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Nigeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Super Eagles
Association Nigeria Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Sweden Lars Lagerbäck
Asst coach Sweden Roland Andersson
Captain Nwankwo Kanu
Most caps Mudashiru Lawal (86)
Top scorer Rashidi Yekini (37)
Home stadium Abuja Stadium
FIFA code NGA
FIFA ranking 15
Highest FIFA ranking 5 (April 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 82 (November 1999)
Elo ranking 28
Highest Elo ranking 14 (31 May 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 87 (27 December 1964)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Flag of British Colonial Nigeria.svg Nigeria 2 – 0 Sierra Leone Ng westafricasettlements.png
Freetown, Sierra Leone; (8 October 1949)
Biggest win
Flag of British Colonial Nigeria.svg Nigeria 10 – 1 Dahomey Flag of Benin.svg
(Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the Gold Coast.svg Gold Coast 7 – 0 Nigeria Flag of British Colonial Nigeria.svg
(Accra, Ghana; 1 June 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1994)
Best result Round of 16, 1994 and 1998
African Nations Cup
Appearances 16 (First in 1963)
Best result Winners, 1980 and 1994
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1995)
Best result 4th, 1995

The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). According to the FIFA World Rankings, Nigeria ranks 15th and holds the second highest place among the African nations behind Egypt (10th). Their highest position ever reached on the ranking was 5th in April 1994.

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History

After playing other colonies in unofficial games since the 1930s[2], Nigeria played their first official game in October 1949, while still a British colony. The team played warmup 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 1976 and 1978's 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 1990 World Cup and then the controversial final of the 2000 African Nations Cup where a goal scored by Victor Ikpeba during a penalty shoot out was disallowed by the referee[citation needed].

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1994 World Cup

Nigeria finally reached the World Cup for the first time in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. They were managed by Clemens Westerhof who is commonly considered to be the best coach to have ever led Nigeria. Nigeria topped their group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece[citation needed]. In their first game Nigeria defeated Bulgaria 3-0, lost to Argentina 1-2, and qualified for the second round after a 2-0 victory over Greece. In the second round Nigeria played Italy and took the lead with a goal from Amunike at 25 min. Nigeria were within one minute of qualifying for the Quarter finals of 1994 World Cup in the game against Italy but Roberto Baggio scored to take the game to extra time. He also scored the eventual winning goal[citation needed].

1998 World Cup

In 1998 Nigeria returned to the World Cup alongside Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. Optimism was high due to their manager Bora Milutinovc and the return of most 1994 squad members. In the final tournament Nigeria were drawn into group D with Spain, Bulgaria, Paraguay. Nigeria scored a major upset by defeating Spain 3-2 after coming back twice from being 1-0 and 2-1 down. The Eagles qualified for the second round with win against Bulgaria and loss to Paraguay[citation needed]. Their hopes of surpassing their 1994 performance was shattered after a 4-1 loss to Denmark.

2002 World Cup

The 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan, saw Nigeria again qualify with optimism. With a new squad and distinctive pastel green kits the Super Eagles were expected to build on their strong performances in the 2000 and 2002 African Cup of Nations[citation needed]. Nigeria were drawn into group F with powerhouses Sweden, Argentina, and England. They started their first game against Argentina with a strong defence and kept the first half scoreless. However in the 61st minute Gabriel Batistuta breached the Nigerian defense to put Argentina in the lead 1-0 and win the game. Nigeria's second game against Sweden saw them take the lead but later lose 2-1. There was little consolation when Nigeria drew 0-0 with England and bowed out in the first round[citation needed].

Nigeria missed out on qualification for the 2006 World Cup after finishing level on points in the qualification group with Angola, but having an inferior record in the matches between the sides[citation needed].

On 14 November, 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3-2 in Nairobi.[3]

African Nations Cup

Nigeria won the African Nations Cup twice (1980 and 1994). More recently they took third place at the 2002 African Nations Cup, the 2004 African Nations Cup, the 2006 African Nations Cup, and the 2010 African Nations Cup.

