Nigeria national football team

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Nigeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Super Eagles
AssociationNigeria Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachGernot Rohr
CaptainWilliam Troost-Ekong
Most capsVincent Enyeama
Joseph Yobo (101)
Top scorerRashidi Yekini (37)
Home stadiumMoshood Abiola National Stadium
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 34 Steady (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest5 (April 1994)
Lowest82 (November 1999)
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 Kingdom British Togoland 7–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances19 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1980, 1994, 2013)
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2014)
Best resultRunners-up (2018)
WAFU Nations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2010)
Best resultChampions (2010)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1995)
Best resultFourth place (1995)

The Nigeria national football team represents Nigeria in men's international football. Governed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), they are three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners, with their most recent title in 2013. In April 1994, the Nigerian national football team was ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings, the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by an African football team. Throughout history, the team has qualified for six of the last seven FIFA World Cups (as of 2018), missing only the 2006 edition and reaching the round of 16 on three occasions. Their first World Cup appearance was the 1994 edition. The team represents FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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,[4] 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. Nigeria's match against Marine A.F.C. at Rossett Park drew 6,000 spectators, a record for the small ground.

1963–1980[edit]

Nigeria first appeared in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1963, when they were drawn in a group with Sudan, and the then United Arab Republic. They did not advance to the next stage.

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 the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, losing to Argentina in a rematch of the 1996 Final of the event.[5][6][7]

In 1984,1988 and 2000,[8] Nigeria reached the Cup of Nations final, losing 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. Three notable occasions; narrowly losing out in the 1988 African Cup of Nations, qualifiers 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.[9]

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.

Countries qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup are shown in dark green
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. In 1996 the team withdrew from the tournament under pressure from the country's military dictator Sani Abacha due to the criticism received from the tournament hosts South Africa and especially its president Nelson Mandela, for the execution of Ogoni activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. Nigeria was subsequently banned from entering the 1998 African Cup of Nations.

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. This is currently the only World Cup where Nigeria qualified for without playing Argentina in the tournament finals.

In 2000 they returned to the Cup of Nations and were the runner-up and subsequently finished in third place at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

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.[10]

2008–2017[edit]

Egypt versus Nigeria lineup at 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Uzomedia

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.[11]

2010 World Cup[edit]

On 14 November 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3–2 in Nairobi.[12]

Nigeria played against South Korea at 2010 FIFA World Cup

Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a controversial Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute.[13][14] 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, on the end of a pass from Ayila Yussuf that was fed through the South Korean defense was none other than Yakubu, 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 leave South Korea still ahead 2–1. Three minutes later, Yakubu was able to calmly finish a penalty to knot the score at two apiece, but 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.[15] This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.[16]

On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions,[17] but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after.[18] On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup.[18] Four days later, however, the ban was "provisionally lifted" until 26 October, the day after the officially unrecognised players' union - National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) dropped its court case against the NFF.[19]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Line-ups for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F match between Nigeria and Bosnia & Herzegovina

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 controversial 29th-minute Peter Odemwingie goal gave Nigeria their first World Cup win since 1998. They faced Argentina another four 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]

Nigeria vs Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Nigeria vs Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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 their group stage matches with a 2–1 win over Zambia in Ndola[20] and defeated Algeria 3–1 in their second match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.[21] They went on to beat Cameroon 5–1 home and away in a back to back contest.[22]

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.[23][24][25] On 3 June 2018, coach Gernot Rohr unveiled a 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[26] Nigeria lost their first match of the tournament 0–2 to Croatia in Kaliningrad,[27] before they won 2–0 in the second match against brave Iceland,[28] with Ahmed Musa scoring both goals.[29] Nigeria had a huge chance to qualify to the next round as Argentina was demolished 3–0 by Croatia. Despite this advantage, they lost 2–1 in their last group stage match against Argentina,[30] with one goal by Victor Moses.[31] For this defeat, and followed with Iceland's defeat to Croatia, Nigeria missed the opportunity to advance to the round of 16 and got eliminated from the tournament.[32]

2019 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

The Super Eagles started their campaign at the 2019 AFCON by defeating Burundi 1–0 in group B opening match. They went on to defeat Guinea and lost 2–0 to Madagascar in their final group stage match. The round of 16 saw the national football team of Nigeria defeating Cameroon 3–2 with goals coming from Jude Ighalo and Iwobi, they later went on to confront South Africa in the quarter-finals of the tournament. An 89th-minute header from Troost-Ekong gave Nigeria the lead over South Africa and the match ended 2–1 in favour of Nigeria. Nigeria faced Algeria in the semi-finals and were knocked out of the tournament after a 95th minute free kick from Riyad Mahrez gave Algeria the lead. The Super Eagles later faced Tunisia in a third pace match which they won 1–0 with the only goal coming from Ighalo which made him the top scorer of the tournament.

