Club Profile

Jigawa Golden Stars

Ahmadu Bello Stadium
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Club History
Founded in 1992, Jigawa Golden Stars Football Club has had an on and off presence in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) though it started from the lower rungs to eventually fly its first flag in the top flight in 2007. From inception and due to the poor structure of the home ground, Hadeija Stadium, Jigawa Golden Stars played their home matches at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano until 2007. A creation of Jigawa State and based in Dutse, the state capital, the club made an impression on the football nation when from a lower division, it made it all the way to the Nigeria Cup finals in 1995, barely three years after its founding. That performance saw the club representing Nigeria in the regional West African Football Union (WAFU) competition in 1996. Nicknamed, the Badaru Boys after a former state Governor, Jigawa Golden Stars got a license to play in the Nigerian Professional Division 1 League from 2000 and 2002 before they were relegated. They were again promoted to the NPFL, known then as the Nigeria Premier League in 2008, playing just one season before dropping to the lower league again. 2011 saw the club back in the NPFL only to go down again the following season where they remained until the 2019/20 season when it returned to the NPFL and has stayed. The Club will be playing their second successive seasons in the NPFL 2020/2021 season. Carved out of Kano State, home state of NPFL giants, Kano Pillars, matches between the two sides have evolved to a derby of sorts just as clashes with neighbors, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi. In its over three decades, Jigawa Golden Stars have produced a good number of fine and famous players some of who went on to play for the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles. Topping the list include Yusuf Mohammed, Afam Onyekachi and Samuel Kalu. There are others who have played for the junior national teams and for top teams in Europe and elsewhere including Daniel Chimachukwu.
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