Achievements

1980, 1994
1973
1995
1990
Atlanta 1996[1]
Beijing 2008[1]

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1958 Did not enter
1962 Did not qualify
1966 Withdrew
1970 to 1990 Did not qualify
1994 Round of 16 9 4 2 0 2 7 4
1998 Round of 16 12 4 2 0 2 6 9
2002 Round 1 27 3 0 1 2 1 3
2006 Did not qualify
2010 Qualified
Total 3/18 11 4 1 6 14 16

Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 Did not qualify
1995 Fourth place 3 1 2 0 4 1
1997 to 2009 Did not qualify
Total 1/8 3 1 2 0 4 1

African Cup of Nations record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 2
Appearances: 16
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Third place Tunisia 1994 Champions
United Arab Republic 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Third place South Africa 1996 Withdrew from tournament
Ethiopia 1962 Withdrew from tournament Nigeria 1980 Champions Burkina Faso 1998 Disqualified for failure to participate in 1996
Ghana 1963 Round 1 Libya 1982 Round 1 GhanaNigeria 2000 Second place
Tunisia 1965 Did not qualify Côte d'Ivoire 1984 Second place Mali 2002 Third place
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify Egypt 1986 Did not qualify Tunisia 2004 Third place
Sudan 1970 Did not qualify Morocco 1988 Second place Egypt 2006 Third place
Cameroon 1972 Did not qualify Algeria 1990 Second place Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals
Egypt 1974 Did not qualify Senegal 1992 Third place Angola 2010 Third place

Current squad

The following players were called in for the 2010 African Cup of Nations. Caps/goals correct as of March 3 2010

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Vincent Enyeama 29 August 1982 (1982-08-29) (age 27) 50 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
23 GK Dele Aiyenugba 20 November 1983 (1983-11-20) (age 26) 7 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda
12 GK Austin Ejide 8 April 1984 (1984-04-08) (age 25) 13 0 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
3 DF Taye Taiwo 16 April 1985 (1985-04-16) (age 24) 31 7 France Marseille
5 DF Obinna Nwaneri 18 March 1982 (1982-03-18) (age 27) 34 1 Switzerland Sion
6 DF Danny Shittu 2 September 1980 (1980-09-02) (age 29) 22 0 England Bolton Wanderers
22 DF Onyekachi Apam 30 December 1986 (1986-12-30) (age 23) 12 0 France Nice
21 DF Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé 20 January 1988 (1988-01-20) (age 22) 9 0 France Rennes
2 DF Joseph Yobo 6 September 1980 (1980-09-06) (age 29) 66 4 England Everton
17 DF Chidi Odiah 17 December 1983 (1983-12-17) (age 26) 20 1 Russia CSKA Moscow
19 DF Yusuf Mohamed 5 November 1983 (1983-11-05) (age 26) 12 0 Switzerland Sion
10 MF Mikel John Obi 22 April 1987 (1987-04-22) (age 22) 34 2 England Chelsea
15 MF Sani Kaita 2 May 1986 (1986-05-02) (age 23) 15 0 Russia Alania Vladikavkaz
14 MF Seyi Olofinjana 30 June 1980 (1980-06-30) (age 29) 23 0 England Hull City
13 MF Ayila Yussuf 4 November 1984 (1984-11-04) (age 25) 20 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
20 MF Dickson Etuhu 8 June 1982 (1982-06-08) (age 27) 9 0 England Fulham
16 FW Kalu Uche 15 November 1982 (1982-11-15) (age 27) 18 2 Spain Almería
4 FW Nwankwo Kanu 1 August 1976 (1976-08-01) (age 33) 81 13 England Portsmouth
18 FW Victor Obinna 25 March 1987 (1987-03-25) (age 22) 24 10 Spain Málaga
11 FW Peter Odemwingie 15 July 1981 (1981-07-15) (age 28) 36 8 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
7 FW Chinedu Obasi 1 June 1986 (1986-06-01) (age 23) 22 4 Germany Hoffenheim
9 FW Obafemi Martins 28 October 1984 (1984-10-28) (age 25) 28 16 Germany Wolfsburg
8 FW Yakubu Aiyegbeni 22 November 1982 (1982-11-22) (age 27) 50 19 England Everton