2021 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

On 18 July 2019, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the draw for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. The Super Eagles were grouped in group L alongside Lesotho, Benin, and Sierra Leone. Nigeria started out by defeating Benin 2–1 at Uyo in their first group match and later went on to beat Lesotho 4–2 in an away match. In March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), postponed all AFCON qualifiers indefinitely.[33]

Team image[edit]

Argentina versus Nigeria in a friendly match on 14 November 2017

Kits and crest[edit]

The Nigeria national team has traditionally used 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 used. 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.[34]

On 23 April 2015, Nike was announced to be the supplier of Nigeria's kits after Adidas ended their kit contract with the NFF.[35][36] Before that, Nike supplied Nigeria's kit between 1998 and 2003.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit supplier Period Notes
Germany Erima 1980–1984[37]
United Kingdom Admiral 1984–1987[38]
Germany Adidas 1988–1994[39]
United States Nike 1994–2004
Germany Adidas 2004–2014[40]
United States Nike 2015–present

Kit deals[edit]

Kit supplier Period Contract
announcement
Contract
duration
Value Notes
United States Nike 2015–present
2015-04-23
1 May 2015 – 30 October 2018 (3 years & 6 months)[41] Total $3.75m / 743m Naira[42]
2018-11-20
1 November 2018 – 30 October 2022 (4 years) Undisclosed[43] The new deal is said to be worth significantly
more than the $3.75 million on the previous deal.

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.[44] The name was changed to the Green Eagles after independence in reference to the Nigerian state flag as well as the eagle which adorns the country's coat of arms. There had been deliberations for a while heading to the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations, where they were still called the Green Eagles, but at a reception after the tournament, the team's name was officially changed to the "Super Eagles".[45][46] 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".

Media coverage[edit]

The Nigerian football federation currently has an active deal with the parent company of AIT and Ray Power Radio.[47] 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.[48] 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]

Nigerian football supporters at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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.[49][50] However, the club's efforts at improving the atmosphere at Nigeria's home and away matches are beset by funding issues, corruption and infighting.[51] 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.[52]

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.[53] A popular chant among supporters from all over the country, after a goal scored, is "Oshe Baba!", which means "Thank you father!" in Yoruba.

Rivalries[edit]

Ghana[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, as well as being two of the most successful national teams in Africa. 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.[54] 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".[34] The two sides played for several rivalry and tournament cups during this period in which full international competition was barred to them.

Cameroon[edit]

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.

Their rivalry began in 1960 and since then, Nigeria has proved to be a more dominating team, but in all three AFCON Final matches at 1984, 1988 and 2000, Cameroon have all prevailed over Nigeria. The two national teams also repeatedly compete to show who is the best in Africa. While Cameroon has only managed to pass the group stage once, Cameroon has reached the quarter-finals, while Nigeria has been unable to do so.

Other African nations[edit]

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 8 October 1993 that enabled Nigeria to claim its first World Cup berth in the 1994 edition of the tournament. Nigeria since then had an undefeated streak to Algeria, until the semi-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when Algeria prevailed over Nigeria.

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.

Argentina[edit]

Nigeria starting eleven versus Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

In five of its first six 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 fairly against the footballing giant.[55] The fixture is the most common in the competition's history involving an African nation.[56] All five matches have been won by Argentina, but all were by a one-goal margin (2–1 in 1994, 1–0 in 2002, 1–0 in 2010, 3–2 in 2014 and 2–1 in 2018) and have been tightly contested. To date Nigeria has recorded two wins against Argentina's six, 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 in 1995 which saw Nigeria hold the South Americans to a 0–0 draw. Below full international level, their Olympic teams also faced off in the gold medal match in 1996 (3–2 to Nigeria), and 2008 (1–0 to Argentina). The final of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship was also played between them; both Argentina goals in their 2–1 win were scored by Lionel Messi, who would go on to find the net for the senior team in the 2014[57] and 2018[58] World Cup fixtures.

