Niger national football team

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Niger
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Ménas
Association Fédération Nigerienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Gernot Rohr
Captain Moussa Maâzou
Home stadium Stade Seyni Kountché
FIFA code NIG
FIFA ranking 112 Decrease 10
Highest FIFA ranking 68 (November 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 196 (August 2002)
Elo ranking 121
Highest Elo ranking 103 (July 1991)
Lowest Elo ranking 146 (December 1980)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Niger 2–2 Chad 
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 25 December 1961)
Biggest win
 Niger 7–1 Mauritania 
(Niamey, Niger; 12 October 1990)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 10–0 Niger Niger
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 27 December 1961)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 2 (First in 2012)
Best result Group Stage

The Niger national football team, nicknamed the Menas,[1][2] is overseen by the Fédération Nigerienne de Football and a member of CAF. Niger plays in the colors of the Flag of Niger, white, green, and orange. Their nickname comes from the Dama Gazelle, native to Niger, the Hausa name of which is Meyna or Ménas[3] The Dama appears on their badge in the colors of the national flag.

History[edit]

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 eight teams were left. Notable players in this run included Jacques Komlan, Hassane Adamou and Moussa Kanfideni.

In 1990 they set one record – they trashed Mauritania 7–1 in continental qualifiers, which is for now the highest win for the Mena.

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 would have turned to fundraising to pay for their trip to the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola, had they qualified.[4]

In June 2008, Romanian coach Dan Anghelescu[5] took over as team manager from Hamey Amadou, who was dismissed. Anghelescu had been coaching in Africa since 1999, training teams from Algeria, Tunisia and Burkina Faso. On 19 December 2008, Anghelescu was dismissed after a disastrous six-month spell. Former Niger U-17 coach Frederic Costa was appointed the new head coach of the Niger national side. Harouna Doula Gabde, a former Nigerien international, succeeded them in 2009.[6]

On 10 October 2010, Niger earned a shock 1–0 win over Egypt at home in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification.

Despite a failed run for ACON 2010, Niger hosted and won the UEMOA Tournament in November 2010, and followed up with their first ever qualification for the African Nations Championship in February 2011.[7]

After home wins—but away losses—over South Africa and Sierra Leone, on 8 October 2011 Niger qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in its history, despite losing 3-0 in Egypt.[8][9] Niger, South Africa and Sierra Leone all ended with nine points, but Niger qualified thanks to their superior head-to-head record against their rivals.

At the 2012 African Cup of Nations, Niger was placed in Group C along with co-hosts Gabon, Tunisia and Morocco. In their opening match Gabon made a comfortable 2-0 win against debutants. Against Tunisia in Libreville, Niger trailed 1-0 on an early goal from Youssef Msakni in which he dribbled his way through for a fine goal after just four minutes. But William Tonji Ngounou made history when his goal was Niger's first ever goal at the African Cup of Nations. The 1-1 draw looked likely, but Issam Jemaa's goal would eliminate Niger from the tournament. In the final match, Niger faced Morocco in a match featuring two teams eliminated from the tournament.Younes Belhanda scored on the assist of Marouane Chamakh just 11 minutes from time to give Morocco a 1-0 victory.[10]

Later in 2012, Niger repeated its success in African Nations Cup qualifiers by beating Guinea in a two-legged series to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Guinea won the first match 1-0, but Niger won 2-0 in the second leg. Goalscorers Chicoto Mohamed and Issoufou Boubacar Garba had sent Niger to another African Cup of Nations tournament.[11] ].

In their first match on 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Niger lost to Mali 1-0, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The Eagles captain Seydou Keita handed Mali the hard-fought victory five minutes before the end of the encounter. Niger earned their first point ever at the African Cup of nations after holding DR Congo to a 0-0 draw. In the third match Ghana outclassed Niger 3-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup as Group B winners.[12] Niger finished bottom of the group.

