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NIGERIA FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed Super Eagles or previously Green Eagles, is the national team representing Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). During April 1994, Super Eagles ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest ranking achieved by an African football team. They are the current Africa Cup of Nations champions. They have won the Africa Cup of Nations a total of 3 times, and have reached the FIFA World Cup round of 16 twice. They have qualified for five of the last six World Cups, with their first appearance coming in the United States in 1994.Nigeria is currently ranked 36th in the FIFA World Rankings. After playing other colonies in unofficial games since the 1930s, Nigeria played its first official game in October 1949, while still a British colony. The team played warm up games in England against various amateur teams like Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop Auckland and South Liverpool. The team's first major success was a gold medal in the 2nd All-Africa games, with 3rd place finishes in the 1976 and 1978 African Cup of Nations to follow. In 1980 the team had such players as Leyton Orient's John Chiedozie and Tunji Banjo, and the Muda Lawal / Christian Chukwu-led Super Eagles won the Cup for the first time in Lagos. In 1984 and 1988, Nigeria reached the Cup of Nations final, losing both times to Cameroon. Three of the four African titles won by Cameroon have been won by defeating Nigeria. Missing out to Cameroon on many occasions has created an intense rivalry between both nations. Two notable occasions; narrowly losing out on qualification for the 1990 World Cup and then the controversial final of the 2000 African Cup of Nations where a goal scored by Victor Ikpeba during a penalty shoot out was disallowed by the referee.

 

NIGERIA FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current Club  M S G
Agbim, Chigozie 1984-11-28 Goalkeeper   Gombe United 7 0 0 0 0 0
Ejide, Austin 1984-04-08 Goalkeeper   Hapoel Be'er-Sheva 1 1 0 0 0 0
Enyeama, Vincent 1982-08-29 Goalkeeper   Lille OSC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Egwuekwe, Azubuike 1989-07-16 Defender   Warri Wolves 8 1 0 0 0 0
Kunle, Odunlami 1990-03-05 Centre Back   Sunshine Stars Akure 8 0 0 0 0 0
Ogonna, Uzochukwu 1992-11-03 Defender   Enugu Rangers International 6 1 2 0 0 0
Kwambe, Solomon 1993-09-30 Defender   Sunshine Stars Akure 6 0 0 0 0 0
Shehu, Abdullahi 1993-03-12 Centre Back   Kano Pillars 5 1 0 0 0 0
Esieme, Bright 1992-10-04 Centre Back   Enyimba Aba 4 0 0 0 0 0
Benjamin, Francis 1985-05-08 Defender   Heartland Owerri 3 0 0 0 0 0
Echiejile, Elderson 1988-01-20 Left Back   AS Monaco 2 0 0 0 0 0
Obanor, Erhun 1995-09-05 Defender   Bendel Insurance Benin City 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ambrose, Efe 1988-10-18 Centre Back   Celtic Glasgow 1 1 0 0 0 0
Oboabona, Godfrey 1990-08-16 Centre Back   Çaykur Rizespor 1 0 0 0 0 0
Omeruo, Kenneth 1993-10-17 Centre Back   Middlesbrough FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Yobo, Joseph 1980-09-06 Centre Back   Norwich City 1 0 0 0 0 0
Zango, Umar 1985-11-10 Centre Back   Kano Pillars 0 4 0 0 0 0
Balogun, Leon 1988-06-28 Right Back   Fortuna Düsseldorf 0 1 0 0 0 0
Uzoenyi, Ejike 1988-03-23 Midfielder   Enugu Rangers International 7 1 3 0 0 0
Ali, Rabiu 1980-09-27 Attacking Midfielder   Kano Pillars 6 1 3 0 0 0
Aliyu, Abubakar Ibrahim 1993-01-17 Midfielder   Nasarawa United Lafia 4 1 1 0 0 0
Ikenna, Paul 1990-10-13 Midfielder   Sunshine Stars Akure 2 0 0 0 0 0
Moses, Victor 1990-12-12 Midfielder   Liverpool FC 1 1 0 0 0 0
Gabriel, Reuben 1990-09-25 Defensive Midfielder   RS Waasland - Beveren 1 0 0 0 0 0
Obi, John Mikel 1987-04-22 Defensive Midfielder   Chelsea FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Obi, Joel 1991-05-22 Centre Midfielder   Parma FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Onazi, Ogenyi 1992-12-25 Centre Midfielder   Lazio Roma 1 0 0 0 0 0
Igiebor, Nosa 1990-11-09 Attacking Midfielder   Real Betis Sevilla 0 1 0 0 0 0
Azeez, Ramón 1992-12-12 Centre Midfielder   UD Almería 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ede, Ifeanyi 1990-12-05 Striker   Enyimba Aba 6 0 3 0 0 0
Salami, Gbolahan 1991-04-15 Centre Forward   Shooting Stars SC Ibadan 3 2 1 0 0 0
Uchebo, Michael 1990-09-27 Right Winger   Cercle Brugge 2 0 1 0 0 0
Imenger, Barnabas 1991-11-24 Centre Forward   Lobi Stars Makurdi 1 4 1 0 0 0
Pyagbara, Dumte Christian 1996-03-13 Striker   Port Harcourt Sharks 1 3 0 0 0 0
Obiozor, Christian 1994-10-31 Striker   Enugu Rangers International 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ameobi, Shola 1981-10-12 Centre Forward   Newcastle United 1 0 0 0 0 0
Babatunde, Michel 1992-12-24 Left Winger   Volyn Lutsk 1 0 0 0 0 0
Emenike, Emmanuel 1987-05-10 Centre Forward   Fenerbahçe İstanbul 1 0 0 0 0 0
Musa, Ahmed 1992-10-14 Right Winger   CSKA Moskva 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nwofor, Uche 1991-09-17 Centre Forward   SC Heerenveen 0 1 1 0 0 0
Ezekiel, Imoh 1993-10-24 Centre Forward   Standard Liège 0 1 0 0 0 0
Obinna, Victor 1987-03-25 Left Winger   Chievo Verona 0 1 0 0 0 0
Odemwingie, Peter 1981-07-15 Right Winger   Stoke City 0 1 0 0 0 0
Oduamadi, Nnamdi 1990-10-17 Right Winger   Brescia Calcio 0 1 0 0 0 0
Obaje, Joshua 1990-04-01 Striker   Warri Wolves 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

