Kwara United Football Club is an Ilorin-based Nigerian football club. They compete in Nigeria’s highest flight, the Nigeria Professional Football League, having been promoted from the Nigeria National League in 2017. The Kwara State Stadium is their home stadium.
The Kwara Water Corporation Football Club founded the club in 1974. It was planned to be a private club for Water Corporation employees. The club’s scope was expanded as a result of its successes and depth of talent, and by 1979, it had qualified to play in the National League second tier with First Bank F.C. of Lagos. In the same year, the club reached the quarter-finals of the Football Association Cup (also known as the Challenge Cup), where they were defeated 2–1 by Benin’s Bendel Insurance football club. The club’s name was changed to Kwara Utility Bombers of Ilorin in 1985 after the parent corporation’s name was changed to Kwara Utility Board. At the end of the season, it was demoted to division three.
The club changed its name to Kwara Bombers football club of Ilorin after the parent firm stopped funding the squad in 1990. It went through financial difficulties, which led to her demotion to division three in 1996. The new state government, commanded by Colonel Peter Asum Ogar, purchased the Exide Club of Ibadan in March 1997, relocated them to Ilorin, and placed them in the Second Division. Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin was named by Ogar.
After finishing third in the 2006 Super Four play-off behind Ocean Boys and Nasarawa United FC, the club qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup in 2007.
Roger Palmgren and Johan Eriksson (son of former England and Mexico manager Sven-Göran Eriksson) were on the coaching staff for the 2006–07 season. Following the death of Technical Adviser Kafaru Alabi on January 8, 2008, the squad was coached by former players Toyin Ayinla, Tunde Sanni, and Aliyu Muzambilu (goalkeeper trainer). However, on the last day of the 2007/08 season, they were demoted from the Premier League due to goal differential. The next year, as Division 1-A Champions, they were promoted back to the top division.
After being relegated in 2013, they were promoted again in 2014. After their last game against Ranchers Bees in Kaduna was called off with 28 minutes remaining and the score level at 2–2, Kwara played again at a neutral site, requiring a win and three points to leapfrog Ranchers for promotion. When Bees’ players attacked the referee and team personnel encroached on the pitch, the replay was called off once more. The League found Bees to be at fault, punished the club, and granted Kwara United the victory, ensuring them promotion.