Plateau United players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Plateau United players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at April 22, 2024 at 9:03 AM

Most of the Plateau United players have risen to become some of the greatest players in the world. Did you know the famous Celestine Babayaro and Obi Mikel started as Plateau United players? The lads later rose to grace big clubs like Chelsea and Newcastle United. The team has set up its standards by representing Nigeria in international tournaments.

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The team that was founded 47 years ago is still the hub of great future players, clinching different trophies in Nigerian leagues.

Club summary

  • Full name: Plateau United Football Club of Jos
  • Nickname: Tin City Boys
  • Coach: Fidelis Ilechukwu
  • Current League: Nigerian Professional Football League
  • Founded: 1975
  • Ground: New Jos Stadium Jos, Nigeria
  • Owners: Plateau State Government
  • Chairman: Pius Henwan
  • Manager: Abdu Maikaba
  • Colours: Yellow/Green/White
  • Facebook: Plateau Utd FC
  • Twitter: @plateau_united

Plateau United players

The club comprises of 42 players, with some of them also being key players for the Super Eagles. The following names have been selected as Plateau United players:


  • Anozie Chinedu
  • Dele Ajiboye
  • Abiodun Akande
  • Adamu Mohammed Abubakar
  • Silas Panshak


  • Elisha Golbe
  • Ibeh Johnson
  • Peter Clinton
  • Bitrus Wash
  • John Dangha
  • Aminu Usman
  • Ibrahim Buhari
  • Andrew Ikefe
  • Austine Opara
  • Daniel Itodo
  • Zulkifilu Rabiu
  • Eric Oguocha
  • Mike Zaruma


  • Damian Longmiap
  • Saheed Jubril
  • Klinshak Longbak
  • Victor Arikpo Eteng
  • Isah Ndala
  • Benjamin Turba
  • Otakho Alex Aghahowa
  • Silas Nenrot
  • Charles Henlong
  • Sunday Anthony
  • Samuel Mathias


  • Ibrahim Babawo
  • Jesse Akila
  • Jackson Daniel
  • Amos Gyang
  • Kabir Umar
  • Adamu Abubakar
  • Reuben Bala
  • Moses Effiong
  • Izuchukwu Chimezie
  • Aliko Bala
  • Wasiu Jimoh
  • Abdulrahman Bashir

Plateau United FC achievements

After losing in the 1993 and 1998 finals, the club won the Nigeria Cup in 1999, being their first-ever silverware. The game ended in a 1-0 final victory over Iwuanyanwu Nationale, with the only goal scored by Donatus Iloka. They later appeared in a continental game for the first time in 2000 but got eliminated after their first tie.

The Tin City Boys got promoted in the 2010–11 season to the Nigeria premier league but were later relegated back the next year. Led by coach Kennedy Boboye, the team rose back in 2015 and won the Nigerian Professional Football League for the first time in 2017.

Plateau United players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings
Fidelis Ilechukwu advising his team during the match against Abia Warriors FC. Photo: @plateau_united
Source: Twitter

Plateau United FC stadium

The Tin City Boys host their home games at Jos International Stadium. This is a multi-use stadium in Jos, Plateau, with a capacity of 44,000 spectators.

Plateau United owner

Plateau United is owned by the Plateau State Government. The state is the twelfth largest and is located at the heart of the country.

Tin City Boys’ coach

Fidelis Ilechukwu was hired by the club ahead of the 2021-2022 campaign. Joining from Heartland, he took over from Abdul-Maikaba, who was at the club for two seasons. According to, Ilechukwu helped Heartland survive relegation despite being owed a backlog of salaries in the 2020-2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

The experienced coach is anticipating moving the club to a better position since they finished 9th last season.

Which trophies has Plateau United FC won?

The club has won different major trophies in its 46 years of existence. Some of the trophies include:

  • Nigerian Professional Football League: Winner 2017
  • 2020 Top of the table when the league was stopped due to COVID19
  • Nigerian FA Cup: Winner 1999
  • Nigerian FA Cup runners-up: 1993, 1998
  • Unity Preseason Tournament: Winner 2021

Plateau United legends

Plateau United have been a gate pass for many great footballers in Nigeria like Obi Mikel, who began his career at the club before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. Others include Celestine Babayaro, Christian Obodo, Victor Obinna, Sambo Choji and goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye.

Legends also include Patrick Mancha, Victor Wikadson, Harry Omokoh and Danjuma Isandu. The club has been graced by famous Coaches like Khadiri Ikhana, Abdu Maikaba and Kennedy Boboye, who led the club to the 2017’s historic NPFL title win.

Who is Plateau United's captain?

Daniel Itodo doubles as the first team left-back and squad’s captain. Itodo has played for Celtic and DSS before joining the Tin City Boys. The left-back is well known for his long balls. He was born on 14 December 1996 in Makurdi. Itodo played his international debut with the Super Eagles in 2018.

Plateau United FC history

Plateau United Football Club Jos was founded in 1975, and since then, they have developed through different stages in the Nigerian leagues. Since its inception, the club remained the Plateau State flag bearer in both Nigeria Premier League and the National League championship.

Social media presence

The team has been one of Nigeria’s favourites. This is evident from the number of followers on their social media handles like Facebook and Twitter. as well as at @plateauunitedfc, Plateau United FC's Instagram account.

Plateau United management

Abdul Maikaba was unveiled as the team’s Technical Adviser in October 2018. Later, Fidelis Ilechukwu joined as the head coach in august 2021 after Abdul-Maikaba’s two-season contract ended. Plateau United FC's net worth is not clearly known since the club is run by the government.

Plateau United FC world ranking

According to, Plateau United FC is ranked at number 628 worldwide, 49 in Africa and number 6 in Nigeria.

With the great players who have graced the club’s dugout, Tin City Boys is one of the most outstanding teams in Nigeria. The team has also represented Nigeria in CAF Champions League in 2018, 2020/21 whilst producing national football leaders like Obi Mikel, who was the Super Eagles captain.

The current coach and Plateau United FC's players are super motivated and are anticipating winning more in the near future. Their hard work is already visible since the team is currently at number three, having completed the last season at number nine.

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Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.