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.[59][60][61][62]

Home stadium[edit]

Abuja home stadium

The Moshood Abiola National Stadium (formerly known as National Stadium, Abuja) 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 [63][64]
Stephen Keshi Stadium 22,000 2018 Asaba Delta State
Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium 38,000 2015 Port Harcourt Rivers [65]
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 16,000 1998 Kano Kano
Ahmadu Bello Stadium 16,000 1965 Kaduna Kaduna
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium 22,000 1986 Enugu Enugu
Liberation Stadium 16,000 Port Harcourt Rivers

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020[edit]

9 October Friendly Nigeria  Cancelled  Ivory Coast Austria
CEST
Note: The match was cancelled after the Fédération Ivoirienne de Football announced they won't be able to send a team to Austria for the match due to some internal issues.[66]
13 October Friendly Nigeria  1–1  Tunisia Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
19:00 CEST Iheanacho Goal 21' Report Dräger Goal 44' Stadium: Jacques Lemans Arena
Referee: Sebastian Gishamer (Austria)
13 November 2021 AFCON Q Nigeria  4–4  Sierra Leone Benin City, Nigeria
17:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium
Referee: Gilbert Cheruiyot (Kenya)
17 November 2021 AFCON Q Sierra Leone  0–0  Nigeria Freetown, Sierra Leone
WAT Stadium: National Stadium

2021[edit]

27 March 2021 AFCON Q Benin  0–1  Nigeria Porto-Novo, Benin
17:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Stade Charles de Gaulle
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)
30 March 2021 AFCON Q Nigeria  3–0  Lesotho Lagos, Nigeria
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Teslim Balogun Stadium
Referee: Fabricio Duarte (Cape Verde)
4 June Friendly Nigeria  0–1  Cameroon Wiener Neustadt, Austria
20:30 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
8 June Friendly Cameroon  0–0  Nigeria Wiener Neustadt, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
3 July Friendly Mexico  4–0  Nigeria Los Angeles, United States
20:00 (UTC−7)
Report Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Attendance: 53,258
Referee: Oliver Vergara (Panama)
3 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Nigeria  2-0  Liberia Lagos, Nigeria
17:00 UTC+1
Stadium: Teslim Balogun Stadium
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Kouassi Attisso Attiogbe (Togo)

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.[67][68][69][70]

Position Name
Technical Adviser Germany Gernot Rohr
Technical Director Nigeria Augustine Eguavoen
Technical Assistant Nigeria Muhammad Khalifa
Technical Assistant II Nigeria Ikechukwu Akpeyi
Technical Assistant III Nigeria Ayotunde Adelakun[71]
Video Analyst Nigeria Muhammadu Khamis
Assistant Coach I Nigeria Joseph Yobo[72]
Assistant Coach II Tunisia Nabil Trabelsi
Goalkeeper Trainer Nigeria Alloysius Agu

Coaching history[edit]

Players[edit]

The following players were not called up for the World Cup Qualifiers in September 2021.[73]
Caps and goals current as of 3 July 2021 after the match against Mexico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Stanley Nwabili (1996-06-10) 10 June 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Nigeria Lobi Stars
1GK John Noble (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba

2DF Olisa Ndah (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Nigeria Akwa United
2DF Adeleke Adekunle (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Nigeria Abia Warriors
2DF Imo Obot (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 26) 1 0 Nigeria Enyimba
2DF Temitope Olusesi (1996-09-22) 22 September 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Nigeria Rangers International
2DF Zulkifilu Rabiu (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Nigeria Plateau United
2DF Franklin Tebo (2000-01-15) 15 January 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Nasarawa United
2DF Enyinnaya Kazie 0 0 Nigeria Rivers United
2DF Oriyomi Murtala 0 0 Nigeria Kwara United