On 22 May 2014, Niger played a friendly match against Ukraine, marking the first ever match against a European nation. Oumarou Bale scored in the 56th minute, cancelling out a 20th minute goal from Ivan Ordets, before Ukraine won on a goal from Taras Stepanenko as the match finished 2-1.[13][14]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Niger national team against Morocco, February 09, 2011
  • 1982Did not enter
  • 1984Did not qualify
  • 1986 to 1990Did not enter
  • 1992 to 1994Did not qualify
  • 1996Withdrew during qualifying
  • 1998Disqualified for withdrawing in 1996
  • 2000 to 2010Did not qualify
  • 2012 – Group stage
  • 2013 – Group stage

Head-to-Head Records against other countries[edit]

As of 23 May 2014
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
 Algeria 5 1 0 4 1 14 −13
 Angola 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3
 Benin 13 3 4 6 16 20 −4
 Botswana 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2
 Burkina Faso* 15 3 5 7 13 22 −9
 Cameroon 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4
 Chad 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Congo 4 0 1 3 3 10 −7
 DR Congo 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Ivory Coast 12 0 2 10 9 28 −19
 Egypt 4 1 0 3 1 7 -6
 Equatorial Guinea 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Ethiopia 3 1 0 2 3 4 -1
 Gabon 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8
 Gambia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Ghana 11 0 1 10 4 38 −34
 Guinea 7 3 0 4 8 11 −3
 Lesotho 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Liberia 7 3 1 3 7 10 −3
 Libya* 4 0 3 1 4 8 −4
 Mali 8 1 2 5 4 10 −6
 Mauritania 5 3 2 0 10 3 +7
 Morocco 6 1 0 5 2 15 −13
 Namibia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Nigeria 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6
 Senegal 5 1 1 3 3 6 −3
 Sierra Leone 6 3 0 3 11 15 −4
 Somalia 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 South Africa 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
 Togo 9 3 3 3 13 14 −1
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
 Uganda 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1
 Ukraine 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
33 Countries 158 34 34 90 141 286 −145
  • Niger beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in a match played on 27 July 2013, but because of losing the first match 1-0, this match went to extra time and then the penalties. Niger lost 6-5 on penalties, but under the FIFA rules this match counts as a win.
  • Match versus Libya in November 2010 finished 1–1, after which Niger lost 4–1 in penalty shootout. Under the rules of association football and the official European Championship tournament regulations, a loss inflicted via a penalty shootout does not count as a defeat, but rather a tie which needed a final process to determine the team which advances.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

20 January 2013
20:00
Mali  1–0  Niger
Keita Goal 84' Report

24 January 2013
20:00
Niger  0–0  DR Congo
Report

28 January 2013
19:00
Niger  0–3  Ghana
Report Gyan Goal 6'
Atsu Goal 23'
Boye Goal 49'
Niger formation on their debut on African Nations Cup (2012-01-23 against Gabon)

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Ukraine on 22 May 2014.[15]

No. Pos. Player Date of Birth (age) Club
1 1GK Moussa Alzouma (1982-09-30) 30 September 1982 (age 31) Niger GNN
16 1GK Kassaly Daouda (1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 30) Niger Nigelec
4 2DF Mahamadou Souley (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 19) Niger GNN
5 2DF Boureima Katakoré (1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 21) Niger Nigelec
8 2DF Kourouma Fatoukouma (1984-07-11) 11 July 1984 (age 30) Morocco Al-Hoceima
13 2DF Mohamed Chikoto (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 25) Algeria ASM Oran
15 2DF Zakariya Souleymane (1994-12-29) 29 December 1994 (age 19) France Evian (res.)
3 3MF Lassina Abdoul Karim (1987-05-20) 20 May 1987 (age 27) France Metz
6 3MF Youssouf Oumarou (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 21) Niger ASFAN
12 3MF Souleymane Dela Sacko (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 26) Niger GNN
14 3MF Ali Mohamed (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 17) Niger ASFAN
19 3MF Issiaka Koudize (1987-01-03) 3 January 1987 (age 27) Cameroon Coton Sport
20 3MF Amadou Moutari (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 20) Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
21 3MF Yacouba Ali (1992-04-06) 6 April 1992 (age 22) Niger Police
2 4FW Moussa Maâzou (c) (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 25) Portugal Vitória Guimarães
7 4FW Mahamane Cissé (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 20) Republic of the Congo Léopard
9 4FW Kamilou Daouda (1987-12-29) 29 December 1987 (age 26) Cameroon Coton Sport
11 4FW Abdoul Nasser Nomao (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 21) Niger Nigelec

List of coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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