The dream of every striker is to win the Golden Boot because the accolade is the reward for the best striker in a competition. Nigerian players are around the world, and one of the reasons that European clubs continue to invest in them is because they deliver. Two Nigerian footballers won the Golden Boots last season in Europe, but that is not the first time Nigerians are winning the accolade in Europe.
Currently, in world football, Victor Osimhen seems to be the most discussed striker considering his incredible goal-scoring streak whenever he steps his feet onto the pitch whether as a starter or substitute. In their last Europa League match against Legia Warsaw, he came on from the bench to inspire his team to a convincing 3-0 victory over the Polish side with a goal on the night.
October 8 remains a memorable day for the Super Eagles and Nigerian fans. It is a day their dreams came true and a day that it was shattered. After many attempts, the Super Eagles qualified for their first FIFA World Cup on this day in 1993 After years of grooming his players, Clemence Westerhof was ready to unleash his fantastic Super Eagles on the world.
Legendary super eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini holds the record for the most goals scored by a single player while representing the Nigerian senior national football team. He played his club football across six countries around the world, and he spent 15 years with the super eagles of Nigeria.
1. Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt) Aboutrika is an Egyptian former professional footballer, played as an attacking midfielder and a forward, who has never moved to any European club, let alone play in the UEFA Champions League. However, The 42-year-old attacking midfielder spent 9 years of his football career at Al-Alhy of Egypt, he joined Al-Alhy after playing for Tersana for 6 years.
This article is going to focus on Yemisi Yekini who is the daughter of late Nigeria footballer Rashidi Yekini. Late Rashidi Yekini's contribution to Nigeria football was massive. He was a great player when he was alive as he scored Nigeria's first-ever world cup goal. Rashidi Yekini had 3 children whose names include Yemisi, Omoyemi, and Damilola.
Nigeria is blessed with gifted footballers. The country has produced globally recognised players like Rashidi Yekini, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Celestine Babayaro, Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and so on. These players are highly regarded around the football world. Zinedine-Zidane is a French footballer who is regarded as one of the best players of his generation.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria is one of the best national teams in Africa despite their failure to win for AFCON since 2013. Rashidi Yekini was one of the greatest footballers to have represented Nigeria, as he's still the Super Eagles all-time top scorer with 37 goals.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria has always been known to be an attacking team, and in 1994 Nigeria had legendary forwards that could shake the defense of any team in the world, the team had aggressive forwards like Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke, Jonathan Akpoborie, and the iconic Rashidi Yekini who scored Nigeria's first-ever goal at a FIFA World Cup, at that time Nigeria was ranked the 5th best team in the world by FIFA.
Guess what? 23rd October happens to be the birthdays of the two most iconic players in the history of their time. Sharing the same birth month, but different birth years, the late legendary Nigerian striker and the most accurate feet in the history of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Rashidi Yekini, was born on the 23rd of October 1963, just a few weeks after the nation was made a republic, to legitimately share the same birth month and birthday with the former professional Brazilian footballer, Pele who was born on the 23rd of October, 1940.
Every player makes certain decision at any stage, including Ahmed Musa who completed a stunning return home earlier this year. After 11 years in Europe and Saudi Arabia, the 28-year-old signed a shock short-term deal with Kano Pillars in the Nigeria Professional Football League, although he has since taken his career back to Turkey.
3) Jay-Jay Okocha The number 3 player on the list is Jay-Jay Okocha. Okocha is currently retired. He was a joy to watch during his active days. He was a fantastic midfielder who created a lot of amazing performances with both his country and his team.
Photo Credit : Sky Sport Victor Osimhen is one of the young strikers who have been tipped to become a great finisher in the next few years. Osimhen joined Napoli in a £70m deal last summer, and he scored 12 goals in 17 starts for the Azzurri so far, and one can bet on him to score more before the end of the season.
The dream of any football player is to compete at the top level, but it is better to play regularly in a lower-ranked club than warm the bench in a top club. One of the prices to pay for warming the bench in a big club is that one may not get a call-up when it comes to international duties.
1. Victor Ikpeba Victor Ikpeba Nosa is a 48-year-old Nigerian retired footballer who played as a forward for Monaco and the Nigeria national team. Ikpeba made 31 international appearances and scored seven goals for the Nigeria national team. He was part of the Super Eagles team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cups, 1994 African Nations Cup and the 1996 Olympic football gold medal.
The African Footballer of the Year Award, presented to the best African footballer each year, is the most prestigious individual trophy that any African footballer can win. African football Legends such as Rashidi Yekini, Didier Drogba, Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Victor Ikpeba, Kanu Nwankwo, and the likes have all been named best footballers in Africa at one point or the other.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria is blessed with quite a lot of talented players, as some of them are doing extremely well in various top football leagues in Europe. Kelechi Iheanacho is definitely one of those players, as the 24 year-old single-handedly helped Leicester City win the Emirates FA Cup and Community Shield title.
Taiwo Awoniyi is a Nigerian striker who plays for Union Berlin in Germany and he has been superb this season netting four goals. Taiwo Awoniyi: Taiwo Awoniyi left Liverpool due to lack of playing time and he is currently playing for German Bundesliga side Union Berlin. He has been doing great so far this season for Union Berlin after scoring four goals in four matches which is a fantastic process for the Nigerian superstar.
Since the Nigerian Super Eagles played their first official match in 1949, the team had played several other matches.Some finished in draw,some in win and others were losses.Today,we are talking about 4 big wins. 1.Nigeria 7-1 Burkina Faso Nigeria played Burkina Faso in the AFCON Group stage in 1991.
By Femi Fasetire New signing at Olympiakos of Greece, Henry Onyekuru has outlined the priorities and targets he wants to achieve with the Greek Super League outfit, where he believes he can enact a rush of goals in the coming season. Although he struggled for form during his third stint on loan at Galatasaray of Turkey and quickly asked for a full transfer from his parent club, AS Monaco of France, Onyekuru believes he still has lots of goals in his boots.