Nigeria national under-17 football team
|Association||Nigeria Football Association|
|Head coach||Manu Garba|
|Home stadium||Abuja Stadium|
|Africa U-17 Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1995)|
|Best result||Champions, 2001, 2007|
|FIFA U-17 World Cup|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1985)|
|Best result||Champions, 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015|
|U-17 World Cup|
|2007 South Korea||Team|
|2013 United Arab Emirates||Team|
The team won the maiden edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 at China, the 1985 Edition tournament was sponsored by Kodak (when it was known as the U-16 tournament), 1993, 2007, 2013, and 2015 (Becoming only the second team since Brazil to win it back to back); making them the first team ever to win the junior world cup five times. They also won the African Under-17 Championship in 2001 and 2007, and were runners-up in 1995.
After the 2007 victory there was some discussion as to whether the success should be rewarded in the form of cash, or if longer-term investments were more suitable for teenage players. It was pointed out that some previous players had found themselves reduced to poverty due to injury or mismanagement of their funds.
Although Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, they participated again in the 2013 edition of the tournament. Planning was thrown into disarray however in August when key members of the team was determined by MRI scanning to be overage and excluded from the team. In their first match, the team defeated the defending champions Mexico with a 6-1 score. They only failed to defeat Sweden in the group stage, but they did so in the semi-finals. In the final match they faced and defeated Mexico for a second time, obtaining their fourth U-17 World Cup and becoming the national team to win the most U-17 tournaments so far.
FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Africa U-17 Cup of Nations record
A gold background colour indicates that Nigeria won the tournament.
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- Team Coordinator: Suleiman Abubakar
- Secretary: Egbaiyelo Tayo
- Media Coordinator: Morakinyo Abodunrin
- Head Coach: Garba Manu
- Assistant Coaches: Nduka Ugbade and Emmanuel Amuneke
- Goalkeeper Coach: Emeka Amadi
- Doctor: Olarinoye Ayodeji
- Physiotherapist: Oyegunna Gabriel
- Equipment Manager: Mohammed Kafa Usman
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||John Amah||21 November 2002|
|16||GK||John Essien||25 December 2004|
|20||GK||Joseph Oluwabusola||1 January 2003|
|6||DF||David Ishaya||10 October 2002|
|3||DF||Sunday Odey||16 June 2002|
|5||DF||Clement Ikenna||16 March 2003|
|12||DF||Muhammad Ibrahim||15 December 2002|
|15||DF||Adam Mustapha||16 November 2002|
|18||MF||Tunde Akinsola||10 March 2003|
|4||MF||Samson Tijani||17 May 2002|
|10||MF||Hassan Hussain||21 November 2002||El Kanemi Warriors|
|13||MF||Akinkunmi Amoo||7 June 2002|
|17||MF||Peter Agba||20 December 2002|
|19||MF||Ibraheem Jabaar||24 October 2002|
|14||MF||Olatomi Olaniyan||5 February 2002|
|9||FW||Timilehin Adeniyi||12 May 2002|
|7||FW||Olakunle Olusegun Jr.||23 April 2002|
|11||FW||Favour Akem||21 January 2002|
Notable former players
- Super Eagles (Nigeria national football team)
- Flying Eagles (Nigeria national under-20 football team)
- African U-17 Championship
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