Most Capped Nigerian Footballers Of All Time
Published: December 02, 2019
Most Capped Nigerian Footballers Of All Time As far as the sport football goes, Nigeria have carved out for themselves an impeccable reputation for bringing forth legendary players of the game who has gone on to take the world by storm.

From Nwankwo Kanu to Austine Jay-Jay Okocha to Rashidi Yekini, the illustrious list can go on and on, and can go on to further mirrored the fact that the Super Eagles has produced the best of players in the game.

There are however, a select few that donned with the passion the green of the West African nation, and as well as served the course for quite a long time in which they etched their names into the folklore of Nigerian football.

It have also become evident that when most Nigerian footballers retire they decide to either become coaches or become brand ambassadors of Nigerian-based online casinos according to

In this post, we will run through ten of these players who had played the most games for the national team, highlighting their effervescence and the value they added to the team during their active days.

Osaze Odemwingie: Osaze earned his debut for Nigeria against Kenya in 2002, and went on to become an integral member of the squad. He scored his first goal in a 2004 AFCON  qualifying match against Angola and also starred for Nigeria at the Olympics in 2008, featuring as one of the over aged players

He scored in the quarter-final of the competition against Ivory Coast but will go on to lose the final versus Argentina, with the team claiming the silver

One of the most prolific strikers to have graced the English Premier League, he participated prominently at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring Nigeria's winner against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a group game to give the nation their first victory at the competition since the 1998 edition. He had a total of 65 appearances for the national team, scoring 11 goals.

Peter Rufai: Rufai was readily Nigeria's first choice goalkeeper in the nineties, carving out a niche for himself in between the sticks with his impressive shot-stopping skills.

He won the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia where he looked spirited in goal, including turning out at two editions of the World Cup.

He had a total of 66 senior appearances for the national team.

Stephen Keshi: The ever dependable defender of blessed memory, Keshi became the first Nigerian sportsman to win the Nations Cup both as a player and and coach.

After captaining the team to the trophy in 1994, he was in the dugout as the team claimed their third continental title in 2013.

He turned out 68 times for Nigeria, scoring nine goals.

Jay-Jay Okocha: Okocha is regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation and one of the greatest African players of all time, and rightly so.

On his day, he was said to be virtually able to do anything with the ball and his performances for club and country during his playing days backed it up.

He won the 1994 edition of the Nations Cup, earned runner-up spot in 2000 and finished third place thrice in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

And he was part of the most complete and talented team Nigeria had seen — the Atlanta Olympics '96 gold medalists in men's football. Okocha finished his international career with 73 caps.

Mudashiru Lawal: Till today, Lawal holds the record of being the only player on the continent to have appeared at five consecutive Nations' Cup finals (1976– 1984).

The former Shooting Stars F.C legend was instrumental in helping Nigeria to her first African Nations Cup triumph at the 1980 edition of the African Nations Cup. He accrued 86 caps, scoring 11 goals.

Kanu Nwankwo: Another of the illustrious names on this list, Kanu is one of the most decorated players of his generation. He is one of the very few to have won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal.

Alongside making 86 senior appearances for Nigeria, Papilo scored 13 goals.

John Obi Mikel: Mikel had quite an amazing career with the Super Eagles, representing Nigeria at five Nations cup including two World Cup tournaments.

The Chelsea legend who mostly was a leader figure during his time in the national team earned an Africa Cup of Nations 2013 gold medal, a bronze in 2018 and also an Olympics bronze medal in 2016.

He had 90 appearances for the team, scoring six times before calling time on his international career recently.

Ahmed Musa: Musa is the current skipper of the national team and recently helped the team pick up an AFCON bronze in Egypt.

He's won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 to go with the WAFU Nations Cup he got in 2010.

He is the only Nigerian player to have scored braces at two editions of the World Cup (versus Argentina and Iceland respectively). He has 91 caps and 17 goals to his name so far.

Joseph Yobo: Imposing, strong and gritty in his tackling, Yobo was regarded as one of the best defenders in world football in his time.

He captained the national team to the 2013 African Cup of Nations gold trophy and after a loss to France in the World Cup round of sixteen in 2014, he bowed out of the international scene.

Vincent Enyeama: Enyeama posted a plethora of industrious performances for Nigeria during his time with the national team. He is one of the finest goaltenders the country have ever seen and his unceremonious retirement seem to have left a big void in the team up till this day.

He was one of the 2013 AFCON winning crop and share the all-time joint most caps (101) with Yobo for the national team.

Okocha, Kanu and Amokachi are just a few of the former Super Eagles stars who are now ambassadors for sports books and online casinos in the country.

Emmanuel Chianza
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