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Top 8 Best Nigerian-Born Managers Of All Time



In Africa, Nigeria is known as a hotbed for football and has produced some truly great players.

But what about its managers?


Ademetan Abayomi looks at the 8 best Nigerian-born managers of all time.


8. Festus Onigbinde


The Octogenarian has travelled far and wide as a coach. 

Coach Onigbinde took up the mantle in Nigeria's silver medal run at Cote d'ivoire 1984 African Cup of Nations. He was also the coach at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, where Nigeria were bundled out in the first round.


He has served as FIFA Technical Instructor and worked with Trinidad & Tobago in the past.


7. Yemi Tella


Yemi Tella spent much of his career in the classroom, teaching coaches the rudiments of the game. 

What really makes Tella stand out is his success in the FIFA U17 World Cup in South Korea, where he won the title for Nigeria in 2007. 


6. Emmanuel Amunike


Influenced by the ideas of Clemence Westerhoef, Jo Bonfere and some foreign touch, Amunike took a pressing game which already existed in football to a new level during his stints at the Nigeria U17 side as they won the 2015 FIFA World Cup in style.

He has also coached in Sudan, Tanzania and Egypt. 


5. Fanny Amun


Having won a FIFA U17 World Cup with Nigeria in 1993, Fanny Amun went further by tinkering the Nigeria U17 team to success at Meridean Cup four years later.

He is highly regarded by the football community in Nigeria.


4. Manu Garba


Manu Garba won the U17 World Cup title in 2013 and tutored the U20 side to success at the 2015 U20 African Cup of Nations in Senegal. 

He is a Preacher of Tiki Taka style of play.


3. Samson Siasia


A very dependable coach, who knows how to get the job done. The tough talking coach moulded an unfancied Nigeria U20 team to the final of the 2005 FIFA World Cup. Three years later, picked up a Silver for Nigeria Olympic Team at Beijing 2008. 

Siasia understands the terrain and knows what it takes to get the job done.


2. Amodu Shuaibu


Amodu Shuaibu is remembered for twice qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup (1998 and 2010) and not the leading the team to the competition.

Amodu was well respected at home and abroad. He had a stint at Orlando Pirates of South Africa.


1. Stephen Keshi


In 2013, the late Stephen Keshi became the first Nigerian-born manager to win the African Cup of Nations.

The former Anderletch star helped Nigeria qualify for the 2014 World Cup and the team to second round. The Big Boss is the only Nigerian who has won the African Cup of Nations Title as a player and coach.


His influence stretches far beyond Nigerian football, however, and he's widely considered one of the biggest influences on football in Mali and Togo.

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