Nigeria national football team

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Nigeria
Nickname(s) Super Eagles
Association Nigeria Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Gernot Rohr
Captain Tolu Demilade Moses
Top scorer Rashidi Yekini (37)
Home stadium Abuja National Stadium
FIFA code NGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 49 Decrease 1 (16 August 2018)
Highest 5 (April 1994)
Lowest 82 (November 1999)
Elo ranking
Current 44 Steady (11 July 2018) [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 Kingdom British Togoland
7–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1994)
Best result Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 17 (first in 1963)
Best result Champions (1980, 1994, 2013)
African Nations Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2014)
Best result Runners up (2018)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1995)
Best result Fourth Place (1995)

The Nigeria national football team, also known as the Super Eagles, 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.

In April 1994, the Super Eagles 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 World Cup hosted in Germany, and have reached the round of 16 three times. Their first World Cup appearance was the 1994 edition hosted by the United States.

History

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 the 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. 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.[7]

Team image

Argentina versus Nigeria in a friendly match on 14 November 2017

Kits and crest

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.[8]

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.[9][10] Before that, Nike supplied Nigeria's kit between 1998 and 2003.

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period Notes
Germany Erima 1980-1984
United Kingdom Admiral 1984–1987
Germany Adidas 1988–1994
United States Nike 1994–2002
Germany Adidas 2002–2015
United States Nike 2015–present

Nickname

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.[11] 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. 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".[12][13] 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

Ghana

Ghana vs. Nigeria in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-Final

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.[14] 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".[8] The two sides played for several rivalry and tournament cups during this period in which full international competition was barred to them.

Other African nations

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 8 October 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.

Argentina

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.[15] The fixture is the most common in the competition's history involving an African nation.[16] 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[17] and 2018[18] 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.[19][20][21][22]

Media coverage

The Nigerian football federation currently has an active deal with the parent company of AIT and Ray Power Radio.[23] 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.[24] 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

Nigerian football supporters at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

The Nigerian Football Supporters Club (NFSC) is the primary supporters club for the Nigerian football team.[25] 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.[26][27] However, the club's efforts at improving the atmosphere at Nigeria's home and away matches are beset by funding issues, corruption and infighting.[28] 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.[29]

Nigerian football supporters at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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

Home stadium

Abuja home stadium

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

Stadium Capacity Commissioned City State/territory Ref
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium 30,000 2012 Uyo Akwa Ibom [31][32]
Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium 38,000 2015 Port Harcourt Rivers [33]
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

FIFA World Cup record

1994 World Cup

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.

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 and 2006 World Cups

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.[34]

2010 World Cup

Nigeria played against South Korea at 2010 FIFA World Cup

On 14 November 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3–2 in Nairobi.[35]

Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a controversial Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute.[36][37] 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.[38] This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.[39]

On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions,[40] but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after.[41] On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup.[41] 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.[42]

2014 World Cup

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

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[43] and defeated Algeria 3–1 in their second match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.[44] They went on to beat Cameroon 5–1 home and away in a back to back contest.[45]

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.[46][47][48] On 3 June 2018, coach Gernot Rohr unveiled a 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[49] Nigeria lost their first match of the tournament 0–2 to Croatia in Kaliningrad,[50] before they won 2–0 in the second match against brave Iceland,[51] with Ahmed Musa scored both goals.[52] and had a huge chance to qualify as Argentina was demolished 0–3 by Croatia. Despite this advantage, they lost 1–2 in the last match against Argentina,[53] with one goal by Victor Moses.[54] For this defeat, and followed with Iceland's defeat to Croatia, Nigeria had not just missed the opportunity, but also got eliminated from the tournament.[55]

World Cup record

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][56]
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 Group Stage 21st 3 1 0 2 3 4
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.

Africa Cup of Nations record

1963–1978

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 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

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

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

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.[57]

2019 Cup of Nations

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
Tota 3 Titles 17/31 86 45 22 19 120 84
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

African Nations Championship record

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 Second place 2nd 6 4 1 1 7 6
Ethiopia Ethiopia 2020 To be decided
Total 2/3 11th 15 8 4 3 24 17

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games Record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Nigeria national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

FIFA Confederations Cup

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 2012 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
Total Fourth Place 2/10 6 2 2 2 11 7 -

Team honours and achievements

Winners: Gold medal africa.svg 1980, Gold medal africa.svg 1994, Gold medal africa.svg 2013
Runners-up: Silver medal africa.svg 1984, Silver medal africa.svg 1988, Silver medal africa.svg 1990, Silver medal africa.svg 2000

Recent results

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

* 2017 International Fixture Dates[62][63][64]
** 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.[65]

2018

* 2018 International Fixture Dates
** 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.[65]

2019

Current team status

2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Libya 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3 Final tournament 18–26 Mar '19 8–16 Oct '18 5–1
2  South Africa 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
3  Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 8–16 Oct '18 0–2 18–26 Mar '19
4  Seychelles 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18 3–11 Sep '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF

2018 FIFA World Cup Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
3  Nigeria 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4  Iceland 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group D will advance to play the runners-up of Group C.
  • The runners-up of Group D will advance to play the winners of Group C.

