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2 Super Eagles Goalkeepers Who Might Be Affected If Okonkwo, Prince & Jinadu Play For Nigeria

In the last century, Nigeria has produced great goalkeepers like Pa Ibiam, Emmanuel Okala, Best Ogedegbe, Alloy Agu, Peter Rufai and Vincent. These patriots gave fans joy whenever they were behind the sticks. Coaches had confidence in their abilities. Okala was the hero for Nigeria at the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), same with Rufai 14 years later.

  9 months ago ago
2 Super Eagles Goalkeepers Who Might Be Affected If Okonkwo, Prince & Jinadu Play For Nigeria

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Seven Super Eagles Goalkeepers Who Play For Clubs In Europe.

Some of the finest goalkeepers to ever feature in the round-leather game are from Africa. And narrowing it further, Nigeria has had her own fair share of talented goalkeepers. Names like Peter Rufai, Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Okala are names that football fans will never forget in a hurry, as they have had memorable moments playing for the national team. Till today, many Nigerians are undecided as to who is Nigeria's greatest goalkeeper, the argument usually being narrowed down to Peter Rufai and Vincent

  2 years ago ago
Seven Super Eagles Goalkeepers Who Play For Clubs In Europe.

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Legendary Nigeria National Team Goalkeeper Clocks 70

One of the best goalkeepers that have ever represented Nigeria and indeed one of Africa's best ever, Emmanuel Okala is celebrating his 70th birthday.Among many other great feats achieved during his illustrious career, Okala is proudly the only Nigerian goalkeeper to be decorated as 'African Footballer of the Year' by the African Sports Journalists Union, ASJU.

  1 year ago ago
Legendary Nigeria National Team Goalkeeper Clocks 70

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9 tallest Nigerian Goalkeepers to have played for the Super Eagles

From short, lightning-quick wingers, to tall, if it is your dream to make it as a Nigerian professional footballer, your height is almost certainly not going to be a roadblock in your quest to glory. If you're standing tall at well over 6 feet, it is likely that you'll make a good goalkeeper, target-man or perhaps a towering defenders. Throughout Nigeria football history, fans have had, and still have, the possibility of being dazzled by the magnificent abilities that goalkeepers have to defend their goal

  1 year ago ago
9 tallest Nigerian Goalkeepers to have played for the Super Eagles

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Meet Nigeria's Best Goalkeeper of All-time and Why He Deserves More Accolades

When the discussion of the best Nigerian footballer is made, it generates divergent opinion depending on the generation you belong to. Regardless, some names - Austin Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Segun Odegbami, Stephen Keshi and some others are common features. Very few people will mention the name of any goalkeeper. It is not peculiar to Nigeria though, even in global awards and recognitions, goalkeepers and defenders rarely get look ins. For this writer, there is particular goalkeeper that should not just be respected

  1 year ago ago
Meet Nigeria's Best Goalkeeper of All-time and Why He Deserves More Accolades

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5 Goalkeepers Who Are Making Nigeria Proud Abroad & Their Clean Sheets

Strikers and midfielders always get the plaudits in football. They win laurels in the round leather game.  What about those that work tireless to stop the opposition scoring? In the past goalkeepers like Emmanuel Okala, Best Ogedengbe, Peter Fregene, Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Ike Shorunmu and Vincent have made Nigeria proud at senior level. Let us recognize five most solid Nigerian goalkeepers abroad by clean sheets in 2019/20 season so far. 5. Francis Uzoho - 3 Clean Sheets (5 Matches) Despite missing major

  1 year ago ago
5 Goalkeepers Who Are Making Nigeria Proud Abroad & Their Clean Sheets

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Meet the 7 Nigerian Goalkeepers Who Currently Play for European Clubs.

Over the years, Nigeria has produced some of the finest goalkeepers the world has seen. The likes of Emmanuel Okala, Peter Rufai, Alloysius Agu, Best Ogedengbe, Ike Shorunmu and Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide. There are arguments as to who is Nigeria's best goalkeepers ever. Some say Okala, some Rufai, some Enyeama. However, this article is not meant to answer that question. They were all exceptional goalkeepers and we are proud of them. But in recent times, people have come out to complain about the pres

  2 years ago ago
Meet the 7 Nigerian Goalkeepers Who Currently Play for European Clubs.

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Peter Enyeama or Peter Rufai: Who is the best ever?

Though they belong to different eras and broadly differ in abilities, Rufai and Enyeama share an apparent trait: they left indelible marks in their position for both club and country. Given that others who have worn the Super Eagles No. 1 jersey include Best Ogedegbe, Emmanuel Okala, and Peter Fregene, the pair's dominance among Nigerian shot-stoppers is testimony to their brilliance. Fondly called ‘Dodo Mayana’, Rufai was the hero for young, upcoming Nigerian prospects including his successor. Enyeama even

  2 years ago ago
Peter Enyeama or Peter Rufai: Who is the best ever?

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Nigeria's Footballers of The 70s

Emmanuel Okala Emmanuel Okala is an ex-goalkeepr who played for the Nigerian National Football team between 1972 and 1980.He was named the African footballer of the year in 1978 and also added the African Cup of Nations trophy to his profile in 1980.The Onitsha born former goalkeeper, is a living legend who is aged 69.

  1 year ago ago
Nigeria's Footballers of The 70s

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Meet Nigerian Goalkeeper, Who Is Africa's Highest-scoring Goalkeeper Ever.

