Nigeria national football team
|Association||Nigeria Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Captain||John Obi Mikel|
|Most caps||Joseph Yobo (100)|
|Top scorer||Rashidi Yekini (37)|
|Home stadium||Abuja Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||34 10 (17 July 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||5 (April 1994)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||82 (November 1999)|
|Elo ranking||30 (9 July 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||14 (31 May 2004)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||87 (27 December 1964)|
| Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 8 October 1949)
| Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey
(Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
| Gold Coast 7–0 Nigeria
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
|Appearances||5 (First in 1994)|
|Best result||Round of 16, 1994, 1998 and 2014|
|African Nations Cup|
|Appearances||17 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions, 1980, 1994 and 2013|
|Appearances||2 (First in 1995)|
|Best result||Fourth Place, 1995|
The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the "Super Eagles" or previously the "Green Eagles", represents Nigeria in international association football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
During April 1994, the 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, having won their third continental title in 2013. They have qualified for five of the last six FIFA World Cups, and reached the round of 16 three times. They made their first appearance at the tournament in the United States in 1994.
- 1 History
- 2 FIFA World Cup
- 3 Africa Cup of Nations record
- 4 Kit history
- 5 Coaching staff
- 6 Current squad
- 7 Managers
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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. Nigeria won the Men's football event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, beating Mexico, Brazil and Argentina in the process. They were runners up in the same event, losing to Argentina in a rematch of the 1996 event.
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.
On 9 July 2014, the FIFA Emergency Committee indefinitely suspended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). As such, the NFF is banned from taking part in "any regional, continental or international competitions". The verdict is due to a decision by a High Court of Nigeria preventing the NFF president, the NFF Executive Committee members, and the NFF Congress from handling affairs in Nigerian football until the court proceedings have finished. The suspension applies to the Nigeria national football team as well. FIFA indicated that "The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn".
The suspension was lifted 18 July after a Nigerian court reversed the decision.
FIFA World Cup
1994 World Cup First added
Nigeria finally reached the World Cup for the first time in 1994. They were managed by Clemens Westerhof. Nigeria topped their group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece. Nigeria defeated Bulgaria 3–0, lost to Argentina 1–2, and reached 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 two minutes of qualifying for the Quarter-finals of the 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. The game ended 2–1 in favour of the Italians.
1998 World Cup
In 1998 Nigeria returned to the World Cup alongside Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. Optimism was high due to its manager Bora Milutinović 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 a win against Bulgaria and a loss to Paraguay. The team's hopes of surpassing its 1994 performance was shattered after a 1–4 loss to Denmark.
2002 & 2006 World Cups
The 2002 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 its strong performances in the 2000 and 2002 African Cup of Nations. Nigeria were drawn into group F with powerhouses Sweden, Argentina, and England. The first game against Argentina started with a strong defence that kept the first half scoreless. In the 61st minute Gabriel Batistuta breached the Nigerian defence 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. Nigeria then drew 0–0 with England and bowed out in the first round.
2010 World Cup
Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute. In its second game Nigeria led early on by a goal from Kalu Uche. A red card against Sani Kaita gave Greece the advantage. Greece scored the equaliser late in the first half and Nigeria conceded the second goal in the second half and lost the game 2–1. They then drew 2–2 with South Korea with goals from Kalu Uche and Yakubu but failed to qualify for the next round. On 30 June 2010, following the team's early exit and poor showing, the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national football team from international competition for two years. This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.
On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions, but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after. On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup. Four days later, however, the ban was "provisionally lifted" until 26 October, the day after the officially unrecognised National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) dropped its court case against the NFF.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Nigeria's campaign opened with a disappointing 0-0 draw over Iran. Four days later the team played their second game against Bosnia and Herzegovina. A 29th-minute Peter Odemwingie goal gave Nigeria their first World Cup win since 1998. They faced Argentina in the final game: a 3rd minute Lionel Messi goal for the opposition was followed almost instantly with an equalizer by Ahmed Musa. Messi gave Argentina the lead back just before half-time. In the second half Musa leveled the game out again, only for Marcos Rojo to put Argentina 3-2 ahead minutes later. Nigeria lost the match, but still qualified for the last 16.
In the second round Nigeria faced France, and held them off until the 79th minute when a Paul Pogba header gifted France the lead. An own goal by Joseph Yobo in injury time put the result beyond any doubt: Nigeria were out.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930||URU||Did not enter|
|1962||CHI||Did not qualify|
|1970||MEX||Did not qualify|
|1994||USA||Round of 16||1st in
|2002||KOR and JPN||Group Stage||4th in
|2006||GER||Did not qualify|
|2010||RSA||Group Stage||4th in
|2014||BRA||Round of 16||2nd in
|2018||RUS||To be decided|
|2022||QAT||To be decided|
|Total||Round of 16||5/20||18||5||3||10||20||26|
- All African nations withdrew due to a lack of qualifying berths.
