TOP 10 NIGERIA GREATEST OF ALL TIME FOOTBALLERS



10. VINCENT ENYEAMA  

[2002-2015, 101 caps, no goal]


Vincent Enyeama


Vincient Enyeama is one of Nigeria’s most capped player of all time and one of the greatest keeper Nigeria ever had, since his momentous leaving on the 8th of October, 2015 Nigeria have been suffering good expertise of goal keepers.


Vicient ended his international career with 101 Caps.  

He became the first ever goalkeeper to win Ligue 1's African Footballer of the Year award.

His international career came fully into the limelight at the 2002 World Cup where he kept a clean sheet against England in the group stages, while in 2010, although Nigeria were beaten 1-0 by Argentina, his performance to deny Lionel Messi on numerous occasions was lauded.


9. PATRICK OLUSEGUN ODEGBAMI

[1976-1982, 46 caps, 23 goals]

Segun Odegbami

Patrick Olusegun Odegbami played as a Nigerian forward striker in the late 70s despite that he only represented Nigeria for Six Years and he was able to cover the netting of 23 goals.

In 1980, he was the joint leading goalscorer alongside Morocco's Khalid Labied as Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in history. Fortunately he was featured in the Team of the Tournament for that year and all these successful years in the National team while he spent all of his playing time in his homeland with Shooting Stars.


8. SUNDAY OLISEH

[1993-2002, 63 caps, 4 goals]
Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh played as a Nigerian Midfieder and currently a football coach and Sport Analyst while his relevancy still lives till today, he is one of the reputable figures in the world of sport both then and now, well you don't play for the likes of Juventus, Ajax, Genk and Borussia Dortmund if  you don't have what it takes to be a celebrated champion.

Oliseh's main prowess as a midfielder was his passing, which more often than not was extremely accurate.

Oliseh was labeled with more tittle in Holland and Germany among his list of honours, it will be the gold medal that he won while on international duty that brought about his early rose to stardom.
He was instrumental as Nigeria knocked out Brazil at the semi-final stage of Atlanta '96, before beating Hernan Crespo's Argentina in the final.

In 1994, he also lifted the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as receiving plaudits for the man-marking job that he carried out on Diego Maradona at that year's World Cup. Then, at France '98, he scored memorable goal from distance against Spain.

Recently he manages the ilks of Eupen  as a Sport director in 2007,  Verviétois 2008, Nigeria, 2015 and Fortuna Sittard, 2017.

7. STEPHEN KESHI

[1981-1995, 60 caps, 9 goals]

Stephen Keshi


May the blessed Soul of Stephen Keshi rest in Peace having doing great exploits for Nigeria National Team at large as a player and a Coach.

He was a defender and still Nigeria's longest ever serving skipper. He featured at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments as a player  - collecting a winners' medal in 1984  and the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

As a manager he  achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006.

The Nigerian Football Association appointed Keshi as the Senior National Team head coach.

He made an almost instant impact on the team as a coach and led the Super Eagles to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which lauded him an accolade to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach when he led Nigeria to a glorious outing in South Africa after defeating Burkina Faso by 1-0 outcome where he became one of the only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary to have won the title as a coach and a player.

A true leader he was even during his playing time, he harnessed opportunities for his  fellow countrymen to move to Europe after he switched to Belgian side Lokeren in 1986, before he furthered represented Anderlecht and Strasbourg in the latter days.


6. TARIBO WEST

[1994-2002, 41 caps, no goal]

Taribo West

Taribo West was best known for his many ridiculous unusual colourful hairstyles, he was  part of the 1996 gold medal-winning Nigeria side in Atalanta. He also featured prominently at the World Cups in 1998 and 2002. 

His impact on Nigerian football is so big that in his homeland there is a club named Taribo West FC.

He won several major trophies with Auxerre in French football, he as well played for both Milanese clubs: Ac Milan and Inter Milan before heading to the Premier League with Derby County. He later retired in 2008 after terrible experiences of hectic careers.


