Nigeria national football team

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Nigeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Super Eagles
Association Nigeria Football Federation
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Stephen Keshi
Captain Vincent Enyeama
Most caps Joseph Yobo (94)
Top scorer Rashidi Yekini (37)
Home stadium Abuja Stadium
FIFA code NGA
FIFA ranking 45 Increase 2
Highest FIFA ranking 5 (April 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 82 (November 1999)
Elo ranking 30
Highest Elo ranking 14 (31 May 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 87 (27 December 1964)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Ng westafricasettlements.png Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria Nigeria
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 8 October 1949)[1]
Biggest win
Nigeria Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey 
(Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Gold Coast 7–0 Nigeria Nigeria
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1994)
Best result Round of 16, 1994 & 1998
African Nations Cup
Appearances 17 (First in 1963)
Best result Winners, 1980, 1994 & 2013
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1995)
Best result 4th, 1995

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.

History[edit]

Nigeria is currently ranked 36th in the FIFA World Rankings. After playing other colonies in unofficial games since the 1930s,[2] 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.[citation needed]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

1994 World Cup[edit]

Nigeria finally reached the World Cup for the first time in 1994. They were managed by Clemens Westerhof. Nigeria topped its group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece. In its 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 two minutes of qualifying for the Quarterfinals 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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.

2010 World Cup[edit]

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

Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute.[4] 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.[5] This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.[6] On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions,[7] but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after.[8] On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup.[8] 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.[9]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
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
Notes
  1. ^ All African nations withdrew due to a lack of qualifying berths.

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Nigeria has won the Africa Cup of Nations 3 times (1980, 1994 and most recently, 2013). They have been runners-up four times (1984, 1988, 1990, and 2000). They have finished in third place seven times, including four times recently (2002, 2004, 2006, and 2010). On 10 February 2013 they beat the Stallions of Burkina Faso to lift the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time. This was the first time a Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi the captain of the 1994 AFCON champions, would lead the Super Eagles to Cup success.[11]

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995 Fourth Place 4th 3 1 2 0 4 1 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 7 6 Squad
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021
Total Fourth Place 2/9 6 2 2 2 11 7 -

Other achievements[edit]

  • 1There were three editions of the LG Cup held in 2004 in April, August and October.

Recent results[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Stephen Keshi
Assistant Coach Daniel Amokachi
Personal Assistant to Head Coach Valere Hoaundinou Benin
Goalkeeper Trainer Ike Shorunmu
Assistant Goalkeeper Trainer Sylvanus Okpala

Kit history[edit]

