Soccer Famous Soccer Players from Nigeria

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List of the best soccer players from Nigeria. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Nigeria, along with photos when available. This list of best Nigerian soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Nigerian soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

This list features players like Theophilus A. Adisi and Anthony Nwakaeme.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Nigerian footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Nigerian soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Nigerian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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Abass Lawal Abass Muyiwa Lawal is a Nigerian footballer who plays mainly as a right winger. He currently plays for Nigerian side Sunshine Stars F.C. He played nearly one full decade in Spain, amassing ...more

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Abiodun Agunbiade Midfielder Abiodun Agunbiade is a Nigerian former football player. He was a pacey midfielder that usually played on the right wing. Between summer of 2006 and February 2007, Abiodun and team-mate Wayne ...more

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Abiodun Baruwa Goalkeeper Abiodun Baruwa is a former Nigerian footballer in goalkeeper role.

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Abiodun Obafemi Defender Abiodun Obafemi is a Nigerian footballer. He is a defender who played most of his career in Germany, and was part of Nigeria's Gold Medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics.

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Abubakar Bello-Osagie Forward Abubakar Bello-Osagie, commonly known as Abubakar or Abu, is a Nigerian football striker who currently plays for Sliema Wanderers in the Maltese Premier League.

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Ademola Bankole Goalkeeper Ademola "George" Bankole is a Nigerian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper in the Football League. As a journeyman having played for 15 different clubs during his career, his ...more

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Adeshina Lawal Adeshina Abayomi Lawal is a Nigerian soccer player, who currently plays for B36 Tórshavn.

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Adewale Wahab Midfielder Adewale Dauda Wahab is a Nigerian footballer. Until end of the season 2010/11 he played for AC Bellinzona.

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Ade Akinbiyi Forward Adeola Oluwatoyin "Ade" Akinbiyi is a footballer who is currently a player-coach at Colwyn Bay. Akinbiyi has had a much-travelled career with many different clubs with transfer fees ...more

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Ade Coker Forward Ade Coker is a retired Nigerian-American football player who played as a striker. Coker began with English club West Ham United then moved to the North American Soccer League and the Major ...more

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Adigun Salami Midfielder Adigun Taofeek Salami is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Danish Superliga club SønderjyskE.

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Ayila Yussuf Midfielder Ayila Yussuf is a professional Nigerian football player. His main asset is his versatility, as he can play as a central defender or defensive midfielder. He played for Ukrainian Premier League ...more

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Oluwafemi Ajilore Ebenezer Oluwafemi Ajilore also known as Femi is a Nigerian professional football midfielder, currently playing for Danish side FC Midtjylland. He also holds a Ghanaian passport.

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Lawrence Akandu Defender, Forward Lawrence Chimezie Akandu is a Nigerian-born football player who currently playing for Hoi Fan, the Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol.

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Alloysius Agu Goalkeeper Alloysius Uzoma Agu is a former football goalkeeper from Nigeria. Their number one choice in the early nineties, he played 28 international matches for the Nigerian national team. He was brought ...more

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Andrea Cossu Midfielder Andrea Bright Cossu is an Nigerian footballer, who currently plays for Ancona in the Italian Serie D/F as a midfielder. He also holds Italian citizenship.

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Andy Atuegbu Midfielder Andy Atuegbu is a retired Nigerian soccer midfielder. Atuegbu was a star midfielder for the University of San Francisco from 1974 to 1977. The Dons won the NCAA championship two of Atuegbu's ...more

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Augustine Eguavoen Defender Augustine Owen Eguavoen is a former professional footballer and was most recently manager of Nigeria national under-23 football team and the former manager of the Nigerian national football

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Austin Brown Goalkeeper Nathaniel "Austin" Brown, is an American singer-songwriter. He is a member of the Jackson family and only son to singer Rebbie Jackson and her late husband Nathaniel Brown.

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Austin Ejide Goalkeeper Augustine "Austin" Amamchukwu Ejide is a Nigerian football goalkeeper. His name, Amamchukwu, means "Do I know God´s wish?". Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Ejide has ...more

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Azubuike Oliseh Defender, Midfielder Azubuike Oliseh is a former Nigerian football midfielder. He last played for Ermis Aradippou in the Cypriot First Division. He is the younger brother of retired Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh and ...more

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Babajide Collins Babatunde Forward Babajide "Baba" Collins Babatunde is a Nigerian footballer striker whose last known club was Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Ordabasy.

