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Niger national football team

The Niger national football team[3][4] represents Niger in international association football through the Nigerien Football Federation, a member of Confederation of African Football (CAF). Niger plays in the colors of the flag of Niger, white, green and orange. Their nickname comes from the Dama gazelle, native to Niger, the Hausa name of which is Meyna or Ménas[5] The Dama appears on their badge in the colors of the national flag. [6][7]

Niger
Nickname(s)Ménas
AssociationNigerien Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachJean Guy Walleme
CaptainSouleymane Sacko
Most capsKassaly Daouda (70)
Top scorerMoussa Maâzou (13)
Home stadiumStade Seyni Kountché
FIFA codeNIG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 112 Decrease 5 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest68 (November 1994)
Lowest196 (August 2002)
Elo ranking
Current 146 Decrease 13 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest103 (July 1991)
Lowest146 (December 1980)
First international
 Niger 2–2 Chad 
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 25 December 1961)
Biggest win
 Niger 7–1 Mauritania 
(Niamey, Niger; 12 October 1990)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 10–0 Niger Niger
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 27 December 1961)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best resultGroup stage, 2012 and 2013

HistoryEdit

Although one of the weaker sides in the strong West Africa region, Niger has produced a couple of noteworthy runs in qualifying tournaments.

One of their best performances was in the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in which Niger eliminated Somalia and Togo on the away goals rule, but were beaten by Algeria in the third round where only eight teams were left. Notable players in this run included Jacques Komlan, Hassane Adamou and Moussa Kanfideni.

In 1990, they set a record by thrashing Mauritania 7–1 in continental qualifiers, the highest positive score margin for the Mena.

In the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifiers, Niger won all their home games (including a win over Guinea) to finish on nine points, just three short of qualification.

The Niger squad is also plagued by financial concerns, which have caused them to withdraw from international tournaments on more than one occasion. The Nigerien Football Federation would have turned to fundraising to pay for their trip to the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola, had they qualified.[8]

On 10 October 2010, Niger earned a shock 1–0 win over Egypt at home in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification.

Despite a failed run for AFCON 2010, Niger hosted and won the UEMOA Tournament in November 2010, and followed up with their first ever qualification for the African Nations Championship in February 2011.[9]

After home wins over South Africa and Sierra Leone, on 8 October 2011 Niger qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in its history, despite losing 3–0 in Egypt.[10][11] Niger, South Africa and Sierra Leone all ended with nine points, but Niger qualified thanks to their superior head-to-head record against their rivals.

At the 2012 African Cup of Nations, Niger was placed in Group C alongside co-hosts Gabon, Tunisia and Morocco. In their opening match, Niger lost 2–0 to Gabon, while against Tunisia in Libreville, Niger trailed 1–0 on an early goal from Youssef Msakni in which he dribbled his way through for a fine goal after just four minutes. William N'Gounou, however, then made history by scoring Niger's first ever goal at the African Cup of Nations. A 1–1 draw looked likely, but Issam Jemâa's goal would eliminate Niger from the tournament. In the final match, Niger faced Morocco in a match featuring two sides already eliminated from the tournament. Younès Belhanda scored on an assist from Marouane Chamakh just 11 minutes from time to give Morocco a 1–0 victory.[12]

Later in 2012, Niger repeated its success in African Nations Cup qualifiers by beating Guinea in a two-legged series to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Guinea won the first match 1–0, but Niger won 2–0 in the second leg. Goalscorers Mohamed Chikoto and Issoufou Boubacar had sent Niger to another African Cup of Nations tournament.[13]

In their first match at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Niger lost 1–0 to Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Mali captain Seydou Keita handed his nation the hard-fought victory five minutes before the end of the encounter. Niger then earned their first point ever at the African Cup of nations after holding DR Congo to a 0–0 draw. In the third match, Ghana outclassed Niger 3–0 to reach the quarter-finals as Group B winners.[14] Niger finished bottom of the group.

On 22 May 2014, Niger played a friendly match against Ukraine, marking the first ever match against a European nation. Oumarou Bale scored in the 56th minute, cancelling out a 20th-minute goal from Ivan Ordets before Ukraine won on a goal from Taras Stepanenko as the match finished 2–1.[15][16]

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 1 1 3 3
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016 Group stage 16th 3 0 1 2 3 11
  2018 Did not qualify
  2020 To be determined
  2022
Total Quarter-finals 3/6 7 2 2 3 6 14