5. Finidi George 

[1991-2002, 62 caps, 6 goals]

Finidi George

He was was a right winger and was duly acclaimed to be an inconsistent performers at the best of times not until he arrived at Ajax in 1993, where his goals helped the Amsterdammers to win three Eredivisie titles and the Champions League once.

He then made the move to Real Betis in 1996, he was regarded to be one of the best wingers in world football. His performances in Spain were believed to have captured the attention of Real Madrid at one stage, but the move fell through.

George then spent a season that ended in relegation from the Premier League with Ipswich Town, but overall, it was a largely successful club career.

His time at international level was also a positive one. On debut against Burkina Faso he set up three goals in a 7-1 win, as well as scoring against Greece at the 1994 World Cup.


4. Uchechukwu Okechukwu 

[1990-2002, 46 caps, 2 goals]

Uche Okechukwu

Uchechukwu  Alozie Okechukwu was a central defender alongside Stephen Keshi. 

He won a gold medal in 1996 and was also included in the squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994.

The centre-back featured heavily as when Brondby reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1991, while he also lifted the Danish League title on two occasions.

The majority of his career, though, was spent in Turkey with Fenerbahce. He helped the Istanbul-based outfit to win the Turkish League twice in 1996 and 2001. Also, Okechukwu was in the starting lineup the night that Fenerbahce ended Manchester United's 40-year unbeaten European home record at Old Trafford in 1996.



3. RASHIDI YEKININ

[1984-1998, 58 caps, 37 goals]

Rashidi Yekinin


Rashidi Yekini played as a Striker during is career and will forever be a Nigerian hero, largely because he scored his nation's first ever World Cup goal during a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria at USA '94.

Early '94 he was at the Africa Cup of Nations and ended up to be the tournament's leading goalscorer with five goals as Nigeria won the title.

His most memorable sensation at the club level was spent in Portugal with Vitoria FC, where his prolific streak helped him to be voted the African Footballer of the Year in 1993 - the first player from Nigeria to win the award.

Sadly, in 2011, rumours started to surface surrounding his ill health and in May 2012 it was confirmed that Nigeria's leading goalscorer of all time passed away although the cause of death was never officially confirmed.


2. JAY JAY OKOCHA 

[1993-2006, 75 caps, 14 goals]


Jay Jay Okocha

Augustine Azuka Okocha played as an Attacking Midfielder, he was famed for his incredible dribbling ability because there hasn't been another effective African footballer ever as Okocha.

Throughout his career, Okocha had a real deal of luring in a defender, beating them down to their game just with a drop of shoulder or a body movement.

Having impressed with the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce and Paris Saint-Germain, it was with Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League where his quality majorly shone through.

During his first season with Bolton, he helped to keep the club in the division, before captaining them to the League Cup final in 2004, where they were defeated by Middlesbrough.

The 2005 African Footballer of the Year was one of the mainstays of Nigeria's golden generation during the 1990s, which went a long way to him being included on Pele's list of the top 125 living footballers of all time in 2004.


1. NWANKWO KANU 

[1994-2010, 86 caps, 13 goals]

Nwankwo Kanu

Who did remember this:

Papilo, i know say one day you go make us proud.

Yes, he did make Nigeria Proud.

He is Nigeria's most decorated footballer and most honourable player in the forward line.

In the early part of his career he won three Eredivisie titles and the Champions League with Dutch side Ajax, before going on to lift the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998.

He then switched to Arsenal in the summer of 1999, where he would win a brace of Premier League titles and FA Cups.

Arguably his most memorable contribution came in an away match at Chelsea, during which he scored a 15-minute hat-trick to secure a 3-2 win.

The two-time African Football of the Year, who also played for West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth, won the  with Nigeria.

Kanu won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards with Olympic gold medal in 1996 .

He is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal. He made the third-most substitute appearances in Premier League history, appearing from the bench 118 times  and he is respectely regarded as one of the best players in African football history.

TODAY, KANU DID MADE US PROUD AS A NIGERIAN.

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