Recent call-ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
MF Richard Eromoigbe (Africa Nations Cup 2008) 26 June 1984 (1984-06-26) (age 25) 5 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves F.C.
MF Lukman Haruna (WCQ v. South Africa, 6 September 2008) 12 April 1990 (1990-04-12) (age 19) 1 0 France Monaco
FW Victor Anichebe (WCQ v. Equatorial Guinea, 21 June 2008) 23 April 1988 (1988-04-23) (age 21) 4 0 England Everton
FW Kayode Odejayi (Friendly v. Austria, 27 May 2008) 21 February 1982 (1982-02-21) (age 28) 1 0 England Colchester United
MF Onyekachi Okonkwo (Africa Nations Cup 2008) 13 May 1982 (1982-05-13) (age 27) Switzerland Zürich
FW Stephen Makinwa (Africa Nations Cup 2008) 26 July 1983 (1983-07-26) (age 26) 16 1 Italy Lazio
DF Kingsley Udoh (Friendly v. Sudan, 9 January 2008) 7 December 1990 (1990-12-07) (age 19) 1 0 Nigeria Akwa United
DF Efe Ambrose (Friendly v. Sudan, 9 January 2008) 18 October 1988 (1988-10-18) (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Kaduna United
MF Oladapo Olufemi (Friendly v. Sudan, 9 January 2008) 11 May 1988 (1988-05-11) (age 21) 1 0 Norway Start
FW Manasseh Ishiaku (Friendly v. Sudan, 9 January) 9 January 1983 (1983-01-09) (age 27) 4 1 Germany Köln
GK Ngemba Evans Obi (Friendly v. Colombia, 22 November 2008) 7 July 1984 (1984-07-07) (age 25) 0 Germany Fürstenfeldbruck II[4]
MF Paul Obiefule (Friendly v. Jamaica, 11 February 2009) 15 May 1986 (1986-05-15) (age 23) 10 0 Norway Lyn Oslo
DF Rabiu Afolabi (WC Qualifier v. Mozambique, 29 March) 18 April 1980 (1980-04-18) (age 29) 20 1 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
MF Sone Aluko (Friendly v. Ireland, 29 May 2009) 19 February 1989 (1989-02-19) (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Aberdeen
15 FW Ikechukwu Uche (WC Qualifier v. Tunisia, 6 September) 5 January 1984 (1984-01-05) (age 26) 23 6 Spain Real Zaragoza
DF Sam Sodje (WC Qualifier v. Mozambique, October 11) 25 May 1979 (1979-05-25) (age 30) 2 0 England Charlton Athletic
14 MF Femi Ajilore (WC Qualifier v. Mozambique, October 11) 18 January 1985 (1985-01-18) (age 25) 4 0 Netherlands Groningen
FW Michael Eneramo (WC Qualifier v. Kenya, November 14) 26 November 1985 (1985-11-26) (age 24) 8 2 Tunisia Espérance
8 FW Joseph Akpala (WC Qualifier v. Kenya, November 14) 24 August 1986 (1986-08-24) (age 23) 2 1 Belgium Club Brugge
FW Peter Utaka (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3 2010) 12 February 1984 (1984-02-12) (age 26) 1 1 Denmark OB
DF Chibuzor Okonkwo (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3) 16 December 1988 (1988-12-16) (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Bayelsa United
FW Bello Musa Kofarmata (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3) 12 May 1988 (1988-05-12) (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Heartland F.C.
GK Segun Oluwaniyi (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3) 24 April 1982 (1982-04-24) (age 27) 1 0 Nigeria Shooting Stars FC
GK Bassey Akpan (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3) 6 January 1984 (1984-01-06) (age 26) 1 0 Nigeria Bayelsa United
MF Isiaka Olawale (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3) 11 November 1983 (1983-11-11) (age 26) 8 0 Nigeria Kwara United
DF Osas Idehen (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3) 13 May 1990 (1990-05-13) (age 19) 1 2 Nigeria Enyimba
FW Thankgod Amaefule (Friendly v. Congo DR, March 3) 16 December 1984 (1984-12-16) (age 25) 1 0 Nigeria Sharks F.C.