 
Year Host(s) Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930  URU Did not enter
1934  ITA
1938  FRA
1950  BRA
1954   SWI
1958  SWE
1962  CHI Did not qualify
1966  ENG Withdrew[n 1][10]
1970  MEX Did not qualify
1974  FRG
1978  ARG
1982  ESP
1986  MEX
1990  ITA
1994  USA Round of 16 1st in
group
4 2 0 2 7 4
1998  FRA 1st in
group
4 2 0 2 6 9
2002  KOR and  JPN Group Stage 4th in
group
3 0 1 2 1 3
2006  GER Did not qualify
2010  RSA Group Stage 4th in
group
3 0 1 2 3 5
2014  BRA Qualified
2018  RUS To be decided
2022  QAT To be decided
World Cup total 14 4 2 8 17 21


 

NIGERIAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

 
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Joseph Yobo 95 7 2001–
2 Vincent Enyeama 89 0 2002–
3 Nwankwo Kanu 86 13 1994–2011
4 Mudashiru Lawal 82 11 1975–1985
5 Jay-Jay Okocha 73 14 1993–2006
6 Finidi George 62 6 1991–2002
7 Stephen Keshi 60 9 1981–1994
8 Peter Rufai 59 1 1981–1998
= Peter Odemwingie 59 10 2002–
10 Yakubu Aiyegbeni 58 21 2000–2012
= Rashidi Yekini 58 37 1983–1998
= John Obi Mikel 58 4 2006–

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

 
# Player Goals Caps Goals ratio Career
1 Rashidi Yekini 37 58 0.64 1983–1998
2 Segun Odegbami 22 47 0.47 1976–1981
3 Yakubu Aiyegbeni 21 58 0.36 2000–2012
4 Obafemi Martins 18 40 0.45 2004–
= Ikechukwu Uche 18 44 0.41 2007–
6 Julius Aghahowa 14 31 0.45 2000–2007
= Asuquo Ekpe 14 unk unk 1960–1965
= Jay-Jay Okocha 14 73 0.19 1993–2006
= Thompson Usiyan 14 unk unk 1976–1981
10 Daniel Amokachi 13 46 0.28 1990–1999
= Nwankwo Kanu 13 86 0.15 1994–2011
= Victor Obinna 13 48 0.27 2006–
= Sunday Oyarekhua 13 30 0.42 1971–1976
= Samson Siasia 13 46 0.28 1984–1998

 

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