Niger Tornadoes players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Niger Tornadoes players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Lewis Injai
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM

Niger Tornadoes as a club is a true embodiment of resilience. Over the years, the Niger-state-based club has faced many challenges, but it has managed to stay on top, leading to its almost cult-like following amongst its fans. Niger Tornadoes players are taking the scene by storm!

Niger Tornadoes
Photo: (modified by author)
Source: UGC

Based in the city of Minna, which is the capital of the Niger State, in this article, we are going to take a look at Niger Tornadoes. Join us as we discuss its current squad, its owner, home stadium, coach, trophies it has won so far, current rankings, and much more.

Niger Tornadoes profile summary

  • Full name: Niger Tornadoes
  • Nickname: Ikon Allah
  • Founded: 1977
  • Based in: Minna, Niger State
  • Owned by: Niger State Government.
  • Niger Tornadoes Coach: Hamza Abara
  • League: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
  • Stadium: Bako Kontagora
  • Stadium Capacity: 5,000
  • Niger Tornadoes Instagram: @nigertornadoesfc
  • Niger Tornadoes Twitter: @NigerTornadoes

Niger Tornadoes history

Since its founding in 1977, the team has enjoyed immense support from its local government of Niger-State. But just like every other team without solid corporate support, it had its fair share of financial difficulties, which led to players complaining of unpaid salaries and bonuses.

Despite the troubles they have faced, the team has had success in the second-tier and domestic leagues. They are two-time champions of the Nigeria National League, a second division league they have won in 1996 and 2015. In 2000 they were the winners of the AITEO cup, an equivalent of England's FA cup.

However, in Nigeria's Professional Football League (NPFL), the team is not a strong contender. After avoiding relegation on almost three occasions, they were finally relegated in 2012. Through hard work, persistence, and considerable fan base support, they were promoted in 2015 after winning Nigeria's National League.

Niger Tornadoes' players
Ikon Allah boys during one of the training sessions at their facilities. Photo: @NigerTornadoes
Source: Twitter

Niger Tornadoes owner

The team is owned by the Niger state government, which through its Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has appointed a management committee headed by Hon. Adamu Aliyu Mohammed.

Niger Tornadoes stadium

Currently, the team plays all its home matches at Minna Municipal stadium, otherwise known as Bako Kontagora Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 5000 to 7000, and there are plans by the local government to expand its capacity to a 30,000 seater.

Niger Tornadoes players

Below is the Ikon Allah boys Squad list for the 2021/22 season:


  • Melai Terkaa
  • Mustapha Aliko
  • Edwin Nwakama
  • Kazeem Yakeen


  • Reuben Ogbonnaya
  • Afolabi Abiodun
  • Emannuel Ambrose
  • Sunday Akinmoladun
  • Bashar Usman
  • James Iko Martins
  • Mohammed Sani Rabiu
  • Ibrahim Ikhide Idele
  • Gabriel Jeremiah
  • Lawal Shittu
  • Adeshina Abdulateef
  • Uchechukwu Mba


  • Bolaji Adeyemo
  • Iliyasu Isayaku
  • Aliyu Dahiru
  • Wilfred Angel Ammeh
  • Peter momoh
  • Lucas Yahaya
  • Solomon Owello
  • Saidu Bala
  • Yakubu Auta.


  • Jesse Jadima Akila
  • Hussain Isah
  • Abubakar Ibrahim Babawo
  • Wakili Musa Abdullahi
  • Samuel Agba
  • Sadiq Suleiman
  • Muhammed Abubakar

To remain competitive and be on top of its game, the team has a high-performance mark for its players, which has seen the management replace a considerable number of its players on two occasions. In 2015 it reportedly dropped 11 of its team players, and in 2018 it replaced 12 players.

Likewise, the team has produced players who have reached legendary status; an example is Sibi Gwar, the top scorer for the NPFL during the 2012 season.

Niger Tornadoes' players
Ikon Allah boys' goalkeeper, aka shot-stopper displaying his exemplary skills at their training facility. Photo: @nigertornadoesfc
Source: Instagram

Who is Niger Tornadoes captain?

The current captain for the Ikon Allah boys is the defender Sunday Akinmoladun.

Sunday Akinmoladun's profile summary

  • Name: Sunday Akinmoladun
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Age: 25 in 2022
  • Position: Defender

Ikon Allah's coach

Niger Tornadoes has had several coaches over the years, but its current coach is Abubakar Bala, who is back at the team for a second time after being sacked in 2018 and re-hired in 2019.

What are Niger Tornadoes achievements and trophies?

From almost being relegated, having administrative challenges to finally being relegated, the team has suffered its fair share of setbacks, but through resilience, strategizing their gameplay, and persistence, the Ikon Allah boys, have always managed to emerge victorious in the end.

Below are some of its achievements throughout time.

Niger Tornadoes' players owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings.
Some of Niger Tornadoes' achievements (Modified by author)
Source: UGC

Niger Tornadoes Instagram

The team has a solid media support team and is very active on social media. As of February 2022, it has an official Instagram account under the handle @nigertornadoesfc with over 3k followers. It is also found on Twitter, with its official handle being @NigerTornadoes with over 10k followers.

Where are Niger Tornadoes in the rankings?

After winning the NNL Super 8 late last year, the Ikon Allah started the NFPL 2021/22 were off to a slow start but have since gained momentum. They are currently sitting in the 17th position in the NFPL with 8 points.

It is evident the Niger Tornadoes players have come very far and endured a lot. Due to its recent performance at NNL Super 8 and its versatile players to its squad, we can say that Ikon Allah is a team to watch out for in 2022.

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