Football has been one of the foundations for peace and unity ever since her independence on the 1st of October, 1960. Nigeria, also referred to as the “Giant of Africa” is blessed with raw talents in the world of football across the globe. We have compiled a list of the top 10 Nigerian footballers that were loved by us during their active days. These footballer brought smiles to all Nigerians because of their commitment and exceptional talent.
1. Daniel Amokachi
He was popularly referred to as “The Bull” and was discovered by Clement Westerhof (the then coach of the National team) while he was playing for ranchers Bee. He was born on December 30, 1972. He played a key role in Nigeria’s victory during AFCON 1994 and also during the Olympic 1996 game where Nigeria beat Argentina in the final. The played for Barcelona, Everton FC and other top clubs during his active days.
2. Stephen Keshi
He was born on the 23rd of January, 1962 in Bauchi State. He is Nigeria’s longest serving skipper. He played a key role as a skipper in the national team and featured during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He was also part of the team that won the 1994 African cup of Nations.
He was the former Super eagles coach. Apart from Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt, he was the only person to win the Africa cup of Nations both as a player and a coach.