Nasarawa United Football Club is a soccer club based in Lafia, Nasarawa. They play in the Nigeria Premier League.
After the Nasarawa government took over Gombe’s Black Stars FC, the team was created in 2003. In 2004–05, they entered the Nigerian Premier League. Their stadium, Lafia Township Stadium, can hold 5,000 people. Solid Miners is the club’s nickname.
During the 2008–09 season, the club had financial difficulties that one player characterized as putting them “on the point of hunger.” On March 7, after a 1–1 home draw with the Niger Tornadoes, Supporters at home rioted and even followed the Tornadoes to their hotel, where they were assaulted. With three games remaining, the club was assigned to play in Ibadan for the remainder of the season, ensuring relegation to the Nigerian National League. The team’s 2009–10 season was challenged by a debt of 46 million naira (about $300,000).
The debt was allegedly 58 million naira ($387,000) at the halfway point of the season, and the squad had to miss 16 games owing to its perilous financial situation. With a 1–0 win against Mighty Jets on April 24, they were able to return to the pitch after a five-month suspension was removed. After winning their league, they were promoted back to the Premier League in 2012.