Nigeria national football team

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Nigeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Super Eagles
Association The NFF
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Gernot Rohr
Captain John Obi Mikel
Most caps Vincent Enyeama (101)
Joseph Yobo (101)
Top scorer Rashidi Yekini (37)
Home stadium Abuja National Stadium
FIFA code NGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 50 Decrease 9 (23 November 2017)
Highest 5 (April 1994)
Lowest 82 (November 1999)
Elo ranking
Current 41 (15 November 2017)[1]
Highest 15 (31 May 2004)
Lowest 72 (27 December 1964)
First international
Flag of the British West Africa Settlements (1870-1888).svg Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 8 October 1949)[2]
Biggest win
 Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey 
(Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Gold Coast and United KingdomTrans-Volta Togoland 7–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1994)
Best result Round of 16, 1994, 1998 and 2014
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 17 (first in 1963)
Best result Champions, 1980, 1994 and 2013
African Nations Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2014)
Best result Third place, 2014
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1995)
Best result Fourth Place, 1995

The Nigeria national football team represents Nigeria in international association football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). They are three time Africa Cup of Nations winners, with their last title in 2013, after defeating Burkina Faso in the final. During April 1994, the Super Eagles was ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest FIFA ranking position achieved by an African football team. They have qualified for six of the last seven FIFA World Cups, missing only the 2006 FIFA World Cup hosted in Germany and have reached the round of 16 three times. They were the only African team to qualify for both the 2014 and 2018 tournaments. Their first World Cup appearance was the 1994 edition hosted by the United States.

History[edit]

The Nigeria "UK Tourists" national team prior to their tour of the UK in 1949. The team were known among the West African nations at the time as the "Red Devils" due to their red shirts.

After playing other colonies in unofficial games since the 1930s,[3] 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 including Bromley, 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, with players such as Segun Odegbami and Best Ogedegbe, the team, led by Christian Chukwu, won the Cup for the first time in Lagos. Nigeria Olympic men's football team won the football event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, beating Mexico, Brazil and Argentina in the process. They were runners-up in the same event at 2008 Olympics in Beijing, losing to Argentina in a rematch of the 1996 event.[4][5][6]

In 1984 and 1988, Nigeria reached the Cup of Nations final, losing both times to Cameroon. Three of the five 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 kick taken by Victor Ikpeba during the penalty shoot-out was adjudged not to have crossed the goal-line by the referee.[7]

Team image and culture[edit]

Nickname[edit]

Nigeria's national team image has undergone much evolution throughout its history. Prior to independence, they were called the Red Devils due to their red topped kits.[8] The name was changed to the Green Eagles after independence in reference to their colors as well as the eagle which adorns the country's state flag. During the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations, they were still called the Green Eagles, but following their controversial loss in the final, the team's name was changed to the "Super Eagles".[9][10] Today, only the senior men's national team uses the nickname. The women's national team is called the "Super Falcons", and Nigeria's underage male teams are nicknamed the "Flying Eagles" & the "Golden Eaglets".

Rivalries[edit]

Many important matches have been played against various nations who have been occasional rivals. Of these nations, Ghana is widely considered Nigeria's primary rival as the two sides have met one another more than any other opponent. The record is dominated by Ghana although Nigeria has enjoyed periods of success. The most notable of these periods are the early contests during the 1950s, and matches that took place in the early 2000s. FIFA lists the first official match between the two as a World Cup qualifier match in 1960. However both national teams had already engaged in competitive matches dating back to 1950.[11] The national teams of these two West African countries were formed during the time in which both remained protectorates of the British Empire. At that time the modern day nation of Ghana was known as the Gold Coast. Nigeria, prior to adopting the national colors of green and white, wore scarlet tops over white shorts and were known as the "Red Devils".[12] The two sides played for several rivalry and tournament cups during this period in which full international competition was barred to them.

Nigeria's neighbors to the east, Cameroon, have also played Nigeria a number of times over the years. The teams have met three times in the African Cup of Nations Final with Cameroon winning each time. Both carry histories of continental success and World Cup representation that is nearly unrivaled on the African continent.

There is also a number of competitive matches with Algeria dating back to the 1970s. The two sides met twice in the African Cup of Nations finals, with each nation splitting the win totals. It was a 1–1 draw in Algeria on October 8, 1993 that enabled Nigeria to claim its first World Cup berth in the 1994 edition of the tournament.