3MF Anayo Iwuala (1999-03-20) 20 March 1999 (age 22) 5 0 Nigeria Enyimba
3MF Anthony Shimaga (1999-08-24) 24 August 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Nigeria Rangers International
3MF Seth Mayi (1999-12-18) 18 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Akwa United
3MF Ibrahim Olawoyin (1997-12-01) 1 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Nigeria Rangers International
3MF Uche Onwuansanya (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Nigeria Plateau United

4FW Sunusi Ibrahim (2002-10-01) 1 October 2002 (age 18) 3 1 Canada Montréal
4FW Sunday Adetunji (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Nigeria Rivers United
4FW Charles Atshimene (1996-08-17) 17 August 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Nigeria Akwa United
4FW Jude Steven (2000-06-28) 28 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Kwara United
4FW Neurot Emmanuel 0 0 Nigeria Plateau United
4FW Chinonso Eziekwe (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Nigeria Rangers International
4FW Auwalu Ali Malam (2001-06-06) 6 June 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars
4FW Abdulmalik Sanusi (2001-05-12) 12 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Katsina United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Nigeria squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ikechukwu Ezenwa (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 32) 20 0 Nigeria Heartland v.  Mexico, 3 July 2021 PRE
GK Francis Uzoho (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 22) 17 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
GK Maduka Okoye (1999-08-28) 28 August 1999 (age 22) 7 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
GK Daniel Akpeyi (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 35) 20 0 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs v.  Benin, 27 March 2021 PRE
GK Sebastian Osigwe (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Switzerland Lugano v.  Sierra Leone, 17 November 2020
GK Dele Alampasu (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Latvia Ventspils v.  Tunisia, 13 October 2020
GK Tobias Lawal (2000-06-07) 7 June 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Austria LASK v.  Tunisia, 13 October 2020
GK Mathew Yakubu (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Slovakia Sereď v.  Tunisia, 13 October 2020

DF Ifeanyi Anaemena (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 29) 1 0 Nigeria Rivers United v.  Mexico, 3 July 2021 PRE
DF Christopher Nwaeze (2001-11-16) 16 November 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Nigeria Kwara United v.  Mexico, 3 July 2021 PRE
DF Chidozie Awaziem (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24) 22 1 Portugal Boavista v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
DF Jamilu Collins (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 27) 19 0 Germany Paderborn 07 v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
DF Valentine Ozornwafor (1999-06-01) 1 June 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Turkey Galatasaray v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
DF Izuchuckwu Anthony (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Slovakia Spartak Trnava v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
DF William Troost-Ekong (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 28) 48 2 England Watford v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021
DF Ola Aina (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 24) 19 0 Italy Torino v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Semi Ajayi (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 27) 15 0 England West Bromwich Albion v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Tyronne Ebuehi (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 25) 9 0 Italy Venezia v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Zaidu Sanusi (1997-06-13) 13 June 1997 (age 24) 5 0 Portugal Porto v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Leon Balogun (1988-06-28) 28 June 1988 (age 33) 38 0 Scotland Rangers v.  Lesotho, 30 March 2021
DF Kenneth Omeruo (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 27) 53 1 Spain Leganés v.  Benin, 27 March 2021 WD

MF Dayo Ojo (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 26) 5 1 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Mexico, 3 July 2021 PRE
MF Samuel Nnoshiri (2001-07-02) 2 July 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Katsina United v.  Mexico, 3 July 2021 PRE
MF Wilfred Ndidi (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 24) 40 0 England Leicester City v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
MF Peter Etebo (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995 (age 25) 39 2 England Watford v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
MF Shehu Abdullahi (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 28) 33 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
MF Abraham Marcus (2000-01-02) 2 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Feirense v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
MF Vincent Onovo (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Hungary Újpest v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
MF Samson Tijani (2002-05-17) 17 May 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Austria Hartberg v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
MF Joe Aribo (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 25) 7 2 Scotland Rangers v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Frank Onyeka (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 23) 1 0 England Brentford v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Samuel Kalu (1997-08-26) 26 August 1997 (age 24) 15 2 France Bordeaux v.  Benin, 27 March 2021 WD
MF Michael Olise (2001-12-12) 12 December 2001 (age 19) 0 0 England Reading v.  Benin, 27 March 2021 PRE
MF Mikel Agu (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 28) 7 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães v.  Tunisia, 13 October 2020

