Nigeria national football team
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 recent title in 2013, after defeating Burkina Faso in the final.
|Association||Nigeria Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Gernot Rohr|
|Captain||John Mikel Obi|
|Most caps||Vincent Enyeama (101)|
Joseph Yobo (101)
|Top scorer||Rashidi Yekini (37)|
|Home stadium||Abuja National Stadium|
|Current||46 2 (7 February 2019)|
|Highest||5 (April 1994)|
|Lowest||82 (November 1999)|
|Current||42 2 (2 February 2019)|
|Highest||15 (31 May 2004)|
|Lowest||72 (27 December 1964)|
| Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria |
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 8 October 1949)
| Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey |
(Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
| Gold Coast and British Togoland|
(Accra, Gold Coast; 1 June 1955)
|Appearances||6 (first in 1994)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||18 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions (1980, 1994, 2013)|
|African Nations Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2014)|
|Best result||Runners up (2018)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1995)|
|Best result||Fourth Place (1995)|
In April 1994, the Super Eagles were 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.
After playing other colonies in unofficial games since the 1930s, 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.
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.
Kits and crestEdit
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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.
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. Before that, Nike supplied Nigeria's kit between 1998 and 2003.
|Nike||2015–present||1 May 2015–30 October 2018 (3 years & 6 months)||Total $3.75m / 743m Naira|
|1 November 2018–30 October 2022 (4 years)||Undisclosed||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. 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". 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".
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. 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". The two sides played for several rivalry and tournament cups during this period in which full international competition was barred to them.
Other African nationsEdit
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.
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. The fixture is the most common in the competition's history involving an African nation. 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 and 2018 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.
The Nigerian football federation currently has an active deal with the parent company of AIT and Ray Power Radio. 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. 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.
The Nigerian Football Supporters Club (NFSC) is the primary supporters club for the Nigerian football team. 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. However, the club's efforts at improving the atmosphere at Nigeria's home and away matches are beset by funding issues, corruption and infighting. 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.
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. A popular chant among supporters from all over the country, after a goal scored, is "Oshe Baba!", which means "Thank you father!" in Yoruba.
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 venuesEdit
|Godswill Akpabio International Stadium||30,000||2012||Uyo||Akwa Ibom|||
|Stephen Keshi Stadium||22,000||2018||Asaba||Delta State|
|Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium||38,000||2015||Port Harcourt||Rivers|||
|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 recordEdit
1994 World CupEdit
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 CupEdit
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 CupsEdit
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.
2010 World CupEdit
Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a controversial Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute. 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, 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. This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference.
On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions, but the sanction of suspension was applied by FIFA some three months after. On 4 October 2010, Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup. 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.
2014 World CupEdit
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 CupEdit
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 and defeated Algeria 3–1 in their second match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium. They went on to beat Cameroon 5–1 home and away in a back to back contest.
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. On 3 June 2018, coach Gernot Rohr unveiled a 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Nigeria lost their first match of the tournament 0–2 to Croatia in Kaliningrad, before they won 2–0 in the second match against brave Iceland, with Ahmed Musa scored both goals. 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, with one goal by Victor Moses. 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.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930||Uruguay||Did not enter|
|1962||Chile||Did not qualify|
|1970||Mexico||Did not qualify|
|1994||USA||Round of 16||9th||4||2||0||2||7||4|
|2002|| South Korea
|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|
|Total||Round of 16||6/21||21||6||3||12||23||30|
- All African nations withdrew due to a lack of qualifying berths.
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
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
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.
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.
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.
2019 Cup of NationsEdit
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. Nigeria topped the group and qualified after playing out a barren draw with South Africa in Johannesburg.
