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Niger
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Mena
Association Fédération Nigerienne
de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Dan Anghelescu
Home stadium Stade Général Seyni Kountché
FIFA code NIG
FIFA ranking 163
Highest FIFA ranking 68 (November 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 196 (August 2002)
Elo ranking 140
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Nigeria Nigeria 1 - 0 Niger Niger
(Senegal; April 11, 1963)
Biggest win
Niger Niger 7 - 1 Mauritania Mauritania
(Niamey, Niger; October 12, 1990)
Biggest defeat
Niger Niger 1 - 9 Ghana Ghana
(Niger; September 21, 1969)

The Niger national football team, nicknamed the Mena, is the national team of Niger and is controlled by the Fédération Nigerienne de Football. A member of CAF, it is one of its weakest teams.

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History

Although one of the weaker sides in the strong West Africa region, Niger has produced a couple of noteworthy runs in qualifying tournaments.

One of their best performances was in the 1982 World Cup qualifiers, in which Niger eliminated Somalia and Togo on away goals, but were beaten by Algeria in the third round where only 8 teams were left. Notable players in this run included Jacques Komlan, Hassane Adamou and Moussa Kanfideni.

In the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifiers, Niger won all their home games (including a win over Guinea) to finish on 9 points, just 3 short of qualification.

The Niger squad is also plagued by financial concerns, which have caused them to withdraw from international tournaments on more than one occasion. The Niger FA has turned to supporter's fundraising to pay for their trip to the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola, if they qualify.[1]

In June 2008, the Romanian coach Dan Anghelescu[2] took over the as team manager from Hamey Amadou, who was dismissed from the coaching position. Anghelescu has an impressive resume, he has been coaching in Africa since 1999, training teams from Algeria, Tunisia and Burkina Faso.

World Cup record

On 19 dec 2008, Romanian coach Dan Anghelescu's reign as national team boss was over. He had a disastrous 6 month spell. Current Niger U-17 coach Frederic Costa has been appointed the new head coach of the Niger national side.

African Nations Cup record

  • 1957 to 1968 - Did not enter
  • 1970 - Did not qualify
  • 1972 - Did not qualify
  • 1974 - Withdrew
  • 1976 - Did not qualify
  • 1978 - Withdrew
  • 1980 - Withdrew
  • 1982 - Did not enter
  • 1984 - Did not qualify
  • 1986 to 1990 - Did not enter
  • 1992 - Did not qualify
  • 1994 - Did not qualify
  • 1996 - Withdrew during qualifying
  • 1998 - Disqualified for withdrawing in 1996
  • 2000 to 2010 - Did not qualify

Current squad

The following players were called for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Angola on October 12, 2008.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Kassaly Daouda August 19, 1983 Romania Rapid Bucharest
2 DF Karim Oumarou Novemver 12 1985 Niger Sahel SC
3 DF Hassane Modi October 18 1984 Niger Sahel SC
4 DF Amadou Kader April 5, 1989 Niger Olympic FC
5 MF Lassina Abdoul Karim May 20, 1987 Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
6 MF Idrissa Laouali November 9, 1979 Burkina Faso ASFA Yennenga
7 FW Ouwo Moussa Maazou August 25, 1988 Russia CSKA Moscow
8 DF Karim Paraiso March 30 1980 Niger AS-FNIS
9 FW Saidou Idrissa December 24, 1985 Burkina Faso Etoile Filante Ouagadougou
10 MF Lawaly Mamane May 4 1975 Niger Sahel SC
11 FW Alhassane Issoufou January 1, 1981 Morocco FUS Rabat
12 FW Souleymane Dela Sacko Captain sports.svg August 1 1977 Burkina Faso Etoile Filante Ouagadougou
13 DF Chikoto Mohamed 28 February 1976 Niger Sahel SC
14 FW Hamidou Djibo March 8, 1988 Algeria ES Setif
15 DF Ismaël Alassane April 3, 1984 Nigeria Enyimba International F.C.
16 GK Rabo Saminou August 23, 1979 Nigeria Enyimba International F.C.
17 DF Abdoul Aziz Hamza May 6, 1982 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
18 MF Frankele Traore September 9, 1981 Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
20 DF Noel Djondang January 1, 1988 Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
21 MF Pascal Anicet March 27, 1983 Niger AS-FNIS
22 DF Moussa Ouwo May 29, 1976 Burkina Faso AS Sonabel
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Recent call-ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
14 Emanuel Amokou (WCQ v. Ughanda, 7 September)
9 FW Daouda Kamilou December 29, 1987 Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
12 Abdoulaziz Balla
18 Emaniel Djibril Dankawa (WCQ v. Uganda, 7 September)
6 Tllia Abdou (WCQ v. Benin, 22 June)
8 MF Abdoul Aziz Didi (WCQ v. Benin, 22 June)
10 Alpha Djibo (WCQ v. Benin, 22 June)
14 Ousseini Mahamadou (WCQ v. Benin, 22 June) Niger Sahel SC
8 MF Harouna Ide Loga (v. Benin on June 14)
11 Amadou Bouzou (v. Benin on June 14)
17 FW Jimmy Bulus October 22, 1986 Algeria NA Hussein Dey
5 Abdoul Moussa (v. Angola on June 8)
8 MF Hamadou Hamza (v. Ugunda on September 7)
10 Boubacar Idrissa (v. Angola on June 8)
11 Yaou Dan Jouma (v. Angola on June 8)
14 FW Issoufou Idrissa (v. Uganda on September 7) December 13, 1976 United States Newman Jets
18 Koffi Dan Kowa (v. Angola on June 8) Niger Sahel SC
19 Naso Lahi
15 Mahamadou Oumarou
18 Moussa Mallam

References


Simple English

Niger
Association Fédération Nigerienne de Football
Confederation CAF
Coach Dan Anghelescu
World Cup
Appearances 0

Niger national football team is the national football team of Niger.


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