Nigeria's western neighbor, Benin, has played competitive matches with the team since the period of European colonization when they were known as Dahomey. But with only two wins and two draws to Benin's credit against Nigeria's fourteen wins, and with the sides having only met six times since 1980, Benin remains a lightly regarded opponent.

In four of it's first five World Cup appearances, Nigeria was drawn in the group stage with two-time champion Argentina and is regarded by many fans as having acquitted themselves well against the footballing giant. All four matches have been won by Argentina, but all ended in one goal margin and have been tightly contested. To date Nigeria has recorded two wins against Argentina's five, with the victories occurring during friendly matches. Nigeria came close to defeating Argentina in their first meeting, during which they held a lead for some minutes of the match. This was followed by a Confederations Cup match which saw Nigeria hold the side to a 0–0 draw. The match-up holds some importance to many Nigerian football fans who regard the challenge as an important measuring stick for the development of Nigerian football. However it means less to Argentinean fans, having taken less interest with each passing cycle that Nigeria failed to engineer a meaningful competitive victory.[13][14][15][16]

Media coverage[edit]

The Nigerian football federation currently has an active deal with the parent company of AIT and Ray Power Radio.[17] Internationally, Nigeria's qualifiers and African Cup matches are regularly broadcast abroad by the multi-platform international sports network, beIN Sports and South African broadcaster SuperSport.[18] Nigeria's international friendlies are regularly scheduled in the UK through independent organizers and are marketed to the country's large population of Nigerian expatriates.

Supporters[edit]

The Nigerian Football Supporters Club (NFSC) is the primary supporters club for the Nigerian football team.[19] Though the club is most notable at Nigeria's home matches wearing green-themed embroidered outfits specific to the club along with wigs, hats and large sunglasses while dancing, singing, playing drums and trumpets, as well as carrying pom poms, culturally significant objects, inflatable beachballs, and waving flags; they have also shown a presence traveling abroad to support Nigeria in away matches.[20][21] However, the club's efforts at improving the atmosphere at Nigeria's home and away matches are beset by funding issues, corruption and infighting.[22] The club's current head, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, has drawn criticism from its membership and is under pressure to defer the leadership to one of his deputies.[23]

A regular sight at Nigerian home matches is also their brass and percussion band, whose rendition of well-known Highlife songs provides Nigerian home matches with a unique feel. In Nigeria, these performers are occasionally conspicuous with their military uniforms or they may be members of the Football Supporters Club.[24] A popular chant among supporters from all over the country, after a goal scored, is "Oshe Baba!", which means "Thank you father!" in Yoruba.

Kits evolution[edit]

The Nigeria national team has traditionally utilized a mostly-solid green on green primary set with white numbering, lettering, and highlights; coupled with all-white reversed secondary kits, all emblematic of the colors of the Nigerian flag. The shade of green has varied over the years. An olive drab-tinged, forest green was frequently favored during the 1980s to the early 1990s, and jade has appeared in each of those decades as well; even harlequin has been utilized. Over the last decade, the team has appeared to settle on the more standard office green which most closely resembles the shade used on the flag. Nigeria's first national teams used a solid scarlet top over white shorts and socks until the country adopted its current colors after its independence.[12]

On 23 April 2015, Nike was announced to be the current supplier of Nigeria's kits after Adidas ended their kit contract with the Nigeria Football Federation.[25][26] Before that, Nike supplied Nigeria's kit between 1998 and 2003.

Kit history[edit]

Nigeria current kit [ 2016–present ]
Home Alternatives

 

Nigeria Kit history
Competition/Seasons used Brand Home Alternate(s)
1949 UK Tour
1980 AfCoN Final
1984 AfCoN Final
1988 AfCoN Final
1990 AfCoN Final
1994 World Cup
1998 World Cup
2002 World Cup
2010 World Cup
2013 AfCoN Final
2014 World Cup

Home stadium[edit]

The Abuja National Stadium (also known as National Stadium or Abuja Stadium) serves as the official home stadium of the Super Eagles. Several international matches are played in other stadiums across the country. However, since the construction of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, most of the Super Eagles' important home matches have been played there.

Super Eagles match venues[edit]

Stadium Capacity Commissioned City State/territory Ref
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium 30,000 2012 Uyo Akwa Ibom [27][28]
Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium 38,000 2015 Port Harcourt Rivers [29]
Abuja National Stadium 60,491 2000 Abuja FCT
Lagos National Stadium 45,000 1972 Surulere Lagos
U. J. Esuene Stadium 16,000 1977 Calabar Cross River
Teslim Balogun Stadium 24,325 1984 Surulere Lagos
Obafemi Awolowo Stadium 25,000 1960 Ibadan Oyo
Sani Abacha Stadium 25,000 1998 Kano Kano
Ahmadu Bello Stadium 16,000 1965 Kaduna Kaduna

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

1994 World Cup[edit]

Clemens Westerhof managed the team from 1989 through the 1994 World Cup.

