Over the ears, the Super Eagles have been blessed with amazing players. You can count all the way from the days of Rashidi Yekini to Mike Obi. There is no doubt that Super Eagles have some of the finest footballers to have graced the African Continent. Nonetheless, there are those that have etched their names on everyone’s hearts. You can’t just but love them. The reason for their love among the Nigerian populace cannot be analysed like mathematics. One thing that’s sure is that they all played their life while on the pitch. They gave everything they could. They sacrificed time, sweat, and everything they could for the Eagles.
- Rashidi Yekini
Gone, but not forgotten. Rashidi Yekini is one of the rare footballers who have graced the African continent, not just Nigeria. How many strikers can boast of having scored 37 goals for their country? How many could boast of being the highest goalscorers ever for their country? A handful. Yekini epitomised the emotions every Nigerian watching the TV was going through. He is one of those players who played the game when it had not attracted this sort of media hype and advertisers’ money. brutal in front of goal, and passionate about his country, Yekini would undoubtedly be the No1 striker every Nigerian would put in their Dream 11 Super Eagles Team.
- Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha
Probably the best player to have donned the No 10, Jay Jay was every child’s idol, and still is. He is an uncle to Alex Iwobi. He is the first midfielder every Nigerian wants to don the Super Eagles midfield. He was the first name you wanted to see o the screen during his days. Okocha gave Nigerian a true sense of belonging as his skills matched and even sometimes bettered that of Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho. While Jay Jay never scored as many goals as Yekini, he is arguably the most skillful player that has ever worn the Eagles shirt.
- Nwankwo Kanu
Kanu is best remembered for many things. Off the pitch, it’s his humility. On the pitch, it’s the way and manner he plays the game. Arsenal fans will remember how he helped defeat Chelsea in the dying minutes. Many Nigerians will remember Kanu for scoring two goals against Brazil in the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta. Kanu was a versatile player who had great scoring instincts as well as being a fantastic passer of the ball when in the middle. Named the African footballer for two consecutive years, he is one of the most decorated players in the Africa.