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1972||Did not qualify|
|1986||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
|2015||Did not qualify|
- *Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
African Nations Championship recordEdit
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.
|Ivory Coast 2009||Did not qualify|
|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||Second place||2nd||6||4||1||1||7||6|
|Ethiopia 2020||To be decided|
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games Record|
|1991–present||See Nigeria national under-23 football team|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
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 2013 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|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|1997||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||Did Not Qualify|
Team honours and achievementsEdit
Win Draw Loss
|15 January 2018 **CHAN 2018 GS||Nigeria||0–0||Rwanda||Tangier, Morocco|
|19:30 (WET, UTC±00:00)||Report||Stadium: Stade Ibn Batouta|
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
|19 January 2018 **CHAN 2018 GS||Libya||0–1||Nigeria||Tangier, Morocco|
|16:30 (WET, UTC±00:00)||Report||Faleye 79'||Stadium: Stade Ibn Batouta|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
|23 January 2018 **CHAN 2018 GS||Equatorial Guinea||1–3||Nigeria||Agadir, Morocco|
|19:00 (WET, UTC±00:00)||Nsi 40'||Report||Okpotu 60'
D. Ojo 69'
Ali 84' (pen)
|Stadium: Stade Adrar|
Referee: Abou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast)
|28 January 2018 **CHAN 2018 QF||Nigeria||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Angola||Tangier, Morocco|
|16:30 (WET, UTC±00:00)||Okpotu 90+2'
|Report||Vá 56'||Stadium: Stade Ibn Batouta|
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
|31 January 2018 **CHAN 2018 SF||Sudan||0–1||Nigeria||Marrakesh, Morocco|
|19:30 (WET, UTC±00:00)||Report||Okechukwu 16'||Stadium: Stade de Marrakech|
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
|4 February 2018 **CHAN 2018 Final||Morocco||4–0||Nigeria||Casablanca, Morocco|
|19:00 (WET, UTC±00:00)||Hadraf 45', 64'
El Karti 61'
El Kaabi 73'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Mohammed V|
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Poland||0–1||Nigeria||Wrocław, Poland|
|20:45 (CET, UTC+1)||Report||V. Moses 61' (pen.)||Stadium: Stadion Miejski|
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Nigeria||0–2||Serbia||London, England|
|22:00 (GMT, UTC±0)||Report||Mitrović 68', 81'||Stadium: The Hive Stadium|
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
|22 May 2018 Gotv 2018 Max Cup||Nigeria||2–3||Atlético Madrid||Uyo, Nigeria|
|K. Nwakali 31'
|Stadium: Godswill Akpabio International Stadium|
|28 May 2018 Friendly||Nigeria||1–1||DR Congo||Port Harcourt, Nigeria|
|17:10 (WAT, UTC+1)||Troost-Ekong 14'||Report||Malango 78' (pen.)||Stadium: Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium|
Referee: Issaka Afful (Ghana)
|2 June 2018 Friendly||England||2–1||Nigeria||London, England|
|17:15 (BST, UTC+1)||Cahill 7'
|Report||Iwobi 47'||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
|6 June 2018 Friendly||Nigeria||0–1||Czech Republic||Schwechat, Austria|
|15:00 (CEST, UTC+2)||Report||Kalas 25'||Stadium: Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion|
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
|16 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Croatia||2–0||Nigeria||Kaliningrad, Russia|
|21:00 KALT (UTC+2)||Etebo 32' (o.g.)
Modrić 71' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium|
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
|22 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Nigeria||2–0||Iceland||Volgograd, Russia|
|18:00 MSK (UTC+3)||Musa 49', 75'||Report||Stadium: Volgograd Arena|
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
|26 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Nigeria||1–2||Argentina||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|21:00 MSK (UTC+3)||V. Moses 51' (pen.)||Report||Messi 14'
|Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium|
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
|8 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Seychelles||0–3||Nigeria||Victoria, Seychelles|
|16:30 SCT (UTC+4)||Report||Musa 15'
Ighalo 57' (pen.)
|Stadium: Stade Linité|
Referee: Davies Omweno (Kenya)
|11 September 2018 Friendly||Liberia||1–2||Nigeria||Monrovia, Liberia|
|19:00 GMT||Sherman 89' (p)||Report||Onyekuru 14'
|Stadium: Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex|
|13 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Nigeria||4–0||Libya||Uyo, Nigeria|
|16:00 WAT (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Godswill Akpabio International Stadium|
Referee: Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Libya||2–3||Nigeria||Sfax, Tunisia|
|19:00 CET (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Stade Taïeb Mhiri|
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
|17 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||South Africa||1–1||Nigeria||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|15:00 SAST (UTC+2)||
||Report||Stadium: FNB Stadium|
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
|20 November 2018 Friendly||Nigeria||0–0||Uganda||Asaba, Nigeria|
|16:45 WAT (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Stephen Keshi Stadium|
Referee: Djindo Louis Houngnandande (Benin)
* 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.
