Niger national football team
The Niger national football team 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 The Dama appears on their badge in the colors of the national flag.
|Association||Nigerien Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||François Zahoui|
|Most caps||Kassaly Daouda (69)|
|Top scorer||Moussa Maâzou (12)|
|Home stadium||Stade Seyni Kountché|
|Current||104 5 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||68 (November 1994)|
|Lowest||196 (August 2002)|
|Current||130 3 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||103 (July 1991)|
|Lowest||146 (December 1980)|
| Niger 2–2 Chad |
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 25 December 1961)
| Niger 7–1 Mauritania |
(Niamey, Niger; 12 October 1990)
| Congo 10–0 Niger |
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 27 December 1961)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2012)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2012 and 2013|
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.
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.
In June 2008, Romanian coach Dan Anghelescu took over as team manager from Hamey Amadou, who was dismissed. Anghelescu had been coaching in Africa since 1999, training teams from Algeria, Tunisia and Burkina Faso. On 19 December 2008, Anghelescu was dismissed after a disastrous six-month spell. Former Niger U-17 coach Frederic Costa was appointed the new head coach of the Niger national side. Harouna Doula Gabde, a former Nigerien international, succeeded them in 2009.
Despite a failed run for ACON 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.
After home wins—as well as away losses—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. 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.
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.
In their first match at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Niger lost to Mali (1–0) 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. 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.
World Cup recordEdit
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
Head-to-head record against other nationsEdit
- As of 23 March 2019
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential|
|Central African Republic||1||0||1||0||3||3||0|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||0||1||0||4||−4|
- Niger beat Burkina Faso 1–0 in a match played on 27 July 2013, but because of losing the first match 1–0, this match went to extra time and then the penalties. Niger lost 6–5 on penalties, but under the FIFA rules, this match counts as a win.
- Match versus Libya in November 2010 finished 1–1, after which Niger lost 4–1 in penalty shootout. Under the rules of association football and the official European Championship tournament regulations, a loss inflicted via a penalty shootout does not count as a defeat, but rather a tie which needed a final process to determine the team which advances.
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|27 May 2018 Friendly||Niger||3–3||Central African Republic||Niamey, Niger|
|21:00 WAT||Report||Stadium: Stade Général Seyni Kountché|
Referee: Yanissou Bebou (Togo)
|2 June 2018 Friendly||Niger||2–1||Uganda||Niamey, Niger|
||Stadium: Stade Général Seyni Kountché|
Referee: Yanissou Bebou (Togo)
|8 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Egypt||6–0||Niger||Alexandria, Egypt|
|20:00 EET||Report||Stadium: Borg El Arab Stadium|
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)
|13 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Tunisia||1–0||Niger||Radès, Tunisia|
|19:15 CET||Meriah 17'||Report||Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès|
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Niger||1–2||Tunisia||Niamey, Niger|
|16:00 WAT||Oumarou 36'||Report||Chaouat 28', 32'||Stadium: Stade Général Seyni Kountché|