FW Ahmed Musa (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 28) 98 15 Turkey Fatih Karagümrük v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
FW Alex Iwobi (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 25) 47 9 England Everton v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
FW Moses Simon (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 26) 37 5 France Nantes v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
FW Kelechi Ịheanachọ (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 24) 33 9 England Leicester City v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
FW Paul Onuachu (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 27) 13 3 Belgium Genk v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
FW Terem Moffi (1999-05-25) 25 May 1999 (age 22) 2 0 France Lorient v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
FW Peter Olayinka (1995-11-18) 18 November 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  Cameroon, 8 June 2021
FW Samuel Chukwueze (1999-05-22) 22 May 1999 (age 22) 19 3 Spain Villarreal v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
FW Henry Onyekuru (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 24) 14 2 Greece Olympiacos v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
FW Victor Osimhen (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 22) 12 6 Italy Napoli v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
FW Simeon Nwankwo (1992-05-07) 7 May 1992 (age 29) 4 0 Italy Salernitana v.  Cameroon, 4 June 2021 PRE
FW Umar Sadiq (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Spain Almería v.  Benin, 27 March 2021 WD
FW Emmanuel Dennis (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 23) 3 0 England Watford v.  Sierra Leone, 17 November 2020
FW Chidera Ejuke (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Sierra Leone, 17 November 2020
FW Cyriel Dessers (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Tunisia, 13 October 2020

INJ Withdrew because of an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.

Records[edit]

As of 3 September 2021[74]
Players in bold are still active with Nigeria.

Most appearances[edit]

Vincent Enyeama is Nigeria's most capped player alongside former captain Joseph Yobo.
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Vincent Enyeama 101 0 2002–2015
Joseph Yobo 101 7 2001–2014
3 Ahmed Musa 100 15 2010–present
4 Mikel John Obi 90 6 2005–2019
5 Nwankwo Kanu 86 13 1994–2011
Mudashiru Lawal 86 11 1975–1985
7 Jay-Jay Okocha 73 14 1993–2006
8 Stephen Keshi 68 9 1981–1998
9 Peter Rufai 66 1 1983–1998
10 Peter Odemwingie 65 11 2002–2014

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Rashidi Yekini 37 62 0.6 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 0.41 2007–2014
5 Obafemi Martins 18 42 0.43 2004–2015
6 Samson Siasia 17 49 0.35 1984–1998
7 Odion Ighalo 16 35 0.46 2015–2019
8 Ahmed Musa 15 99 0.15 2010–present
9 Julius Aghahowa 14 32 0.44 2000–2007
Asuquo Ekpe 14 28 0.5 1956–1966
Jay-Jay Okocha 14 73 0.19 1993–2006
Thompson Usiyan 14 1976–1981

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not qualify
England 1966 Withdrew[n 1][75]
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify
Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Round of 16 9th 4 2 0 2 7 4
France 1998 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 6 9
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 27th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Germany 2006 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010 Group stage 27th 3 0 1 2 3 5
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 3 5
Russia 2018 Group stage 21st 3 1 0 2 3 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Round of 16 6/21 21 6 3 12 23 30
Notes
  1. ^ All African nations withdrew due to a lack of qualifying berths.

African Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Not affiliated to CAF
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 5 6
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
Ghana Nigeria 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
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did not qualify
South Africa 2013 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 4
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2 9 7
Cameroon 2021 Qualified
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025
Total 3 Titles 19/33 93 50 22 21 131 89
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided via a penalty shoot-out.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

African Nations Championship[edit]

African Nations Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 12 8
Rwanda 2016 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 5 3
Morocco 2018 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 7 6
Cameroon 2020 Did not qualify
Algeria 2022 To be determined
Total Runners-up 3/6 15 8 4 3 24 17

WAFU Nations Cup record[edit]

WAFU Nations Cup
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Nigeria 2010 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 14
Nigeria 2011 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 0 0 9
Ghana 2013 Did not enter
Ghana 2017 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 0 0 9
Senegal 2019 To be determined
Total 1 Title 3/4 13 7 0 0 32 9

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

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
Total Fourth place 2/10 6 2 2 2 11 7 -

Honours[edit]

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