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Nigeria’s Top Ten Greatest Footballers Of All Time

Nigeria’s love of football is out and beyond. The Super Eagles, the men’s national team for Nigeria, is one of the most popular football clubs in Africa and among the most popular teams to bet on Betway.
Talking about Betway, you have more people betting on other sports too like but that’s just part of the story of the online betting growth.
It was one of the few groups from the African continent which made it to the World Cup in Russia 2018.
The country has a large pool of talented players who have gone to play for European clubs.

Here is a look at Nigeria’s top 10 greatest footballers of all time.

10. Teslim Olawale Balogun

Balogun was a senior football player in the mid-sixties, and he was popularly referred to as Thunder in his heydays. He played for famous clubs such as Marine Athletics, Apapa Bombers, Railways Xi, PNA
Bank and Dynamo Club.

9. Yakubu Aiyegbeni:

The Yak is the third most successful football striker have ever played for the Super Eagles. He has a record of 21 goals. He is most remembered for his mischievous golden smile when he missed out on a target. Yakubu has gone ahead to play for countries such as England Qatar, Turkey and Israel.

8. Muda Lawal:

Although Lawal came from humble Beginnings shut up to stardom during the mid-70s to become one of the most feared midfielders of the Super Eagles. He was one of the few players who rose to fame as a result of playing in local leagues. Lawal scored 12 goals in 86 appearances in the national team.

7. Sunday Oliseh:

Oliseh is arguably the most successful defensive midfielder Nigeria has ever had. He went on ahead to play for organisations such as Juventus, Ajax, Borussia and FC Koln.

6. Stephen Okechukwu Keshi

Keshi was successful as both a player with the Super Eagles and a coach. He won the African Cup of Nations in 1994 when he was playing and later in 2013 when he was coaching the national team. Keshi has won numerous Awards such as the Belgian Cup, West African Club Championship and Coupe Houphoet Boigny.

5. Vincent Enyeama:

Enyeama is one of the few players who has denied Lionel Messi. And he did it not only once but twice in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. It is without a doubt that he’s one of the best goalkeepers Nigeria has ever had and that’s why he cannot miss on the list.

4.Segun Odegbami

Odegbami was nicknamed the mathematician because he was a brilliant player. Before he began his career as a football player, he graduated from the Polytechnic in Ibadan as an engineer. However, when he joined football in the mid-70s, he would rise to become the second most scoring player of all time in Nigeria. He led Nigerian to their first win the African Cup of Nations in 1980.

3. Austin Jay-Jay Okocha

Okocha was named as one of the top 5 most skilful players in the entire world by the Legendary Pele. His skills with the ball were like no other. He was part of the 1994 afcon winning squad.

2. Rashidi Yekini:

Who is arguably the best goal striker in Nigeria? Yes, you got it right it’s Yekini. He has scored 38 goals in 54 Appearances with the Super Eagles.

1. Kanu Nwankwo.

The greatest footballer in Nigerian history is Papilio. In 1996 during the Atlanta Olympic games scored the winning goal to ensure that Nigeria beat Brazil 4-3. He also became the first Nigerian to be part of the UEFA winning team when Ajax won the championship in 1994.


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