas deposits.It hosts the second largest market in Nigeria-the Ariaria International market and is also famous for its handicrafts.
The city is a major hub for road transport in the region as a large number of companies operate from their daily to other parts of the country.
For visitors, the Aba Museum will be of interest to visit. Its artifacts and artworks tell a story of the various traditions and cultures.
The Enyimba International Stadium also serves as a tourist attraction.