Current team statusEdit
2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualificationEdit
|1||Nigeria (Q)||5||3||1||1||11||5||+6||10||Final tournament||—||0–2||4–0||18–26 Mar|
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
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.
|Technical Adviser||Gernot Rohr|
|Technical Director||Bitrus Bewarang|
|Technical Assistant||Muhammad Khalifa|
|Technical Assistant II||Ikechukwu Akpeyi|
|Video Analyst||Muhammadu Khamis|
|Assistant Coach||Imama Amapakabo|
|Goalkeeper Trainer||Alloysius Agu|
The following 23 players were called up for the 2019 AFCON Qualifier against South Africa and the friendly match against Uganda in November 2018.
Caps and goals current as of 20 November 2018 after the match against Uganda.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ikechukwu Ezenwa||16 October 1988||20||0||Katsina United|
|16||GK||Daniel Akpeyi||3 August 1986||9||0||Kaizer Chiefs|
|23||GK||Theophilus Afelokhai||7 April 1988||0||0||Akwa United|
|22||DF||Kenneth Omeruo||17 October 1993||43||0||Leganés|
|5||DF||William Troost-Ekong||1 September 1993||28||1||Udinese|
|6||DF||Leon Balogun||28 June 1989||26||0||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|2||DF||Brian Idowu||18 May 1992||10||1||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|DF||Ola Aina||8 October 1996||7||0||Torino|
|20||DF||Semi Ajayi||8 October 1993||5||0||Rotherham United|
|3||DF||Jamilu Collins||5 August 1994||5||0||Paderborn 07|
|12||DF||Adeleye Aniyikaye||6 January 1993||1||0||Ifeanyi Ubah|
|19||MF||John Ogu||20 April 1988||23||2||Hapoel Be'er Sheva|
|8||MF||Peter Etebo||9 November 1995||23||1||Stoke City|
|4||MF||Mikel Agu||27 May 1993||7||0||Vitória Setúbal|
|17||MF||Samuel Kalu||26 August 1997||6||1||Bordeaux|
|10||MF||Samuel Chukwueze||22 May 1999||1||0||Villarreal|
|7||FW||Ahmed Musa (captain)||14 October 1992||80||17||Al-Nassr|
|18||FW||Alex Iwobi||3 May 1996||26||5||Arsenal|
|14||FW||Kelechi Iheanacho||3 October 1996||25||8||Leicester City|
|15||FW||Moses Simon||12 July 1995||22||4||Levante|
|11||FW||Henry Onyekuru||5 June 1997||8||1||Galatasaray|
|13||FW||Isaac Success||7 January 1996||4||0||Watford|
|9||FW||Victor Osimhen||29 December 1998||3||0||Charleroi|
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||Francis Uzoho||28 October 1998||12||0||Anorthosis Famagusta||v. South Africa, 17 November 2018 INJ|
|GK||Dele Ajiboye||7 August 1990||3||0||Plateau United||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|GK||Olorunleke Ojo||17 August 1995||0||0||Akwa United||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|GK||Olufemi Kayode||31 December 1992||0||0||Lobi Stars||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|GK||Olufemi Thomas||5 August 1989||0||0||Rivers United||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|DF||Chidozie Awaziem||1 January 1997||6||1||Çaykur Rizespor||v. South Africa, 16 November 2018 PRE|
|DF||Shehu Abdullahi||12 March 1993||29||0||Bursaspor||v. Libya, 13 October 2018 INJ|
|DF||Olamilekan Adeleye||6 June 1995||6||0||Ifeanyi Ubah||v. Liberia, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Ebube Duru||1||0||Lobi Stars||v. Liberia, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Stephen Eze||8 March 1994||13||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Seychelles, 7 September 2018 PRE|
|DF||Musa Muhammed||31 October 1996||3||0||Gorica||v. Seychelles, 7 September 2018 PRE|