1994 WC Home
1994 WC Away
1998 WC Home
1998 WC Away
2002 WC Home
2002 WC Away
2010 WC Home

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the March 2014 friendly against Mexico.[22]
Caps and goals current as of 5 March 2014 All caps/goals against FIFA members only.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Vincent Enyeama (1982-08-29) 29 August 1982 (age 31) 89 0 France Lille
16 1GK Austin Ejide (1984-04-08) 8 April 1984 (age 30) 31 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva
3 2DF Elderson (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 26) 40 2 Monaco Monaco
5 2DF Efe Ambrose (1988-10-18) 18 October 1988 (age 25) 34 1 Scotland Celtic
2 2DF Godfrey Oboabona (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 23) 34 1 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
6 2DF Azubuike Egwuekwe (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 24) 31 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves
4 2DF Kenneth Omeruo (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 20) 16 0 England Middlesbrough
21 2DF Juwon Oshaniwa (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 23) 10 0 Israel Ashdod
12 2DF Kunle Odunlami (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars
14 2DF Leon Balogun (1988-06-28) 28 June 1988 (age 25) 1 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
10 3MF John Obi Mikel (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 26) 57 4 England Chelsea
7 3MF Ahmed Musa (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 21) 34 5 Russia CSKA Moscow
20 3MF Ejike Uzoenyi (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 26) 20 3 Nigeria Enugu Rangers
17 3MF Ogenyi Onazi (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 21) 19 1 Italy Lazio
11 3MF Victor Moses (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 23) 18 6 England Liverpool
15 3MF Shehu Abdullahi (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 21) 6 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars
19 3MF Ramon Azeez (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Almería
18 4FW Victor Obinna (1987-03-25) 25 March 1987 (age 27) 48 13 Italy Chievo
9 4FW Emmanuel Emenike (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 26) 21 10 Turkey Fenerbahçe
23 4FW Shola Ameobi (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 32) 5 2 England Newcastle United
8 4FW Imoh Ezekiel (1993-10-24) 24 October 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège
13 4FW Michael Uchebo (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Nigeria squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Chigozie Agbim (1984-11-28) 28 November 1984 (age 29) 11 0 Nigeria Gombe United 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Daniel Akpeyi (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 27) 0 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Dele Alampasu (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 17) 0 0 Nigeria Abuja College Football 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Okemute Odah (1988-11-23) 23 November 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
DF Joseph Yobo (1980-09-06) 6 September 1980 (age 33) 94 7 England Norwich City v.  Mexico, 5 March 2014 (Injured)
DF Solomon Kwambe (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 20) 12 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Francis Benjamin (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Nigeria Heartland 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Umar Zango (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Bright Esieme (1992-10-04) 4 October 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Nigeria Enyimba 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Erhun Obanor (1995-09-05) 5 September 1995 (age 18) 2 0 Nigeria Bendel Insurance 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Ikechukwu Gabriel (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 24) 0 0 Nigeria Bayelsa United 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Yinka Adedeji (1985-03-24) 24 March 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Nigeria Sharks 2014 African Nations Championship (Injured)
DF James Okwuosa (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 23) 3 0 South Africa Chippa United v.  Italy, 18 November 2013 (Friendly)
DF Solomon Babatunde 0 0 Nigeria Nasarawa United v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
DF Gege Soriola (1988-11-21) 21 November 1988 (age 25) 1 0 South Africa Free State Stars v.  South Africa, 14 August (Friendly)
MF Ugonna Uzochukwu (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 21) 10 2 Nigeria Enugu Rangers 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Rabiu Ali (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 23) 8 3 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Christian Pyagbara (1996-03-13) 13 March 1996 (age 18) 5 0 Nigeria Sharks 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Christian Obiozor (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 19) 2 1 Nigeria Enugu Rangers 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Ikenna Hilary (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Joshua Obaje (1990-04-01) 1 April 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Sunday Mba (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 25) 21 5 France Athlétique Bastiais v.  Italy, 18 November 2013 (Friendly)
MF Nnamdi Oduamadi (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 23) 12 4 Italy Brescia v.  Italy, 18 November 2013 (Friendly)
MF Nosa Igiebor (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 23) 11 2 Spain Real Betis v.  Italy, 18 November 2013 (Friendly)
MF Reuben Gabriel (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 23) 10 1 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Italy, 18 November 2013 (Friendly)
MF John Ugochukwu (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 25) 10 1 Portugal Académica v.  Italy, 18 November 2013 (Friendly)
MF Etebo Oghenekaro (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995 (age 18) 1 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
MF Douglas Achiv (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 26) 0 0 Nigeria Lobi Stars v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
MF Mohammed Garuba 0 0 Nigeria Abia Warriors v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
MF Yinka Oyeleke 0 0 Nigeria Crown v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
MF Fegor Ogude (1987-07-29) 29 July 1987 (age 26) 16 0 Norway Vålerenga v.  South Africa, 15 August 2013 (Friendly)
MF Michel Babatunde (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Ukraine Volyn Lutsk 2013 Confederations Cup
MF Emeka Eze (1992-12-22) 22 December 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers 2013 Confederations Cup
MF Obinna Nwachukwu (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Nigeria Heartland v.  Mexico, 31 May 2013 (Friendly)
FW Bright Dike (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 27) 2 1 Canada Toronto v.  Mexico, 5 March 2014 (Injured)
FW Barnabas Imenger (1991-11-24) 24 November 1991 (age 22) 8 1 Nigeria Lobi Stars 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Ifeanyi Edeh (1990-10-25) 25 October 1990 (age 23) 7 3 Nigeria Enyimba 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Aliyu Ibrahim (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 19) 5 1 Nigeria Nasarawa United 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Gbolahan Salami (1991-04-15) 15 April 1991 (age 23) 5 1 Nigeria Shooting Stars 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Mohammed Gambo (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2014 African Nations Championship (Injured)
FW Brown Ideye (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 25) 24 5 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Italy, 18 November 2013 (Friendly)
FW Ezekiel Mbah (1989-10-28) 28 October 1989 (age 24) 0 0 Nigeria Akwa United v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
FW Sani Mohammed (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 16) 0 0 Nigeria Gombe United v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
FW Victor Namo (1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Libya Al-Ahly Benghazi v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
FW Joseph Osadiaye (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves v.  Jordan, 28 October 2013 (Friendly)
FW Uche Nwofor (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 25) 4 2 Netherlands Heerenveen v.  Ethiopia, 13 October 2013 (2014 World Cup qualifier)
FW Joseph Akpala (1986-08-24) 24 August 1986 (age 27) 9 1 Turkey Karabükspor 2013 Confederations Cup
FW Anthony Ujah (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 23) 4 0 Germany Köln 2013 Confederations Cup

Records[edit]

As of 5 March 2014

Managers[edit]

Source[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.tribune.com.ng/27122009/news/sports7.html Nigeria's First Football Captain
  3. ^ "Kenya 2–3 Nigeria". ESPN. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Argentina 1–0 Nigeria". BBC. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nigeria president suspends team". BBC Sport. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Adigun, Bashir; Gambrell, Jon (30 June 2010). "Nigeria's president suspends soccer team". USA Today. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Nigerian government rescinds ban". ESPN Soccernet. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-00. 
  8. ^ a b "Fifa issues world ban to Nigeria". BBC News. 4 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Fifa lifts Nigeria's suspension". BBC Sport. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "VIII WORLD CUP (ENGLAND 1966) QUALIFYING STAGE". Lingua Sport. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mba’s wondergoal wins African Cup of Nations for Nigeria". Eurosport. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  12. ^ West African Soccer Federation Championship (1959-67) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  13. ^ WAFU Unity Cup (2005) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  14. ^ Jalco Cup (1951-1959) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  15. ^ Azikiwe Cup (1961-1967) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  16. ^ LG Cup Four Nations Tournament (1997-2006) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  17. ^ Dakar Friendly Tournament (1975) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  18. ^ Addis Abeba 25th Anniversary Tournament (1983) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  19. ^ Ethiopia International Tournament (1992) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  20. ^ King Hassan II Tournament (1996-2008) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  21. ^ Nelson Mandella Inauguration Challenge Cup (1994-2013) rsssf.com. Retrieved 21-12-2013.
  22. ^ Yobo recalled for Mexico friendly (Goal.com)
  23. ^ a b Roberto Mamrud. "Nigeria - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  24. ^ National Team Coaches/

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