Nigeria finally reached the World Cup for the first time in 1994 after years of struggling to get there. 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 Emmanuel Amunike at 25 minutes. Nigeria were within two minutes of qualifying for the Quarter-finals, 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 and 2006 World Cups[edit]

The 2002 World Cup in South 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 Argentina would go on to 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 failed to qualify 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.[30]

2010 World Cup[edit]

On 14 November 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3–2 in Nairobi.[31]

Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a controversial Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute.[32][33] 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. In their last group stage match against South Korea, Nigeria took an early lead in the 12th minute off of a great finish by Kalu Uche after a low cross from Chidi Odiah. However, goals from Lee Jung-Soo and Park Chu-Young gave South Korea a 2–1 lead, which looked to be enough for South Korea to advance into the round of 16. However, Nigeria got a chance in the 66th minute that the Super Eagles will probably never forget. On the end of a pass from Ayila Yussuf that was fed through the South Korean defense was none other than Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Once the pass found Yakubu's foot about four yards away from the empty goal, Yakubu pushed the ball wide of the left post to keep South Korea ahead 2–1. Three minutes later, Yakubu was able to calmly finish a penalty to knot the score at two apiece, but the damage was done as Nigeria was unable to score again and the match ended in a 2–2 draw. With this result, Nigeria was eliminated from the 2010 World Cup with just one point, while South Korea advanced into the round of 16 with four points. On 30 June 2010, following the team's early exit and poor showing, the then President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national football team from international competition for two years.[34] This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.[35]

On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions,[36] but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after.[37] On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup.[37] 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.[38]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Nigeria's campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup opened with a disappointing 0–0 draw against Iran. Four days later the team played their second game against Bosnia and Herzegovina. A 29th-minute Emmanuel Emenike's controversial goal gave Nigeria their first World Cup win since 1998. They faced Argentina some days later : 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, Lionel Messi was substituted and handed over his captaincy to Marcos Rojo only for Rojo to put Argentina 3–2 ahead minutes later.

Nigeria lost the match, but still qualified for the round of 16. In the Round of 16 Nigeria faced France, an 18th-minute stabbed shot from Emmanuel Emenike saw the ball in the net, past the French goal-keeper but the goal was ruled off-side by the linesman. Nigeria held them off until the 79th minute when a cross and a Paul Pogba header gifted France the lead. An accidental own goal by Super Eagles Captain Joseph Yobo in injury time put the result beyond any doubt: Nigeria was out. This is the third time Nigeria is eliminated in the round of 16 and they were not still able to enter the Quarter-finals in the FIFA World Cup.

2018 World Cup[edit]

On 24 June 2016, The Confederation of African Football released the draw for the 3rd round of the World Cup qualifiers which saw Nigeria grouped in what was described as a "group of death"; alongside Zambia, Algeria, and Cameroon. Nigeria started her group stage matches with a 2–1 win over Zambia in Ndola and defeated Algeria 3–1 in their second match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, They went on to beat Cameroon 5–1 home and away in a back to back contest. The Super Eagles of Nigeria became the first African team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Zambia 1–0 in Uyo.[39][40][41]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Host(s) Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930  Uruguay Did not enter
1934  Italy
1938  France
1950  Brazil
1954   Switzerland
1958  Sweden
1962  Chile Did not qualify
1966  England Withdrew[n 1][42]
1970  Mexico Did not qualify
1974  West Germany
1978  Argentina
1982  Spain
1986  Mexico
1990  Italy
1994  USA Round of 16 9th 4 2 0 2 7 4
1998  France 12th 4 2 0 2 6 9
2002  South Korea
 Japan
Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 1 3
2006  Germany Did not qualify
2010  South Africa Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 3 5
2014  Brazil Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 3 5
2018  Russia Qualified
2022  Qatar To be determined
Total Round of 16 6/21 18 5 3 10 20 26
Notes
  1. ^ All African nations withdrew due to a lack of qualifying berths.