|DF||Elderson Echiéjilé||20 January 1988||62||3||Unattached||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Tyronne Ebuehi||16 December 1995||8||0||Benfica||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Ikouwem Udo||11 November 1999||3||0||Enyimba||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|DF||Chinedu Ajanah||23 October 1996||0||0||Katsina United||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|DF||Stanley Okorom||13 May 1994||0||0||MFM||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|DF||Isiaka Oladuntoye||20 January 1991||0||0||Enugu Rangers||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|DF||Austin Opara||10 January 1996||0||0||MFM||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|MF||Ogenyi Onazi||25 December 1992||52||1||Trabzonspor||v. Libya, 13 October 2018 INJ|
|MF||Wilfred Ndidi||16 December 1996||24||0||Leicester City||v. Libya, 13 October 2018 INJ|
|MF||Joel Obi||22 May 1991||17||0||Alanyaspor||v. Liberia, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Kelechi Nwakali||5 June 1998||1||0||Porto B||v. Liberia, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Uche Agbo||4 December 1995||1||0||Rayo Vallecano||v. Seychelles, 7 September 2018 PRE|
|MF||John Obi Mikel||22 April 1987||87||6||Middlesbrough||2018 FIFA World Cup WD|
|MF||Victor Moses||12 December 1990||38||12||Fenerbahçe||2018 FIFA World Cup RET|
|MF||Dayo Ojo||10 October 1994||5||1||Sunshine Stars||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|MF||Abdullahi Alhassan||3 November 1996||3||0||Nacional||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|MF||Mohammed Usman||2 March 1994||3||0||Sarpsborg 08||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|MF||Destiny Ashadi||31 March 1995||1||0||Katsina United||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|MF||Emem Eduok||31 January 1994||1||0||BB Erzurumspor||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|MF||Raphael Ayagwa||4 February 1997||0||0||Lillestrøm||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|MF||Chidiebere Nwakali||26 December 1996||0||0||Raków Częstochowa||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|FW||Odion Ighalo||16 June 1989||25||10||Shanghai Shenhua||v. South Africa, 16 November 2018 INJ|
|FW||Sunday Adetunji||10 December 1997||1||0||Enyimba||v. South Africa, 16 November 2018 PRE|
|FW||Junior Lokosa||23 August 1993||1||0||Espérance||v. South Africa, 16 November 2018 PRE|
|FW||Nyima Nwagua||9 May 1993||0||0||Kano Pillars||v. South Africa, 16 November 2018 PRE|
|FW||Simeon Nwankwo||7 May 1992||5||1||Crotone||v. Liberia, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Mfon Udoh||14 March 1992||3||1||Akwa United||v. Liberia, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Blessing Eleke||5 March 1996||0||0||Luzern||v. Seychelles, 7 September 2018 PRE|
|FW||Alhassan Ibrahim||20 January 2000||0||0||Kano Pillars||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|FW||Tosin Omoyele||3 August 1996||0||0||Nogoom||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|FW||Samad Kadiri||8 September 1995||0||0||Lobi Stars||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|FW||Umar Sadiq||2 February 1997||0||0||Perugia||v. Atlético Madrid, 22 May 2018|
|FW||Gabriel Okechukwu||28 August 1995||5||2||Wydad Casablanca||v. Serbia, 27 March 2018|
|FW||Junior Ajayi||29 January 1996||1||0||Al Ahly||v. Serbia, 27 March 2018|
INJ Withdrew because of an injury.
All-time player recordsEdit
- As of 16 October 2018
Most capped playersEdit
|3||John Obi Mikel||87||6||2006–Present|
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