Nigeria national under-23 football team

Nigeria Olympic football team represents Nigeria in international football competitions in Olympic Games. The selection is limited to male players under the age of 23, except during the Olympic Games where the use of three overage players is allowed. The team is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. In four appearances at the Olympic games, the team won gold in 1996, silver in 2008 and bronze in 2016.

Nigeria
Nickname(s)Dream Team VII or Olympic Eagles
AssociationNigeria Football Federation
Other affiliationNigeria Olympic Committee
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachImama Amapakabo
CaptainAzubuike Okechukwu
Top scorerJunior Ajayi (10)
Home stadiumStephen Keshi Stadium
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1968)
Best resultGold: (1996)
Afcon U-23
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultChampions: (2015)
African Games
Appearances4 (first in 1973)
Best resultGold: (1973)

Competitive recordEdit

Olympic Games recordEdit

 
Nigeria celebrating their gold medal in football at the 1996 Olympics
Olympic Games
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Until 1988 See Nigeria national football team
  1992 Did not qualify
  1996 Gold Medal 1st 6 5 0 1 12 6
  2000 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 8 10
  2004 Did not qualify
  2008 Silver Medal 2nd 6 4 1 1 10 4
  2012 Did not qualify
  2016 Bronze Medal 3rd 6 4 0 2 11 10
  2020 Did not qualify
Total Gold Medal 4/8 22 14 3 5 41 30

African Games recordEdit

African Games
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Bronze Medal 3rd 5 4 0 1 14 3
  1995 Bronze Medal 3rd 5 2 1 2 5 3
  1999 Did not qualify
  2003 Silver Medal 2nd 5 4 0 1 10 2
  2007 Did not qualify
  2011
  2015 Bronze Medal 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4
  2019 See Nigeria national under-20 football team
Total Gold Medal 4/7 19 11 3 5 33 '12

U-23 Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

U-23 Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  2011 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 5 4
  2015 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 8 5
  2019 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 3 2
Total 1/3 11 5 3 3 16 11

Team honours and achievementsEdit

Intercontinental

Continental

Other

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations[3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Abubakar Adamu (1997-06-09)9 June 1997 (aged 23)   Wikki Tourists
16 1GK Mohammed Galadima (2000-11-17)17 November 2000 (aged 20)   Nasarawa United
21 1GK Kingdom Osayi (1999-01-17)17 January 1999 (aged 22)   Giant Brillers

6 2DF Olisa Ndah (1998-01-21)21 January 1998 (aged 23)   Remo Stars
13 2DF Samuel Atavti (1999-08-09)9 August 1999 (aged 21)   Espérance Tunis
4 2DF Valentine Ozornwafor (1999-06-01)1 June 1999 (aged 21)   UD Almería
3 2DF Seth Sincere (1998-04-28)28 April 1998 (aged 23)   Boluspor
2 2DF Josiah Chukwudi (1999-07-14)14 July 1999 (aged 21)   Spartak Trnava B
5 2DF Izuchuckwu Anthony (1997-11-03)3 November 1997 (aged 23)   Spartak Trnava
12 2DF Godfrey Stephen (2000-08-22)22 August 2000 (aged 20)   Isloch Minsk

20 3MF Sunusi Ibrahim (2002-10-01)1 October 2002 (aged 18)   Nasarawa United
15 3MF Aliyu Yau Adam (2000-05-07)7 May 2000 (aged 21)   Spartaks Jūrmala
11 3MF Olabiran Muyiwa (1998-09-07)7 September 1998 (aged 22)   Tambov
10 3MF Kelechi Nwakali (1998-06-05)5 June 1998 (aged 22)   SD Huesca
17 3MF Ndifreke Udo (1998-08-15)15 August 1998 (aged 22)   Akwa United
7 3MF Sunday Faleye (1998-11-29)29 November 1998 (aged 22)   Wacker Innsbruck
19 3MF Tom Dele-Bashiru (1999-09-17)17 September 1999 (aged 21)   Watford
14 3MF Azubuike Okechukwu (1997-04-19)19 April 1997 (aged 24)   İstanbul Başakşehir

8 4FW Orji Okwonkwo (1998-01-19)19 January 1998 (aged 23)   Bologna
9 4FW Taiwo Awoniyi (1997-08-12)12 August 1997 (aged 23)   Union Berlin
18 4FW Bright Enobakhare (1998-02-08)8 February 1998 (aged 23)   SC East Bengal

Overage players in Olympic GamesEdit

Competition Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
Uche Okechukwu (DF) Emmanuel Amunike (MF) Daniel Amokachi (FW)

Recent resultsEdit

2019Edit

10 September 2019 2019 U-23 AFCON Q Nigeria   5-0   Sudan Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba
16:00 UTC+1
  • Awoniyi   13'
  • Udo   25', 44'
  • Faleye   67'
  • Ibrahim   69'
Report Referee: Bangaly Konaté (Guinea)
9 November 2019 2019 U-23 AFCON GS Nigeria   0-1   Ivory Coast Al Salam Stadium, Cairo
18:00 Report
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf (Egypt)
12 November 2019 2019 U-23 AFCON GS Zambia   1-3 Nigeria   Al Salam Stadium, Cairo
21:00
Report
Referee: Slim Belkhouas (Tunisia)
15 November 2019 2019 U-23 AFCON GS Nigeria   0-0   South Africa Al Salam Stadium, Cairo
21:00

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Niger International Tournament 2002". Rsssf.com. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. ^ "TIFOCO Tournament 2003". Rsssf.com. 27 March 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Amapakabo picks Nwakali, Awoniyi, 19 others for title defence". NFF. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.

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