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

1963 – 1978[edit]

Nigeria first appeared in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1963, They were drawn in a group with Sudan, and the then United Arab Republic, They did not advance to the next stage. The team withdrew from two African Cup of Nations between 1963 and 1974, due to political instability. In 1976, they came back to the Cup of Nations with third-place finishes in both the 1976 and 1978 Africa cup of Nations

1980 – 1990[edit]

Nigeria hosted the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations and also won their first Cup of Nations Title that year in Lagos. Nigeria came out as runners-up three times and had one group stage elimination, between 1982 and 1990. They also failed to qualify for the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.

1992 – 2006[edit]

Nigeria appeared again in the African cup of Nations in 1992 and 1994, they finished third in 1992 and won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, which was the second time they won the tournament. In 1996 the team withdrew from the tournament due to the political tensions in the country as at that time, they were also banned from entering the 1998 African Cup of Nations. In 2000 they returned to the Cup of Nations and were the runner-up. They later finished in third place at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

2008 – 2017[edit]

In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria ended their campaign in the quarter finals after losing to Ghana. They qualified for 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted by Angola, but were eliminated by Ghana in the semi-finals. They failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after ending the qualifiers with a 2–2 draw against Guinea with goals from Ikechukwu Uche and Victor Obinna. Nigeria came back in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hosted in South Africa; after playing through the tournament with an unbeaten run, they defeated Burkina Faso in the finals to lift the Cup for the third time. However, they did not qualify for either of the next two tournaments.[43]

2019 Nations Cup[edit]

On 13 January 2017, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. The Super Eagles were grouped in group E alongside South Africa, Seychelles, and Libya. despite failing to qualify for both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations they still are seen as the favourite team to qualify from the group.

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957 Did Not Enter
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Withdrew
Ghana 1963 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 10
Tunisia 1965 Withdrew
Ethiopia 1968 Did Not Qualify
Sudan 1970 Withdrew
Cameroon 1972 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 11 10
Ghana 1978 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 8 5
Nigeria 1980 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 8 1
Libya 1982 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5
Ivory Coast 1984 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 7 8
Egypt 1986 Did Not Qualify
Morocco 1988 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 5 3
Algeria 1990 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 3 8
Senegal 1992 Third Place 3rd 5 4 0 1 8 5
Tunisia 1994 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 9 3
South Africa 1996 Withdrew
Burkina Faso 1998 Banned
GhanaNigeria 2000 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 2 0 12 5
Mali 2002 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 4 2
Tunisia 2004 Third Place 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 5
Egypt 2006 Third Place 3rd 6 4 1 1 7 3
Ghana 2008 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 3 3
Angola 2010 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 6 4
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2013 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 4
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did Not Qualify
Gabon 2017
Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total 3 Titles 17/29 86 45 22 19 120 84
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

African Nations Championship record[edit]

Nigeria have qualified for two of the last three African Nations Championship. Their first appearance in the tournament was in 2014 when they lost to Ghana in the semi finals and later beat Zimbabwe 1–0 to take third place in the Tournament. Nigeria qualified for the 2016 African Nations Championship but were eliminated in the group stage. They qualified again for the 2018 edition of the Championship to be hosted in Morocco after beating Benin Republic 2–0 (2–1 on aggregate) at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan Sudan 2011
South Africa South Africa 2014 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 12 8
Rwanda Rwanda 2016 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 5 3
Morocco Morocco 2018 Qualified
Ethiopia Ethiopia 2020 To be decided
Total 2/3 11th 9 4 3 2 17 11

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Nigeria first appeared in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1995, after they won the 1994 Cup of Nations which was their second African Cup of Nations Title. Despite having been absent for years, they returned to the competition in 2013 as the team to represent Africa after their successful run in the 2013 Cup of Nations and they were placed in group B where they lost to both Spain and Uruguay in the last two group stage matches after beating Tahiti 6–1 in their first match. They lost out of qualification to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after failing to qualify for the 2017 Cup of Nations.

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 Did Not Qualify
2021 To be determined
Total Fourth Place 2/10 6 2 2 2 11 7 -

Team honours and achievements[edit]

Winners (3): Gold medal africa.svg 1980, Gold medal africa.svg 1994, Gold medal africa.svg 2013
Runners-up (4): Silver medal africa.svg 1984, Silver medal africa.svg 1988, Silver medal africa.svg 1990, Silver medal africa.svg 2000
  • 1There were three editions of the LG Cup held in 2004 in April, August and October.

Recent results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017 (Main national team)[edit]

* Corsica is not a FIFA member. Game is not an official match and statistics do not count towards FIFA ranking.