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Bala Garba Forward Bala Ahmed Garba is a Nigerian footballer and coach. He played for FK Haugesund from 1997 to 2002, scoring 61 goals, which is a club record. In the 2005 season he played for Start, winning ...more

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Colly Ezeh Defender, Forward Colly Barnes Ezeh, commonly known as Colly, also known as Steve is a Nigerian-born Hong Kong football player.

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Bartholomew Ogbeche Forward Bartholomew Ogbeche is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Dutch club SC Cambuur as a forward.

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Benedict Akwuegbu Forward Benedict Akwuegbu is a retired Nigerian football striker. He played for Nigerian national football team and was a 2002 FIFA World Cup participant.

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Benedict Iroha Defender, Midfielder Benedict Iroha is a former Nigerian association football defender.

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Blessing Kaku Midfielder Blessing Kaku is a former Nigerian international football player, who was a member of the national squad at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He played for Enosis Neon Paralimni. He has also ...more

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Bobsam Elejiko Defender Bobsam 'Bob' Elejiko was a Nigerian footballer. He played as a central defender for several domestic teams between 2000 and 2011 before his death on the field during a football match.

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Bo Oshoniyi Goalkeeper Adegboyega "Bo" Oshoniyi is a retired American soccer goalkeeper who spent eight seasons in Major League Soccer. He is now the head men's soccer coach at East Tennessee State

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Celestine Babayaro Defender, Midfielder Celestine Hycieth Babayaro is a former Nigerian footballer. He was named after Pope Celestine V.

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Chidi Nwanu Chidi Nwanu is a former football defender from Nigeria. He won 20 caps for his country, and was part of the squads for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1988 Summer Olympics. In 1988, while ...more

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Chidi Odiah Defender Chidi Odiah is a retired Nigerian professional football player. Odiah has previously played for Sheriff Tiraspol in the Moldovan National Division, Eagle Cement and Julius Berger F.C. Chidi ...more

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Chima Okorie Forward Chima Ephraim Okorie is a Nigerian former professional football striker who was renowned for his goalscoring prowess in the Indian leagues. Okorie moved to India as a student, his big break came ...more

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Chinedu Obasi Winger, Forward Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for FC Schalke 04.

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Chioma Ajunwa Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, MON – also known as Chioma Ajunwa – is a Nigerian former athlete who specialised in the long jump. After various setbacks in her career she achieved fame when she became the ...more

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Christian Chukwu Christian Chukwu Okoro is a Nigerian football former player and former national team coach. A defender in his playing days, he captained the Nigeria national team to its first win in the African ...more

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Christian Obodo Midfielder Christian Obodo is a football defensive midfielder from Nigeria, who currently plays for Skoda Xanthi F.C.. He was briefly kidnapped upon a visit to his native Nigeria in June 2012.

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Christopher Kanu Defender Christopher Kanu is a Nigerian football defender.

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Chucks Nwoko Midfielder Afraik Kaejtan "Chucks" Nwoko is a Maltese former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder. Nwoko is currently the under-19 coach for Maltese ...more

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Chukwuma Akabueze Forward, Midfielder Chukwuma Akabueze, nicknamed "Bentley", is a Nigerian professional footballer who currently plays for Odds BK in the Norwegian Premier League.

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Connally Edozien Connally Edozien is a Nigerian soccer player who currently without a club.

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Daniel Amokachi Forward Daniel Owefin Amokachi is a Nigerian former professional footballer of Idoma descent and assistant manager of the Nigeria national football team. As a player he was a striker from 1989 until ...more

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Daniel Ola Defender Daniel Ola is a Ghanaian-Nigerian football defender, who currently plays in Italy for the Serie D side Fidelis Andria.

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Daniel Olerum Forward Daniel "Erfan" Okechukwu Olerum is a Nigerian-born Iranian football striker.

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Danny Shittu Defender Daniel Olusola "Danny" Shittu is a Nigerian footballer who is currently playing for Millwall for the second time in his career.

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Dele Adebola Forward, Midfielder Bamberdele Olusegun "Dele" Adebola is a Nigerian semi-professional footballer who plays for English club Rushall Olympic as a striker. Including loans, he has played for 16 clubs in ...more

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Dele Adeleye Defender Ayodele "Dele" Adeleye is a Nigerian football defender who plays for FC Aktobe in the Kazakhstan Premier League.

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Dele Aiyenugba Goalkeeper Bamidele Mathew Aiyenugba is a Nigerian football player currently with Bnei Yehuda of Israel. He was brought in as a replacement for compatriot, Vincent Enyeama, who was sold to Hapoel Tel Aviv. ...more

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Derek Van Rheenen Defender Derek Van Rheenen is a retired U.S. soccer defender who played his entire career with three San Francisco based clubs.