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Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time

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Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time

Nigeria has produced some of the best football players in Africa and the world at large. It is no surprise that it has won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) (3) three times, which makes it one of most successful national team in the competition.

In this article, we’ll list the top ten 10 Nigerian football players of all time, discussing their contributions to the national team.

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Nigerian Football Players Of All Time

Here’s a look at the list of top ten (10) Nigerian soccer players of all time

Within naija presents with the list of greatest Nigerian footballers ever

1. Nwankwo Kanu

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Nwankwo Kanu
  • Name: Nwankwo Christian Nwosu Kanu
  • Date of birth: Aug 1, 1976
  • Place of birth: Owerri Nigeria
  • Age: 46
  • Height: 1,97 m
  • Citizenship: Nigeria
  • Position: Forward – Centre-Forward
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

He is a two-time African Footballer of the Year and has played for top clubs like Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Ajax.

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2. Austin Okocha

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Austin Jay Jay Okocha
  • Name: Augustine Azuka Okocha
  • Date of birth: Aug 14, 1973
  • Place of birth: Enugu Nigeria
  • Age: 49
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Citizenship: Nigeria
  • Position: Midfielder – Attacking Midfield
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

Popularly known as Jay Jay Okocha, he is one of the most skillful players to have ever come out of Africa. He played for Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers, and Fenerbahçe.

3. Rashidi Yekini

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Rashidi Yekini
  • Name: Rashidi Yekini
  • Date of birth: Oct 23, 1963
  • Place of birth: Kaduna Nigeria
  • Date of death: 04.05.2012 (48)
  • Height: 1,90 m
  • Citizenship: Nigeria
  • Position: Forward – Centre-Forward
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

He is Nigeria’s all-time leading scorer with 37 goals. He played for Vitoria Setubal, Olympiacos, and FC Zurich.

4. Segun Odegbami

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Segun Odegbami

Nicknamed “Mathematical”, he played for IICC Shooting Stars and was part of the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980.

5. Sunday Oliseh

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Sunday Oliseh
  • Name: Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh
  • Date of birth: Sep 14, 1974
  • Place of birth: Abavo Nigeria
  • Age: 48
  • Height: 1,83 m
  • Citizenship: Nigeria
  • Position: Midfielder – Defensive Midfield
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

He played for top clubs like Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, and Juventus. He was also the captain of the Super Eagles who won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.

6. Finidi George

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Finidi George

He played for Ajax and Real Betis and was part of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.

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7. Vincent Enyeama

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Vincent Enyeama
  • Name: Vincent Enyeama
  • Date of birth: Aug 29, 1982
  • Place of birth: Kaduna Nigeria
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 1,82 m
  • Citizenship: Nigeria
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Foot: left
  • Player agent: not clarified
  • Current club: Without Club

He is Nigeria’s most capped goalkeeper and played for top clubs like Hapoel Tel Aviv and Lille OSC.

8. Daniel Amokachi

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Daniel Amokachi

He played for Club Brugge, Everton, and Besiktas. He was also part of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.

9. Emmanuel Amuneke

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Emmanuel Amuneke

He played for Zamalek and Barcelona. He was also part of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.

10. Joseph Yobo

Top 10 Nigerian Football Players Of All Time
Joseph Yobo
  • Name: Joseph Michael Yobo
  • Date of birth: Sep 6, 1980
  • Place of birth: Kono Nigeria
  • Age: 42
  • Height: 1,88 m
  • Citizenship: Nigeria
  • Position: Defender – Centre-Back
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

He is Nigeria’s most capped outfield player and played for top clubs like Everton and Fenerbahçe. He was also the captain of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

These players have not only made a name for themselves in Nigeria but also on the international scene. Their contributions to Nigerian football will always be remembered and celebrated.