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Ranking Ahmed Musa & Nigeria's most capped players

00:14 SAST 2022/10/14
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  • Elderson Echiejile

    =10. Elderson Echiejile

    The first of several members of the victorious Nations Cup-winning side to feature in this list, Elderson had his critics, but the left-back did make some fine contributions to the Super Eagles' cause.

    His finest hour was perhaps the 2013 semi-final against Mali, when he starred in a 4-1 victory to send the West African giants through to the final.

  • Finidi George

    =10. Finidi George

    A Champions League winner with Ajax, Finidi also enjoyed some memorable moments with the Super Eagles during an eleven-year international career.

    He was one of the finest widemen in Europe during his prime in the mid-90s, clinching the Nations Cup in 1994.

  • Osaze Odemwingie - Nigeria

    9. Peter Odemwingie

    Despite a 12-year international career between 2002 and 2014, Odemwingie missed out on what would have been his crowning glory—the 2013 Nations Cup.

    The striker nonetheless represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup, netting the winner in the decisive victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina as the Eagles progressed to the knockouts.

  • Nigeria 94 - Peter Rufai

    8. Peter Rufai

    Long-term Eagles stopper who served Nigeria between 1983 and 1998, making 66 appearances for the national side.

    He was twice part of Nigeria’s World Cup squads, and captained the Eagles at their first tournament appearance in 1994.

  • Jay-Jay Okocha of Nigeria

    7. Jay-Jay Okocha

    Mesmerising playmaker who featured for the Eagles between 1993 and 2006.

    He featured for Nigeria 73 times, registering 14 goals, and followed up Afcon success in 1994 with an Olympic gold in ’96.

  • Kanu Nwankwo

    5. Nwankwo Kanu

    Legendary ex-Arsenal striker, who was an Invincible with the Gunners, and one of the greatest players Nigeria have ever produced.

    The unorthodox attacker won 87 caps between 1994 and 2011, although a goal return of 12 left him well short of Rashidi Yekini’s all-time goal haul.

    6. Muda Lawal

    Gave a decade of service to the national side, five years each side of the country’s first Afcon success in 1980. He represented Shooting Stars, Stationary Stores and Abiola Babes in his homeland.

  • John Obi Mikel Nigeria 2018

    4. John Obi Mikel

    The ex-Chelsea midfielder amassed 91 caps between 2006 and 2019, enjoying success with the Super Eagles as well as during his club career.

    Mikel was an African champion under Stephen Keshi in 2013, six months after winning the Champions League with the Blues.

  • Joseph Yobo

    =2. Joseph Yobo

    One of three players to currently hold the Nigeria appearance record of 101 outings, the defender also enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Everton. He was an Afcon winner in 2013.

  • Vincent Enyeama and Lionel Messi, Nigeria vs Argentina, 2010 World Cup

    =2. Vincent Enyeama

    The legendary Super Eagles stopper amassed 101 appearances for Nigeria between 2002 and 2015, winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.

  • Ahmed Musa

    1. Ahmed Musa

    The birthday boy made his Eagles debut in 2010, and was also part of the 2013 Nations Cup-winning side.

    He currently has 107 caps - setting a new record for Nigeria - having made his last appearance against Sao Tome e Principe in June.