Personnel

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.[66][67][68][69]

Position Name
Technical Adviser Germany Gernot Rohr
Chief Coach Nigeria Salisu Yusuf
Technical Assistant Nigeria Muhammad Khalifa
Technical Assistant II Nigeria Ikechukwu Akpeyi
Video Analyst Nigeria Muhammadu Khamis
Assistant Coach Nigeria Imama Amapakabo
Goalkeeper Trainer Nigeria Alloysius Agu

Team

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[70]
Caps and goals current as of 26 June 2018 after the match against Argentina. All caps/goals against https://www.national-football-teams.com/continent/2/Africa.html members only.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ikechukwu Ezenwa (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 29) 18 0 Nigeria Enyimba
16 1GK Daniel Akpeyi (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 32) 7 0 South Africa Chippa United
23 1GK Francis Uzoho (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 19) 9 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña

2 2DF Brian Idowu (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 26) 8 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
3 2DF Elderson Echiéjilé (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 30) 62 3 Unattached
5 2DF William Troost-Ekong (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 24) 25 1 Turkey Bursaspor
6 2DF Leon Balogun (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 (age 29) 22 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
12 2DF Shehu Abdullahi (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 25) 28 0 Turkey Bursaspor
20 2DF Chidozie Awaziem (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Portugal Porto
21 2DF Tyronne Ebuehi (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 22) 8 0 Portugal Benfica
22 2DF Kenneth Omeruo (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 24) 41 0 Spain Leganés

4 3MF Wilfred Ndidi (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 21) 20 0 England Leicester City
8 3MF Oghenekaro Etebo (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995 (age 22) 17 1 England Stoke City
10 3MF John Obi Mikel (Captain) (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 31) 87 6 China Tianjin TEDA
11 3MF Victor Moses (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 27) 38 12 England Chelsea
15 3MF Joel Obi (1991-05-22) 22 May 1991 (age 27) 16 0 Italy ChievoVerona
17 3MF Ogenyi Onazi (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 25) 51 1 Turkey Trabzonspor
19 3MF John Ogu (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 30) 19 2 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva

7 4FW Ahmed Musa (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 25) 75 15 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
9 4FW Odion Ighalo (1989-06-16) 16 June 1989 (age 29) 22 4 China Changchun Yatai
13 4FW Simeon Nwankwo (1992-05-07) 7 May 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Italy Crotone
14 4FW Kelechi Iheanacho (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 21) 21 8 England Leicester City
18 4FW Alex Iwobi (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 22) 22 5 England Arsenal

Recent call-ups

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 Dele Ajiboye (1990-08-07) 7 August 1990 (age 28) 3 0 Nigeria Plateau United 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Olorunleke Ojo (1995-08-17) 17 August 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria Akwa United v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
GK Olufemi Kayode (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Nigeria Lobi Stars v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
GK Olufemi Thomas (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Nigeria Rivers United v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
GK Theophilus Afelokhai (1988-04-07) 7 April 1988 (age 30) 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba 2018 African Nations Championship
GK Dele Alampasu (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Feirense v.  Cameroon, 4 September 2017

DF Stephen Eze (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 24) 13 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Ola Aina (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Torino 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Olamilekan Adeleye (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Musa Muhammed (1996-10-31) 31 October 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Unattached v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Ikouwem Udo (1999-11-11) 11 November 1999 (age 18) 3 0 Nigeria Enyimba v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Chinedu Ajanah (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Nigeria Katsina United v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Ebube Duru 0 0 Nigeria Lobi Stars v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Stanley Okorom (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Nigeria MFM v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Isiaka Oladuntoye (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Austin Opara (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria MFM v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
DF Orji Kalu (1992-06-19) 19 June 1992 (age 26) 11 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Daniel Itodo (1991-12-29) 29 December 1991 (age 26) 4 0 Nigeria Plateau United 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Timothy Danladi (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Nigeria Katsina United 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Abdullahi Musa (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Nigeria Wikki Tourists 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Ifeanyi Nweke (1997-11-12) 12 November 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Chima Akas (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 24) 18 0 Sweden Kalmar 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations

