Nigeria national football team

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Nigeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Super Eagles
Association Nigeria Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Salisu Yusuf
Captain John Obi Mikel
Most caps Vincent Enyeama (101)
Top scorer Rashidi Yekini (37)
Home stadium Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium
FIFA code NGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 70 Decrease 9 (14 July 2016)
Highest 5 (April 1994)
Lowest 82 (November 1999)
Elo ranking
Current 51 (28 June 2016)
Highest 15 (31 May 2004)
Lowest 72 (27 December 1964)
First international
Ng westafricasettlements.png Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 8 October 1949)[1]
Biggest win
 Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey 
(Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Gold Coast and Trans-Volta Togoland Gold Coast (British colony) 7–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
World Cup
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
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1995)
Best result Fourth Place, 1995

The Nigeria national football team, known as the "Super Eagles", represents Nigeria in international association football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). They are three times African Champions, with their recent title in 2013, defeating Burkina Faso in the final. During April 1994, the Super Eagles ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest FIFA ranking ever achieved by an African football team. They have qualified for five of the last six FIFA World Cups, except for the 2006 hosted in Germany and they reached the round of 16 three times. They made their first World Cup appearance in the United States in 1994.

History[edit]

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 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.[citation needed]

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 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 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 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 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.[4]

2010 World Cup[edit]

On 14 November 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3–2 in Nairobi.[5]

Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute.[6] 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.[7] This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.[8]

On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions,[9] but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after.[10] On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup.[10] 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.[11]

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil[edit]

Nigeria's campaign opened with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Iran. Four days later the team played their second game against Bosnia and Herzegovina. A 29th-minute Peter Odemwingie's controversy 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 Marcos 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 FIFA World Cup Qualification[edit]

On 24 June 2016, The Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the draw for the 3rd round of the World Cup qualifiers which saw Nigeria been group in what was described as a group of death, alongside Zambia, Algeria, and Cameroon. All four former African champions where grouped in group B of the 3rd round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with only one team progressing to the World Cup. Nigeria however been the favourite team in the group failed to qualify for both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after having won the 2013 edition.[citation needed]

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][12]
1970  MEX Did not qualify
1974  FRG
1978  ARG
1982  ESP
1986  MEX
1990  ITA
1994  USA Round of 16 9th 4 2 0 2 7 4
1998  FRA 12th 4 2 0 2 6 9
2002  KOR and  JPN Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 1 3
2006  GER Did not qualify
2010  RSA Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 3 5
2014  BRA Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 3 5
2018  RUS To be decided
2022  QAT To be decided
Total Round of 16 5/20 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 Nation 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 Africa 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 African 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 took the runners up. they later finished third place In the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Africa Cup of Nations respectively.

2008 - 2015[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 Egypt in the semi-finals. They failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after ending on a 2-2 draw against Guinea with goals from Ikechukwu Uche and Victor Obinna.

The super Eagles of Nigeria during the 2013 AFCON in South Africa

Nigeria came back with full force in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by South Africa; after playing through the tournament with an unbeaten run, they confronted 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.[13]

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 5 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.

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Nigeria have only been in the FIFA confederations cup two times, first in 1995 some months after they took their second African Cup of Nations Title. The second time Nigeria came to the FIFA Confederations Cup was in 2013, where they lost to both Spain and Uruguay in the last two group stage matches after beating Tahiti 6-1 in their first match.

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 Nigeria Results[edit]

Nigeria results as of May 31, 2016.

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Kit history[edit]

1994 WC Home
1994 WC Away
Atlanta 1996 Home
1998 WC Home
1998 WC Away
2002 WC Home
2002 WC Away
2010 WC Home
2014 WC Home

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.[24][25] Before that, Nike supplied Nigeria's kit between 1998 and 2003.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Salisu Yusuf
Technical Director Vacant
Assistant Coach Nigeria Imama Amapakabo
Goalkeeper Trainer Nigeria Alloysius Agu

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the squad for the friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg on 27 and 31 May, 2016.[26]

Caps and goals current as of 31 May 2016, after match against Luxembourg.
All caps/goals against FIFA members only.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ikechukwu Ezenwa (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 27) 7 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars
1GK Carl Ikeme (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 30) 7 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
1GK Daniel Akpeyi (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 29) 3 0 South Africa Chippa United

2DF Elderson Echiéjilé (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 28) 51 3 France Monaco
2DF Kenneth Omeruo (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 22) 32 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa
2DF Shehu Abdullahi (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 23) 12 0 Portugal Uniao Madeira
2DF Leon Balogun (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 (age 27) 7 0 Germany Mainz 05
2DF William Troost-Ekong (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 22) 6 0 Norway Haugesund
2DF Wilfred Ndidi (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 19) 3 0 Belgium Racing Genk
2DF Gbenga Arokoyo (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Turkey Gaziantepspor
2DF Kingsley Madu (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Slovakia AS Trenčín
2DF Chidozie Awaziem (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal FC Porto
2DF Musa Mohammed (1996-10-31) 31 October 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Turkey Başakşehir

