Nigeria national football team
|Association||Nigeria Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Sunday Oliseh|
|Most caps||Vincent Enyeama (101)|
|Top scorer||Rashidi Yekini (37)|
|Home stadium||Abuja National Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||53 4 (6 August 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||5 (April 1994)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||82 (November 1999)|
|Elo ranking||47 (7 August 2015)|
|Highest Elo ranking||15 (31 May 2004)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||72 (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 and Trans-Volta Togoland 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, 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 FIFA World Cup hosted in Germany and reached the round of 16 three times. They made their first World cup appearance 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 Records
- 8 Managers
- 9 References
- 10 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.
FIFA World Cup
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 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. 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. 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 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 where not still able to enter the Quarter-finals in the FIFA World Cup.
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
1963 - 1978
Nigeria first appreared in the Africa Cup of Nation in 1963, They were drawn into group with Sudan, and the then United Arab Republic, They did not advance to the next stage. The team withdrew it self from two African Cup of Nations between 1963 to 1974, due to political insability. 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
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 to 1990. They also failed to qualify for the 1986 African cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.
1992 - 2006
Nigeria appeared again in the African cup of Nations in 1992 and 1994, they finished third place in 1992 and won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, which was the second time they won the tournament. In 1996 the team withdrew it self from the tournament due to the political tensions in the country as at that time, they where 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
In the 2008 African Cup of Nations, Nigeria ended their campaign in the quarter finals after losing to Ghana. They qualified for 2010 African Cup of Nations, hosted by Angola, but were eliminated by Egypt in the semi-finals. They failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations after ending on a 2-2 draw against Guinea with goals from Ikechukwu Uche and Victor Obinna. 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. The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations saw Nigeria, who were then the current champions, with no hope of qualification after ending on a draw with South Africa in Uyo, a match that Nigeria would have lost, but a dying minute strike from Sone Aluko put the teams level after which they were unable to score again, and bowed out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications
|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||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||To be determined|
|2019||To be determined|
|2021||To be determined|
|2023||To be determined|
- *Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
FIFA Confederations Cup
Nigeria have only been in the FIFA confederations cup two times, first in 1995 when they took their second African Cup of Nations Title. The second time Nigeria came to the FIFA Confederations Cup was in 2013, were 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|
|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
|4 January 2014 Friendly||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)
|11 January 2014 2014 African Nations Championship||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)
|15 January 2014 2014 African Nations Championship||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)
|19 January 2014 2014 African Nations Championship||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)
|25 January 2014 2014 African Nations Championship||Morocco||3 – 4 (aet)||Nigeria||Cape Town, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Moutouali 33', 40'
|Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
|29 January 2014 2014 African Nations Championship||Nigeria||0 – 0 (aet)
(1 – 4 p)
|Ghana||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|20:30 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Free State Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|1 February 2014 2014 African Nations Championship||Zimbabwe||0 – 1||Nigeria||Cape Town Stadium|
|17:00 UTC+2||Report||Obiozor 85'||Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Victor Miguel Gomes (South Africa)
|5 March 2014 Friendly||Mexico||0 – 0||Nigeria||Atlanta, United States|
|20:30 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Georgia Dome
Referee: Wálter Quesada (Costa Rica)
|28 May 2014 Friendly||Scotland||2 – 2||Nigeria||London, England|
|20:00 UTC±0||Mulgrew 10'
Egwuekwe 52' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Craven Cottage
Referee: Lee Probert, England
|3 June 2014 Friendly||Nigeria||0 – 0||Greece||Chester, United States|
|17:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: PPL Park
Referee: Élmer Bonilla, (El Salvador)
|7 June 2014 Friendly||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)
|16 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup||Iran||0 – 0||Nigeria||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Report||Stadium: Arena da Baixada
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
|21 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup||Nigeria||1 – 0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Cuiabá, Brazil|
|Odemwingie 29'||Report||Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
|25 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup||Nigeria||2 – 3||Argentina||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|Musa 4', 47'||Report||Messi 3', 45+1'
|Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
|30 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup||France||2 – 0||Nigeria||Brasília, Brazil|
Yobo 90+1' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|6 September 2014 2015 ACN qualification||Nigeria||2 – 3||Congo||Calabar, Nigeria|
|17:00 UTC+1||Ambrose 13'
Bifouma 40', 53' (pen.)
|Stadium: U. J. Esuene Stadium
Referee: Joseph Lamptey (Ghana)
|10 September 2014 2015 ACN qualification||South Africa||0 – 0||Nigeria||Cape Town, South Africa|
|20:05 UTC+2||Report (CAF)
|Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
|11 October 2014 2015 ACN qualification||Sudan||1 – 0||Nigeria||Khartoum, Sudan|
|20:00 UTC+3||Almadina 41'||Report||Stadium: Khartoum Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|15 October 2014 2015 ACN qualification||Nigeria||3 – 1||Sudan||Abuja, Nigeria|
|17:00 UTC+1||Musa 48', 89'
|Report||Ibrahim 55'||Stadium: Abuja Stadium
Referee: Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
|15 November 2014 2015 ACN qualification||Congo||0 – 2||Nigeria||Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo|
|15:30 UTC+1||Report||Uche 59' (pen.)
|Stadium: Stade Municipal
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
|19 November 2014 2015 ACN qualification||Nigeria||2 – 2||South Africa||Uyo, Nigeria|
|18:00 UTC+1||Aluko 68', 90+4'||Report||Rantie 42', 48'||Stadium: Akwa Ibom Stadium
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)
|11 January 2015 Friendly||Nigeria||0 – 1||Ivory Coast||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Report||Kalou 84'||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium
|17 January 2015 Friendly||Nigeria||2 – 0||Yemen||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Report||Stadium: The Sevens Stadium
|25 March 2015 Friendly||Nigeria||0 – 1||Uganda||Uyo, Nigeria|
|16:00 UTC+1||Report||Miya 81'||Stadium: Akwa Ibom Stadium
Referee: William Agbovi (Ghana)
|29 March 2015 Friendly||South Africa||1 – 1||Nigeria||Nelspruit, South Africa|
|Zungu 90+3'||Report||Musa 85'||Stadium: Mbombela Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|13 June 2015 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||Nigeria||2–0||Chad||Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna|
|16:00 UTC+1||Salami 62'
|Report||Referee: Ibrahim Mamane (Niger)
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. Before that, Nike supplied Nigeria's kit between 1998 to 2003.
|Head Coach||Sunday Oliseh|
|Technical Director||Shaibu Amodu|
|Assistant Coach||Jean Francois Losciuto|
|Assistant Coach||Salisu Yusuf|
|Goalkeeper Trainer||Alloysius Agu|
|Goalkeeper Trainer||Ike Shorunmu|
The following players were named to the squad for the September 2015 Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.
Caps and goals current as of 13 June 2015 after match against Chad.
All caps/goals against FIFA members only.
The following players have also been called up to the Nigeria squad within the last 12 months.
- INJ: Withdrew because of an injury.
- PRE: Preliminary squad.
- As of 13 June 2015
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