2018[edit]


2017 (Home and Africa-based national team)[edit]

** African Nations Championship and WAFU Nations Cup tournament matches take place outside of the official FIFA international competition dates and are contested primarily between domestic-based players for each nation. National team players based abroad are not required to be released for these competitions. Matches played do count towards FIFA ranking but are officially calculated as "friendly" matches. [57]

2018[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Nigerian Super Eagles managerial staff is made up of a technical adviser who serves as the coach in charge of full international matches and a chief coach who serves as the first assistant coach in charge of the home-based Super Eagles as well as the CHAN tournament and other home based competitions. Other positions also include the technical assistants and the goalkeeper trainer. Gernot Rohr is the Super Eagle's Technical Adviser, he has held this position since 2016.[58][59][60][61]

Position Name
Technical Adviser Germany Gernot Rohr
Chief Coach Nigeria Salisu Yusuf
Technical Assistant France Jean Luc Royer
Technical Assistant II Brazil Everson Ferreira
Video Analyst Tunisia Nabil Trabelsi
Assistant Coach Nigeria Imama Amapakabo
Goalkeeper Trainer Nigeria Alloysius Agu

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the squad for the World Cup qualifying match against  Algeria on 10 November and the friendly match against  Argentina on 14 November 2017.[62]
Caps and goals current as of 14 November, 2017 after the match against  Argentina. All caps/goals against FIFA members only.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Daniel Akpeyi (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 31) 7 0 South Africa Chippa United
16 1GK Ikechukwu Ezenwa (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 29) 19 0 Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah
23 1GK Francis Uzoho (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña

2 2DF Ola Aina (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 21) 3 0 England Hull City
4 2DF Kenneth Omeruo (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 24) 36 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa
5 2DF William Troost-Ekong (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 24) 17 0 Turkey Bursaspor
6 2DF Leon Balogun (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 (age 28) 15 0 Germany Mainz 05
12 2DF Shehu Abdullahi (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 24) 21 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
17 2DF Tyronne Ebuehi (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
20 2DF Chidozie Awaziem (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 20) 3 0 France Nantes
21 2DF Brian Idowu (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 25) 1 1 Russia Amkar Perm

3 3MF Uche Henry Agbo (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège
8 3MF Oghenekaro Etebo (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995 (age 22) 12 1 Portugal Feirense
10 3MF John Obi Mikel (Captain) (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 30) 82 6 China Tianjin Teda
13 3MF Wilfred Ndidi (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 20) 14 0 England Leicester City
15 3MF Chidiebere Nwakali (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Norway Sogndal
19 3MF John Ogu (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 29) 16 2 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva

7 4FW Ahmed Musa (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 25) 67 13 England Leicester City
9 4FW Olarenwaju Kayode (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Spain Girona
11 4FW Henry Onyekuru (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Belgium Anderlecht
14 4FW Kelechi Iheanacho (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 21) 14 8 England Leicester City
18 4FW Alex Iwobi (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 21) 14 4 England Arsenal
22 4FW Anthony Nwakaeme (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Nigeria squad within the last 12 months.[63][64][65][66]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dele Ajiboye (1990-08-07) 7 August 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Nigeria Plateau United v.  Zambia, 7 October 2017
GK Theophilus Afelokhai (1988-04-07) 7 April 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations PRE
GK Dele Alampasu (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Feirense v.  Cameroon, 4 September 2017
GK Okiemute Odah (1988-11-23) 23 November 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Nigeria Lobi Stars v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
GK Carl Ikeme (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 31) 9 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Senegal, 22 March 2017 INJ

DF Elderson Echiéjilé (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 29) 60 3 Turkey Sivasspor v.  Zambia, 7 October 2017
DF Chima Akas (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 23) 18 0 Nigeria Enyimba 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Stephen Eze (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 23) 7 0 Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Olamilekan Aniyikaye (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Daniel James 1 0 Nigeria Plateau United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Orji Kalu (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 26) 5 0 Albania Tirana 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations PRE
DF Jamiu Alimi (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 25) 4 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
DF Chinedu Ajanah (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Nigeria ABS v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
DF Elijah Golbe 0 0 Nigeria Plateau United v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
DF Nasiru Sani (1996-12-01) 1 December 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
DF Musa Muhammed (1996-10-31) 31 October 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Senegal, 22 March 2017
DF Kingsley Madu (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem v.  Senegal, 22 March 2017

