Nduka Ugbade

Nduka Ugbade (born 6 September 1969) is the head coach of the Nigeria under-17 national football team and a former football player.

Nduka Ugbade
Personal information
Full name Nduka Ugbade
Date of birth (1969-09-06) 6 September 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 El-Kanemi Warriors
1989–1991 Castellón 21 (2)
1991–1992 Avilés 14 (0)
1992–1993 El-Kanemi Warriors
1994 Calabar Rovers
1994–1997 Nigerdock Lagos
1998–1999 Marine Castle United
1999 Bnei Yehuda
1999–2002 Perak
National team
1989 Nigeria U20 1 (1)
1992–1994 Nigeria 11 (1)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Nigeria under-17 (assistant)
2013– MFM FC
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


As a youth player, fresh from St. Finbarrs College Akoka-Lagos, Ugbade was captain of the Nigeria U-16 male soccer team that won the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship (later referred to as JVC/FIFA at the following edition after which it metamorphosed to its current name and status -Coca-Cola/FIFA U-17 WC). The event was held in China and brought Ugbade into prominence after Jonathan Akpoborie(5min) and Victor Igbinoba (80+min)scored unreplied goals for Nigeria against West Germany, securing what was Nigeria's and Africa's first major win in football on the global stage.

Four years later in the U-20 category, he was also part of Nigeria national under-20 football team at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship that placed second and won silver medals in Saudi Arabia. Nigeria lost to Portugal in the final match, but Ugbade and his teammates were the toast of the spectators after posting spectacular wins over hosts Saudi Arabia, highly favoured United States, and the USSR. Against the USSR the Nigerian team recovered from a 4-0 deficit to level 4-4 with Ugbade scoring the fourth before Nigeria won on penalties. This win is fondly referred to in Nigerian football history as the "Dammam Miracle".[1]

After his immensely successful youth football career, Ugbade featured in the Nigerian national team for some years, but was plagued by injuries and poor form in the later years of his career which denied him of the opportunity of starring at the 1994 World Cup.


Coaching careerEdit

In August 2011 he was appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to be one of the two assistant coaches for the Golden Eaglets (Nigeria under-17 national football team).[2] In 2013, the team won the silver medal in the CAF U-17 tournament in Algeria,[3] and won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE.

In 2013, Ugbade was named head coach of Lagos club MFM FC.


  1. ^ Nduka UgbadeFIFA competition record (archived)
  2. ^ "Nigeria: Ugbade Promises World-Class Eaglets". AllAfrica.com. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Jonathan splashes cash on Golden Eaglets". Premiumtimesng.com. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.

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