Nigeria national football team
|Association||Nigeria Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Stephen Keshi|
|Most caps||Joseph Yobo (95)|
|Top scorer||Rashidi Yekini (37)|
|Home stadium||Abuja Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||33 3|
|Highest FIFA ranking||5 (April 1994)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||82 (November 1999)|
|Highest Elo ranking||14 (31 May 2004)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||87 (27 December 1964)|
| Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 10 August 1949)
| Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey
(Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
| Gold Coast 7–0 Nigeria
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
|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|
|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 of 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. Also, at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, the Nigerian Olympic football team(Under 23) became the first African football team to win gold at the Summer Olympic Games.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent results
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Kit history
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Managers
- 7 Players records
- 8 References
- 9 External links
FIFA World Cup
Nigeria is currently ranked 33rd on the FIFA World Rankings. 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. 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.
1994 World Cup
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
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 its 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. Ghana was the only team in Africa to make it pass the group stage then lost to Uruguay by a slick hanball by Suarez then a missed penalty by Asamoah Gyan.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930||URU||Did not enter|
|1934||ITA||Did not enter|
|1938||FRA||Did not enter|
|1950||BRA||Did not enter|
|1954||SWI||Did not enter|
|1958||SWE||Did not enter|
|1962||CHI||Did not qualify|
|1970||MEX||Did not qualify|
|1974||FRG||Did not qualify|
|1978||ARG||Did not qualify|
|1982||ESP||Did not qualify|
|1986||MEX||Did not qualify|
|1990||ITA||Did not qualify|
|1994||USA||Round of 16||1st in
|1998||FRA||Round of 16||1st in
|2002||KOR and JPN||Group Stage||4th in
|2006||GER||Did not qualify|
|2010||RSA||Group Stage||4th in
|2018||RUS||To be decided|
|2022||QAT||To be decided|
|World Cup total||14||4||2||8||17||21|
- All African nations withdrew due to a lack of qualifying berths.
Africa Cup of Nations
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.
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|1997||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||To Be Determined|
|Head Coach||Stephen Keshi|
|Assistant Coach||Daniel Amokachi|
|Personal Assistant to Head Coach||Valere Hoaundinou|
|Goalkeeper Trainer||Ike Shorunmu|
|Assistant Goalkeeper Trainer||Sylvanus Okpala|
2002 WC Home
The following 25 players were called up ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia and friendly match against Italy in November 2013.
Caps and goals current as of 18 November 2013. All caps/goals against FIFA members only.
The following players have also been called up to the Nigeria squad within the last 12 months.
Player records are accurate as 18 November 2013.
Most capped and Top Scorers Nigeria players