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)
|18 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Eswatini||1–2||Niger||Manzini, Eswatini|
|15:30 SAST||Nkambule 19'||Report||Adebayor 55', 77'||Stadium: Mavuso Sports Centre|
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Moussa Alzouma||30 September 1982||7||0||GNN|
|16||GK||Daouda Kassaly||19 August 1983||70||0||Nigelec|
|21||GK||Mainassara Babari||22 September 1993||0||0||SONIDEP|
|2||DF||Abdoul Hourba||1 January 1995||0||0||SONIDEP|
|3||DF||Ismaël Inoussa||9 May 1994||10||0||AS Douanes|
|4||DF||Mahamadou Souley||18 February 1995||14||0||GNN|
|5||DF||Abdoul Garba||23 December 1991||7||0||AS Douanes|
|15||DF||Boureima Katakoré||26 March 1993||27||0||Al-Safa|
|19||DF||Abdoul Razak Seyni||1 January 1990||3||0||SONIDEP|
|DF||Koffi Dan Kowa||19 September 1989||64||3||Sahel SC|
|DF||Abdoulmoumouni Adamou||14 September 1985||1||0||Free agent|
|DF||Moustapha Mohamed||14 June 1993||0||0||GNN|
|6||MF||Souleymane Lawali||3 October 1996||1||0||GNN|
|8||MF||Ibrahim Mansour||1 January 1994||2||0||AS Police|
|11||MF||Djibo Wonkoye||19 May 1994||21||1||Horoya|
|12||MF||Souleymane Sacko (Captain)||1 August 1987||49||3||GNN|
|14||MF||Ali Mohamed||7 October 1996||29||0||Maccabi Netanya|
|17||MF||Mahamane Cissé||27 December 1993||27||4||Aiginiakos|
|20||MF||Amadou Moutari||19 January 1994||23||1||Mezőkövesdi|
|7||FW||Modibo Sidibé||3 June 1992||23||4||MC Oudja|
|10||FW||Victorien Adebayor||12 November 1996||22||7||Inter Allies|
|23||FW||Seybou Koita||15 April 1994||1||0||Ashdod|
|FW||Kamilou Daouda||29 December 1987||35||10||MC Oudja|
|FW||Issoufou Hinsa||14 September 1991||3||0||Sahel SC|
|FW||Ahmeye Zeidine||9 June 1994||1||0||Rangers International|
|FW||Moussa Soumana||2 March 1989||0||0||AS Douanes|
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
|GK||Oumarou Halidou||4 April 1992||0||0||SONIDEP||v. Egypt, 8 September 2018|
|GK||Losseny Doumbia||5 April 1992||2||0||FAN||v. Uganda, 2 June 2018|
|DF||Kourouma Fatoukouma||11 July 1984||32||1||MuSa||v. Eswatini, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Khaido Assadeh||28 June 1997||3||0||AS Douanes||v. Eswatini, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Lebné Daogo||15 April 1989||4||0||FAN||v. Egypt, 8 September 2018|
|DF||Abdoulaye Doudou||25 September 1998||2||0||Leixões||v. Uganda, 2 June 2018|
|MF||Yussif Moussa||4 September 1998||3||0||AS Police||v. Eswatini, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Lawali Abdourahamane||8 March 1997||0||0||JS Tahoua||v. Eswatini, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Ousmane Diabaté||9 July 1994||4||0||Jeddah||v. Tunisia, October 2018|
|MF||Boubacar Magid||10 May 1994||4||0||Al-Merrikh||v. Tunisia, October 2018|
|MF||Abdoul Soumana||22 May 2000||0||0||Al-Merrikh||v. Tunisia, October 2018|
|FW||Moussa Maâzou||25 August 1988||49||12||Ohod||v. Tunisia, October 2018|
|FW||Youssouf Oumarou||16 February 1993||27||2||FAN||v. Tunisia, October 2018|
|FW||Boubacar Hainikoye||7 October 1989||5||1||US GN||v. Tunisia, October 2018|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 30 March 2019
- Players in bold text are still active with Niger.
List of coachesEdit
- Heinz-Peter Überjahn (1981–1986)
- Tiemogo Soumaila (?-1992)
- David Nadjadoum (1992–?)
- Tiemogo Soumaïla (?-1998)
- Amadou Touré (1998–1999)
- Patrice Neveu (1999–2000)
- Jean-Yves Chay (2000)
- Harouna Doula Amadou (?-?)
- Yeo Martial (2002–2003)
- Bana Tchanile (2006–2007)
- Hamey Amadou (2007–2008)
- Dan Anghelescu (2008)
- Frederic Costa (2008–2009)
- Harouna Doula Gabde (2009–2012)
- Rolland Courbis (2012)
- Gernot Rohr (2012–2014)
- Cheick Omar Diabate (2014–2015)
- François Zahoui (2015–present)
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- 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.
- "Niger team of 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
- "Martial named Niger coach". BBC News. 26 November 2002.