Managers

Team managers of Nigeria and the dates they took over.

Date appointed Manager name
2010– Sweden Lars Lagerbäck
2008–2010 Nigeria Shaibu Amodu
2008 Nigeria James Peters
2007–2008 Germany Berti Vogts
2005–2007 Nigeria Augustine Eguavoen
2002–2005 Nigeria Christian Chukwu
2002 Nigeria Adegboyega Onigbinde
2001–2002 Nigeria Shaibu Amodu
1999–2001 Netherlands Johannes Bonfrere
1999–1999 Netherlands Thijs Libregts
1998–1998 Serbia Mexico Bora Milutinović
1997–1998 Nigeria Monday Sinclar
1997–1998 France Philippe Troussier
1996–1997 Nigeria Shaibu Amodu
1995–1996 Netherlands Johannes Bonfere
1994–1995 Nigeria Shaibu Amodu
1989–1994 Netherlands Clemens Westerhof
1987–1989 Nigeria Paul Hamilton
1988–1989 Germany Manfred Hoener
1985 Nigeria Patrick Ekeji
1984–1986 Nigeria Chris Udemezue
1983–1984 Nigeria Adegboyega Onigbinde
1981 Germany Gottlieb Goller
1979–1982 Brazil Otto Gloria
1970–1971 & 1974 Germany Heinz Marotze
1974–1978 Yugoslavia Jelisavčić 'Tiki' Tihomir
1972–1973
1963–1964
Brazil George Penna
1969–1970 Nigeria Peter 'Eto' Amaechina
1965–1968 Hungary Joseph Ember
1964–1965 Nigeria Daniel Anyiam
1961–1963 Hungary George Vardar
1960–1961 Israel Moshe Beth-Halevi
1956–1960 England Les Courtier
1954–1956 Nigeria Daniel Anyiam
1949 England John Finch

Top goalscorers

List of Nigeria's top ten highest ever international goalscorers.

Goal scored Player name
37 Nigeria Rashidi Yekini
23 Nigeria Segun Odegbami
19 Nigeria Yakubu Aiyegbeni
17 Nigeria Sunday Oyarekhua
16 Nigeria Obafemi Martins
14 Nigeria Daniel Amokachi
14 Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha
14 Nigeria Julius Aghahowa
13 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu
13 Nigeria Samson Siasia

Last and Next Games

References

  1. ^ a b c In the era of Nigeria's Olympic successes, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than three players over 23 years of age, and these matches are not usually regarded as part of the national team's record
  2. ^ http://www.tribune.com.ng/27122009/news/sports7.html Nigeria's First Football Captain
  3. ^ "Kenya 2 - 3 Nigeria". ESPN. 2009-11-14. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=262945&cc=5739. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  4. ^ [1]

External links


Simple English

Nigeria
Association Nigeria Football Association
Confederation CAF
Coach Shaibu Amodu
Most caps Mudashiru Lawal (86)
Top scorer Rashidi Yekini (37)
World Cup
Appearances 4
First Apps 1994
Best result Round 2 (1994, 1998)

Nigeria national football team is the national football team of Nigeria.

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Rashidi Yekini37581985-1998
2Segun Odegbami241976-1989
3Sunday Oyarekhua171971-1975
3Yakubu172001-present
5Samson Siasia161989-1998
6Thompson Usiyan151976-1978
7Daniel Amokachi141990-1997
7Jay-Jay Okocha141993-2005
7Julius Aghahowa142000-2005
10Nwankwo Kanu13751995-2007
10Obafemi Martins132004-2007

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