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
|1957||Did Not Enter|
|1968||Did Not Qualify|
|1972||Did Not Qualify|
|1986||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
|2015||To Be Determined|
- *Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|1997||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||To Be Determined|
- 1There were three editions of the LG Cup held in 2004 in April, August and October.
Recent Nigeria Results
|Friendly 4 January 2014||Nigeria||2 – 1||Ethiopia||Abuja, Nigeria|
|16:00 UTC+1||Edeh 3'
|Report||Agbim 5' (o.g.)||Stadium: Abuja National Stadium
Referee: Yakhouba Keita, (Guinea)
|2014 African Nations Championship 11 January 2014||Mali||2 – 1||Nigeria||Cape Town, South Africa|
|21:00 UTC+2||Sissoko 18'
|Report||Salami 54'||Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
|2014 African Nations Championship 15 January 2014||Nigeria||4 – 2||Mozambique||Cape Town, South Africa|
|20:00 UTC+2||Ede 11'
Ali 13', 54' (pen.)
|Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Aboubacar Mario Bangoura (Guinea)
|2014 African Nations Championship 19 January 2014||South Africa||1 – 3||Nigeria||Cape Town, South Africa|
|19:00 UTC+2||Parker 81' (pen.)||Report||Uzoenyi 22', 64'
Ede 32' (pen.)
|Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)
|2014 African Nations Championship 25 January 2014||Morocco||3 – 4 (aet)||Nigeria||Cape Town, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Moutouali 33', 40'
|Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
|2014 African Nations Championship 29 January 2014||Nigeria||0 – 0 (aet)
(1 – 4 p)
|Ghana||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|20:30 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Free State Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|2014 African Nations Championship 1 February 2014||Zimbabwe||0 – 1||Nigeria||Cape Town, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Report||Obiozor 85'||Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Victor Miguel Gomes (South Africa)
|Friendly 5 March 2014||Mexico||0 – 0||Nigeria||Atlanta, United States|
|20:30 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Georgia Dome
Referee: Wálter Quesada (Costa Rica)
|Friendly 28 May 2014||Scotland||2 – 2||Nigeria||London, England|
|20:00 UTC±0||Mulgrew 10'
Egwuekwe 52' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Craven Cottage
Referee: Lee Probert, England
|Friendly 3 June 2014||Nigeria||0 – 0||Greece||Chester, United States|
|17:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: PPL Park
Referee: Élmer Bonilla, (El Salvador)
|Friendly 7 June 2014||United States||2 – 1||Nigeria||Jacksonville, United States|
|18:00 UTC−4||Altidore 31', 68'||Report||Moses 86' (pen.)||Stadium: Everbank Field
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
|2014 FIFA World Cup 16 June 2014||Iran||0 – 0||Nigeria||Curitiba, Brazil|
|16:00 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Arena da Baixada
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
|2014 FIFA World Cup 21 June 2014||Nigeria||1 – 0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Cuiabá, Brazil|
|18:00 UTC−4||Odemwingie 29'||Report||Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
|2014 FIFA World Cup 25 June 2014||Nigeria||2 – 3||Argentina||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|13:00 UTC−3||Musa 4', 47'||Report||Messi 3', 45+1'
|Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
|2014 FIFA World Cup 30 June 2014||France||2 – 0||Nigeria||Brasília, Brazil|
|13:00 UTC−3||Pogba 79'
Yobo 90+1' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|Assistant Coach||Daniel Amokachi|
|Personal Assistant to Head Coach||Valere Hoaundinou|
|Goalkeeper Trainer||Ike Shorunmu|
The following players have also been called up to the Nigeria squad within the last 12 months.
- As of 30 June 2014
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- "Argentina 1–0 Nigeria". BBC. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
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- "VIII WORLD CUP (ENGLAND 1966) QUALIFYING STAGE". Lingua Sport. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- West African Soccer Federation Championship (1959-67) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- WAFU Unity Cup (2005) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- Jalco Cup (1951-1959) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- Azikiwe Cup (1961-1967) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- LG Cup Four Nations Tournament (1997-2006) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- Dakar Friendly Tournament (1975) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- Addis Abeba 25th Anniversary Tournament (1983) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- Ethiopia International Tournament (1992) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- King Hassan II Tournament (1996-2008) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
- Nelson Mandella Inauguration Challenge Cup (1994-2013) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
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- National Team Coaches/
- NFF official site
- Kick Off Nigeria – Nigerian Football/Soccer News
- GreenEagles.org – Unofficial Database of The Super Eagles of Nigeria
- RSSSF archive of results 1955–2008