Goalkeepers are arguably the most underrated people in a football team. They do not often make headlines and people are quick to forget how important they are to a team, except on occasions when they make very important saves. Only one goalkeeper, Lev Yashin, in the history of football has won the FIFA ballon d'Or. This goes to show you how underrated Goalkeepers are. Nigeria has produced some of the finest goalkeepers football has ever seen. The likes of Emmanuel Okala, Peter Rufai, Best Ogedenbe, Ike Shor

  1 year ago ago
Meet Nigerian Goalkeeper, Who Is Africa's Highest-scoring Goalkeeper Ever.

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The Greatest Nigerian XI: Goalkeeper

Ah, football. Nothing brings out the emotion in us quite like it, especially (if you are Nigerian) when the Super Eagles are playing in tournaments. African Nations Cup, qualifiers for the African Nations Cup, World Cup qualifiers, the World Cup, it really doesn't matter; the Nigerian football fan will watch it. And not just watch it, no. The Nigerian fan will even coach it. For instance, when the African Nations Cup rolled around in 1980, with Nigeria hosting it, many football fans were surprised when Braz

  2 years ago ago
The Greatest Nigerian XI: Goalkeeper

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The Greatest Nigerian XI: Goalkeeper (II)

There you are! Let's get on with it, shall we? 3. Peter Rufai: Peter Rufai, like Emmanuel Okala before him, was a towering goalie. Unlike Okala though, he was more a gentle giant than an intimidating foe but he stakes a claim as the greatest shot-stopper for Nigeria because of his extraordinary penalty heroics. You just could not score five in a row against Dodo Mayana. Don't ask me where he got that nickname from, but I'll ask him in my next post. There was a dancer for the late great afro beat legend, Fel

  2 years ago ago
The Greatest Nigerian XI: Goalkeeper (II)

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Who Sabi Pass? Peter Rufai Or Vincent Enyeama

Many fans of the Nigerian National Team remember the battle between Alloy Agu and Peter Rufai for the post between the sticks. Neither keeper could stand the other and both fought hard between the mid 80's and early 90's in order to get the role of Nigeria number one goalkeeper for the World Cup in 1994. Back then Peter Rufai ended up being picked by Dutch Man Clemens Westherhof.  Peter Rufai and Vincent Enyeama belong to different eras and broadly differ in abilities, both share an apparent trait as they left

  2 years ago ago
Who Sabi Pass? Peter Rufai Or Vincent Enyeama

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See The Tallest Football Player In Nigerian Football History

In the game of football, height is not a major determinant to classify how good a player is or can be. However, being unusually tall comes with a lot of advantages that includes being able to gain better aerial control when the ball is in the air which proves pivotal as a striker or goalkeeper. Even as a defender it helps a lot as it helps you save your team from conceding goals from the high ball situation. Nigeria has been blessed with a lot of tall football stars who have donned the football jerseys of t

  2 years ago ago
See The Tallest Football Player In Nigerian Football History

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Remembering the full squad that won first AFCON for Nigeria

Remembering the full squad that won first AFCON for Nigeria  These wonderful set of Green Eagles now Super Eagles won Nigeria’s first Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) in 1980.  The team was captained by the great Christian “Chairman” Chukwu who became the best player of the tournament.  Segun Odegbami aka mathematical was joint top scorer of the tournament with 3 goals.  Six out of the Green Eagles are late.   Below are their full names with nickname: Late Best Ogedegbe, David Adiele, Late Okey Is

  2 years ago ago
Remembering the full squad that won first AFCON for Nigeria

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Which is Nigeria’s best AFCON winning squad?

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have won the Africa Cup of Nations, three times in 1980, 1994 and 2013 and all three of these teams had their unique qualities so we will all be hard pressed to pick out the best team to win the Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria. However, I have decided to give it a try, with help from three top football pundits, Calvin of ACL Sports, Akinbode Oguntuyi of Sports Vision and Oba Adeola, a football pundit with BEN TV in the UK. So, which was Nigeria’s best AFCON winning side? The Gre

  2 years ago ago
Which is Nigeria’s best AFCON winning squad?

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Four reasons why great goalkeepers are no longer produced in Nigeria

Digging dip: Ex-Super Eagles' goalie Ike Shorunmu addressing the keepers' issue Afolabi Gambari Succession was easy between good old former Green Eagles’ goalkeeper Inua Rigogo to Peter Fregene, onward Emmanuel Okala to Best Ogedegbe and then Peter Rufai to Ike Shorunmu and finally to Vincent Enyeama. All these made verifiable great marks. Suddenly, not any more. Keepers now come and scarcely make any mark before disappearing from the scene. Or at best, they lose spots and then struggle to regain the spot

  2 years ago ago
Four reasons why great goalkeepers are no longer produced in Nigeria

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Powerful NFF Delegate Led By Alahji Ahmed Fresh Graced Anambra Super 8 Final

Anambra state yesterday, Saturday , 3rd April had the rare privilege of hosting top members of the Nigeria Football Federation and other top dignities in the state as the final of the "Anambra Super 8" championship ended in grand style at Neros stadium Nanka.

  1 year ago ago
Powerful NFF Delegate Led By Alahji Ahmed Fresh Graced Anambra Super 8 Final

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Why Enyeama is Nigeria’s all-time best goalkeeper- Onigbinde

While the controversy rages on which individual the cap fits as Nigeria’s all-time best goalkeeper, a former Super Eagles Coach, Adegboye Onigbinde has given reasons why he believes ex-captain Vincent Enyeama is the first among the best. Nigeria over the years have produced great goalkeepers like Emmanuel Okala, Best Ogendengbe, Peter Rufai and many more but from this long industrious list, Onigbinde is convinced Enyeama has the edge “As a coach that has worked with different generations of Super Eagles

  2 years ago ago
Why Enyeama is Nigeria’s all-time best goalkeeper- Onigbinde