MF Ogenyi Onazi (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 24) 48 1 Turkey Trabzonspor v.  Algeria, 10 November 2017 INJ
MF Moses Simon (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 22) 19 4 Belgium Gent v.  Algeria, 10 November 2017 INJ
MF Mikel Agu (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Turkey Bursaspor v.  Algeria, 10 November 2017 PRE
MF Victor Moses (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 27) 30 10 England Chelsea v.  Zambia, 7 October 2017
MF Rabiu Ali (1986-06-23) 23 June 1986 (age 31) 17 6 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Osas Okoro (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 27) 14 2 Nigeria Enugu Rangers 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 22) 8 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Aremu Afeez (1999-10-03) 3 October 1999 (age 18) 7 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Samuel Mathias (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Nigeria El-Kanemi Warriors 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Destiny Ashadi (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Nigeria Katsina United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Thomas Zenke (1993-01-30) 30 January 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Nigeria Nasarawa United v.  Benin, 19 August 2017
MF Emeka Atuloma (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Nigeria Rivers United v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
MF Raphael Ayagwa (1997-02-04) 4 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Lobi Stars v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
MF Maarouf Youssef (1992-02-20) 20 February 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Egypt Zamalek v.  South Africa, 17 June 2017

FW Odion Ighalo (1989-06-16) 16 June 1989 (age 28) 15 4 China Changchun Yatai v.  Algeria, 10 November 2017 INJ
FW Kingsley Eduwo (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 21) 5 1 Nigeria Lobi Stars 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Anthony Okpotu (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 23) 5 1 Nigeria Lobi Stars 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Ubong Friday (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Peter Eneji (1999-04-08) 8 April 1999 (age 18) 3 2 Nigeria Plateau United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Gabriel Okechukwu (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Sikiru Olatunbosun 3 0 Nigeria MFM 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations PRE
FW Aaron Olanare (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 23) 7 2 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Cameroon, 1 September 2017
FW Ibrahim Alhassan (1996-11-03) 3 November 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Austria Austria Wien v.  Cameroon, 1 September 2017 PRE
FW Stephen Odey (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 19) 3 0 Switzerland Zürich v.  Benin, 19 August 2017
FW Ifeanyi George (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers v.  Benin, 19 August 2017
FW Prince Aggreh (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
FW Mfon Udoh (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 25) 2 1 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
FW Sunday Adetunji (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Abia Warriors v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
FW Chiamaka Madu (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
FW Austin Oladapo 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Benin, 13 August 2017 PRE
FW Victor Osimhen (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 18) 2 0 Germany Wolfsburg v.  South Africa, 17 June 2017
FW Isaac Success (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 21) 1 0 England Watford v.  Togo, 1 June 2017
FW Noah Bazee (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Togo, 1 June 2017

INJ Withdrew because of an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.

All-time player records[edit]

As of 7 October 2017

Most capped players[edit]

Vincent Enyeama is Nigeria's most capped player alongside former Captain Joseph Yobo
  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
Most caps[67]
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Vincent Enyeama 101 0 2002–2015
Joseph Yobo 101 7 2001–2014
3 Nwankwo Kanu 86 13 1994–2011
4 Mudashiru Lawal 86 11 1975–1985
5 John Obi Mikel 82 6 2006–Present
6 Jay-Jay Okocha 73 14 1993–2006
7 Ahmed Musa 66 13 2010–Present
8 Peter Odemwingie 63 10 2002–Present
9 Finidi George 62 6 1991–2002
10 Stephen Keshi 60 9 1981–1994
Elderson Echiéjilé 60 2 2009-Present

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rashidi Yekini is Nigeria's top goal scorer in history with 37 goals
Top scorers[67]
# Player Goals Caps Goals ratio Career
1 Rashidi Yekini 37 58 0.64 1983–1998
2 Segun Odegbami 22 47 0.47 1976–1981
3 Yakubu Aiyegbeni 21 58 0.36 2000–2012
4 Ikechukwu Uche 19 46 0.42 2007–2014
5 Obafemi Martins 18 40 0.45 2004–Present
6 Julius Aghahowa 14 31 0.45 2000–2007
Asuquo Ekpe 14 28 0.5 1956–1966
Jay-Jay Okocha 14 73 0.19 1993–2006
Thompson Usiyan 14 unk unk 1976–1981
10 Daniel Amokachi 13 46 0.28 1990–1999
Nwankwo Kanu 13 86 0.15 1994–2011
Sunday Oyarekhua 13 30 0.42 1971–1976
Samson Siasia 13 46 0.28 1984–1998
Victor Obinna 13 48 0.27 2006–2014
Ahmed Musa 13 63 0.21 2010–Present

Managers[edit]

Source.[68][69]

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