Nigeria are one of the leading lights in African football. They have reached four FIFA World Cup final competitions (1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010) but despite impressing many with their football, they have never progressed beyond the round of 16.
Nigerian football celebrated its greatest success on foreign shores, with the Nigerian Olympic team securing the Gold medal at the Olympic Football Tournament in Atlanta in 1996. They have also participated at 16 African Cups of Nations, claiming the title twice (1980 and 1994).
An impressive list of honours is completed by triumphs at the FIFA U-17 World Youth Championship in 1985 and 1993, but the U-20 team has also given the country great pleasure. Nigeria hosted the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1999, while the country has also been a pioneer for women's football in Africa.
The Nigerian ladies' team won the African Women Championship in 1998, 2000 and 2002, and participated in the FIFA Women's World Cup finals in 1991, 1995 and 1999.
Countless top players have emerged from Nigeria. Rashid Yekini (1993 African Player of the Year), Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu (1996/1999 African Player of the Year) are just three of the players who have taken Nigerian football to the world. All three players have been crucial to their club's fortunes, whether in Portugal, Germany, England, Italy, France or the Netherlands.
- Season 2012/2013
- CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2013
- CAF African U-20 Championship 2013
- Season 2011/2012
- Season 2010/2011
- CAF African U-23 Championship 2011
- FIFA U-20 World Cup 2011
- CAF African U-20 Championship 2011
QF - Summer Olympics (2000)
QF - FIFA U-20 World Cup ('99, '07)
QF - FIFA U-17 World Cup ('89, '95)
FIFA World Cup Appearances
4 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2010)
Best Result: Round of 16 (1994, 1998)
Africa Cup of Nations Appearances
Current : 52 (as of January 2013)
Highest : 5 (April 1994)
Lowest : 82 (November 1999)
Average : 36
Nwankwo Kanu / Mudashiru Lawal (86)
Rashidi Yekini (37)