Head-to-head record against other nationsEdit

As of 13 October 2019
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
  Algeria 5 1 0 4 1 14 −13
  Angola 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3
  Benin 15 3 5 7 17 24 −7
  Botswana 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2
  Burundi 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Burkina Faso 15 3 5 7 13 22 −9
  Cameroon 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4
  Central African Republic 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2
  Chad 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Congo 4 0 1 3 3 10 −7
  DR Congo 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Ivory Coast 12 0 2 10 9 28 −19
  Egypt 6 1 1 4 2 16 −14
  Equatorial Guinea 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Ethiopia 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
  Eswatini 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
  Gabon 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8
  Gambia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Ghana 11 0 1 10 4 38 −34
  Guinea 7 3 0 4 8 11 −3
  Lesotho 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
  Liberia 7 3 1 3 7 10 −3
  Libya 4 0 3 1 4 8 −4
  Mali 8 1 2 5 4 10 −6
  Mauritania 5 3 2 0 10 3 +7
  Morocco 7 1 0 6 2 16 −14
  Namibia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Nigeria 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6
  Senegal 5 1 1 3 3 6 −3
  Sierra Leone 6 3 0 3 11 15 −4
  Somalia 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
  South Africa 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
  Togo 9 3 3 3 13 14 −1
  Tunisia 3 0 0 3 2 4 −2
  Uganda 5 2 1 2 6 6 0
  Ukraine 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
  United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4
37 Countries 172 37 38 97 154 313 −159

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Ivory Coast on 16 November 2019.[17]

Caps and goals updated as of 23 March 2019 after the game against Egypt.[18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Daouda Kassaly (1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 36) 70 0   Katsina United
1GK Mainassara Babari (1993-09-22) 22 September 1993 (age 26) 0 0   SONIDEP

2DF Herve Lybohy (1983-07-24) 24 July 1983 (age 36) 1 0   Nancy
2DF Yacouba Diori (1997-09-08) 8 September 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Ponferradina
2DF Abdoul Razak Seyni (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29) 3 0   SONIDEP
2DF Zakariya Souleymane (1994-12-29) 29 December 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Lorient
2DF Kourouma Fatoukouma (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 33) 22 1   Jazz
2DF Mouhamadou Hamidou Ali (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 30) 1 0   SONIDEP

3MF Ali Mohamed (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 23) 29 0   Beitar Jerusalem
3MF Mahamane Cissé (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 25) 27 4   Otohô Oyo
3MF Yussif Moussa (1998-09-04) 4 September 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Ilves
3MF Djibo Wonkoye (1994-05-19) 19 May 1994 (age 25) 21 1   Horoya
3MF Daniel Soungole (1995-02-26) 26 February 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Teplice

4FW Kamilou Daouda (1987-12-29) 29 December 1987 (age 31) 35 10   Coton Sport
4FW Modibo Sidibé (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 27) 23 4   Michalovce
4FW Fabrice Yao (1995-12-29) 29 December 1995 (age 23) 0   Swift Hesperange
4FW Victorien Adebayor (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 23) 22 7   Inter Allies
4FW Amadou Moutari (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25) 23 1   Budapest Honvéd
4FW Seybou Koita (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Red Star
4FW Moussa Maâzou (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 31) 50 12   Sektzia Nes Tziona

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Niger in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Khaido Assadeh (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 22) 3 0   AS Douanes v.   Eswatini, 18 November 2018

MF Lawali Abdourahamane (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0   JS Tahoua v.   Eswatini, 18 November 2018
MF Ousmane Diabaté (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 25) 4 0   Al-Taqadom v.   Tunisia, October 2018
MF Boubacar Magid (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 25) 4 0   Al-Merrikh v.   Tunisia, October 2018
MF Abdoul Soumana (2000-05-22) 22 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Al-Merrikh v.   Tunisia, October 2018

FW Youssouf Oumarou (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 26) 27 2   FAN v.   Tunisia, October 2018
FW Boubacar Hainikoye (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 30) 5 1   US GN v.   Tunisia, October 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

RecordsEdit

As of 30 March 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Niger.

List of coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ Orange 2012 Afcon qualifiers :130 Million FCFA for the Menas Archived 2011-11-09 at the Wayback Machine. 22/05/2011 StarAfrica sports.
  4. ^ Menas to test Pharaohs form. Confederation of African Football. 10-09-2010
  5. ^ Dama Gazelle Nanger dama. Sahara Conservation Fund, 2007, 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.afrik-foot.com/can-2019-la-liste-du-niger-contre-l-egypte-sans-maazou
  7. ^ "Niger team of 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  8. ^ "Project MENA is dedicated to assisting MENA, the Niger national soccer team. The project aimed to raise enough money to send the team to compete for the 2010 African Cup in Angola". Archived from the original on 2008-04-26.
  9. ^ CHAN 2011 : Un Niger héroïque mais éliminé par le Soudan – Football/CHAN 2011 – RFI 2011-02-19
  10. ^ "Niger in historic qualification despite Cairo loss". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  11. ^ Fixtures, results and tables for the qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. BBC Sport.
  12. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16803984
  13. ^ http://www.mtnfootball.com/africa/african-tournaments/2013-afcon-qualifiers/
  14. ^ http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=263428
  15. ^ http://shakhtar.com/en/news/31806
  16. ^ http://www.uefa.com/friendlies/season=2014/matches/round=2000374/match=2014301/index.html
  17. ^ https://www.afrik-foot.com/can-2021-q-a-j-4-jean-guy-wallemme-nomme-selectionneur-du-niger
  18. ^ "Niger team of 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  19. ^ "Martial named Niger coach". BBC News. 26 November 2002.

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