3MF John Obi Mikel (Captain[27]) (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 29) 75 4 England Chelsea
3MF Ogenyi Onazi (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 23) 40 1 Italy Lazio
3MF Michel Babatunde (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 23) 11 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca
3MF Etebo Oghenekaro (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995 (age 20) 6 1 Portugal Feirense
3MF Raheem Lawal (1990-05-04) 4 May 1990 (age 26) 6 0 Turkey Osmanlıspor

4FW Kelechi Iheanacho (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 19) 4 2 England Manchester City
4FW Ahmed Musa (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 23) 58 11 England Leicester City
4FW Brown Ideye (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 27) 26 6 Greece Olympiacos
4FW Victor Moses (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 25) 25 7 England West Ham United
4FW Moses Simon (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 21) 12 3 Belgium Gent
4FW Odion Ighalo (1989-06-16) 16 June 1989 (age 27) 11 3 England Watford
4FW Aaron Samuel (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 22) 7 2 Russia CSKA Moscow
4FW Alex Iwobi (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 20) 6 0 England Arsenal
4FW Aminu Umar (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Turkey Osmanlıspor

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Nigeria squad within the last 12 months. [28][29][30]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emmanuel Daniel (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
GK Olufemi Thomas (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
GK Dele Alampasu (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Feirense v.  Swaziland, 17 November 2015

DF Chima Akas (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 22) 11 0 Nigeria Akwa United v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Chibuzor Okonkwo (1988-12-16) 16 December 1988 (age 27) 10 0 Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Godfrey Oboabona (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 24) 47 1 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Efe Ambrose (1988-10-18) 18 October 1988 (age 27) 51 4 Scotland Celtic v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Austin Oboroakpo (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 23) 6 0 Nigeria Abia Warriors v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Orji Kalu (1992-06-09) 9 June 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Matthew Etim (1989-09-02) 2 September 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Segun Oduduwa (1995-10-10) 10 October 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Nath Boys v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Stanley Amuzie (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Portugal Olhanense v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
DF Stephen Eze (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars v.  Tanzania, 6 September 2015 PRE
DF Nelson Ogbonnaya (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria Heartland v.  Tanzania, 6 September 2015 PRE

MF Usman Mohammed (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Nigeria Taraba v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
MF Stanley Dimgba (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
MF Ifeanyi Mathew (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
MF Azubuike Okechukwu (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
MF Paul Onobi (1992-12-27) 27 December 1992 (age 23) 6 0 Finland KuPS v.  Swaziland, 17 November 2015
MF Sylvester Igboun (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 25) 6 0 Russia Ufa v.  Swaziland, 17 November 2015
MF Rabiu Ibrahim (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 25) 5 0 Slovakia Trenčín v.  Swaziland, 17 November 2015
MF Nwankwo Obiora (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 25) 3 0 Portugal Académica de Coimbra v.  Cameroon, 11 October 2015
MF Joel Obi (1991-05-22) 22 May 1991 (age 25) 12 0 Italy Torino v.  Niger 8 Sept. 2015
MF Lukman Haruna (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 (age 25) 8 1 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Niger 8 Sept. 2015
MF Izunna Uzochukwu (1990-04-11) 11 April 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Russia Amkar Perm v.  Niger 8 Sept. 2015
MF Yaro Bature (1990-07-28) July 28, 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Nigeria Nasarawa United v.  Niger 8 Sept. 2015
MF Kingsley Sokari (1995-05-30) 30 May 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Tanzania, 6 September 2015 PRE
MF Lordson Ichull (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Nigeria Warri Wolves v.  Tanzania, 6 September 2015 PRE

FW Chisom Chikatara (1994-11-24) 24 November 1994 (age 21) 5 4 Nigeria Abia Warriors v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
FW Prince Aggrey (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 19) 4 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
FW Ezekiel Bassey (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 19) 4 0 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
FW Bright Onyedikachi (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
FW Godwin Obaje (1990-02-08) 8 February 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Nigeria Wikki Tourists v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
FW Fanendo Adi (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 25) 0 0 United States Portland Timbers v.  Egypt, 26 March 2016
FW Obafemi Martins (1984-10-28) 28 October 1984 (age 31) 42 18 China Shanghai Greenland Shenhua v.  Swaziland, 17 November 2015
FW Emmanuel Emenike (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 29) 37 9 England West Ham United v.  Cameroon, 11 October 2015RET
FW Anthony Ujah (1988-04-07) 7 April 1988 (age 28) 7 0 China Liaoning Whowin v.  Niger 8 Sept. 2015
FW Emem Eduok (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Niger 8 Sept. 2015
FW Gbolahan Salami (1991-04-15) 15 April 1991 (age 25) 13 3 Finland KuPS v.  Tanzania, 6 September 2015 PRE
FW Tunde Adeniji (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia v.  Tanzania, 6 September 2015 PRE
  • INJ: Withdrew because of an injury.
  • PRE: Preliminary squad.
  • RET: Retired from international football.

All Time Player Records[edit]

As of 30 March 2016

Managers[edit]

Source[32]

References[edit]

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  32. ^ National Team Coaches/

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