MF Moses Simon (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 23) 21 4 Spain Levante 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE / INJ
MF Mikel Agu (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 25) 6 0 Portugal Porto 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Uche Henry Agbo (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Dayo Ojo (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 23) 5 1 Nigeria Sunshine Stars v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
MF Abdullahi Alhassan (1996-11-03) 3 November 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Portugal Marítimo v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
MF Mohammed Usman (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Norway Sarpsborg 08 v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
MF Destiny Ashadi (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Nigeria Katsina United v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
MF Raphael Ayagwa (1997-02-04) 4 February 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Nigeria Plateau United v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
MF Chidiebere Nwakali (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 21) 0 0 England Manchester City v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
MF Kelechi Nwakali (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Portugal Porto v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
MF Rabiu Ali (1986-06-23) 23 June 1986 (age 32) 23 7 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Osas Okoro (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 27) 20 2 Nigeria Enugu Rangers 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 23) 12 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Emeka Atuloma (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 25) 5 0 Nigeria Rivers United 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Augustine Oladapo (1995-07-27) 27 July 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Nigeria Enyimba 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Aremu Afeez (1999-10-03) 3 October 1999 (age 18) 7 0 Norway Start 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Samuel Mathias (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Nigeria El-Kanemi Warriors 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Thomas Zenke (1993-01-30) 30 January 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Nigeria Nasarawa United v.  Benin, 19 August 2017

FW Junior Lokosa (1993-08-23) 23 August 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Emem Eduok (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
FW Alhassan Ibrahim 0 0 Nigeria Kano Pillars v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
FW Tosin Omoyele (1996-08-03) 3 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria Plateau United v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
FW Samad Kadiri (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria Lobi Stars v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
FW Umar Sadiq (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Scotland Rangers v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018
FW Gabriel Okechukwu (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 22) 5 2 Nigeria Akwa United v.  Serbia, 27 March 2018
FW Junior Ajayi (1996-01-29) 29 January 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Egypt Al Ahly v.  Serbia, 27 March 2018
FW Anthony Okpotu (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 24) 11 3 Morocco Difaa El Jadida 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Emeka Ogbugh (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 28) 5 0 Nigeria Rivers United 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Eneji Moses (1999-04-08) 8 April 1999 (age 19) 4 2 Nigeria Plateau United 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Sunday Faleye (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 19) 4 1 Nigeria Akwa United 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Ibrahim Mustapha (1996-09-01) 1 September 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Nigeria Enyimba 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Mohammed Nur (2002-12-02) 2 December 2002 (age 15) 2 0 Nigeria El-Kanemi Warriors 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Olarenwaju Kayode (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Argentina, 14 November 2017
FW Henry Onyekuru (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 21) 2 0 England Everton v.  Argentina, 14 November 2017
FW Anthony Nwakaeme (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Argentina, 14 November 2017
FW Kingsley Eduwo (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 22) 5 1 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Ubong Friday (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Nigeria Akwa United 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Sikiru Olatunbosun (1995-11-28) 28 November 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Nigeria MFM 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations PRE
FW Aaron Olanare (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 24) 7 2 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Cameroon, 1 September 2017
FW Stephen Odey (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 20) 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

INJ Withdrew because of an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.

Previous squads

All-time player records

As of 26 June 2018

Most capped players

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[71]
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Vincent Enyeama 101 0 2002–2015
Joseph Yobo 101 7 2001–2014
3 John Obi Mikel 87 6 2006–Present
4 Nwankwo Kanu 86 13 1994–2011
Mudashiru Lawal 86 11 1975–1985
6 Ahmed Musa 75 15 2010–Present
7 Jay-Jay Okocha 73 14 1993–2006
8 Peter Rufai 66 1 1983–1998
9 Peter Odemwingie 65 11 2002–2014
10 Finidi George 62 6 1991–2002
Elderson Echiéjilé 62 3 2009–Present

Top goalscorers

Top scorers[71]
# 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 42 0.43 2004–Present
6 Ahmed Musa 15 75 0.20 2010–Present
7 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

Managers

Source.[72][73]

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External links

  • Nigeria Football Federation official site
  • FIFA profile
  • GreenEagles.org – Unofficial Database of The Super Eagles of Nigeria
  • RSSSF archive of results 1955–2008
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