Finidi George has named his all-time Super Eagles XI, though some notable names are missing.
The wing wizard who won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam made an incredible impact on the pitch which earned global recognition in the 90s.
George represented the Super Eagles twice at the FIFA World Cup – 1994 and 1998 and could have made 2002 shortlist but didn’t make the cut.
The 49-year-old also won the Africa Cup of Nations title with Nigeria in Tunisia 1994, the same year they made their debut appearances at the global football level.
Despite playing alongside Kanu Nwankwo at Ajax, Finidi felt the forward isn’t good enough to make his all-time Eagles XI. Finidi also snubbed Obi Mikel from his list, while goalkeeping icon Peter Rufai was replaced by Vincent Enyeama in goal.
Goalkeeper – Vincent Enyeama (101 caps)
The 37-year-old won the AFCON championship for the country in 2013 after several trials and retired from the national team in 2015 having made 101 appearances for the team.
Joseph Yobo – Right-back (101 caps)
The former Everton skipper retired in 2014 after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil where Nigeria crashed out in the second round unde ther late Stephen Keshi.
He scored seven goals during his 13-year reign with the Eagles and also won the AFCON title seven years ago in South Africa.
Uche Okechukwu – Centre-back (47 caps)
The former Fenerbahce defender was rock solid for the Super Eagles while representing the national team for eight years.
His set remains the most celebrated squad following the feat they achieved in 1994 – winning the Nations’ Cup and also reaching the World Cup for the first time.
Stephen Keshi – Centre-back (64 caps)
The big boss won the Africa’s topmost football title as a player in 1994, and then as a manager in 2013.
He scored nine goals during his 14 years reign with the three-time African kings and was also part of the team that made their debut appearance at the World Cup in 94.
Ben Iroha – left-back (50 caps)
Iroha was known for his great tackles regardless of the quality of the opposition he faced back then and also scored one goal in the process. He belongs to the golden Super Eagles generation.
Sunday Oliseh – Defensive midfielder (54 caps)
The long-range pass master spent most of his professional career abroad having started out at NPFL side Julius Berger.
His screamer against Spain at the 1998 World Cup cannot be forgotten in a hurry as his effort helped Nigeria beat the European country.
Finidi George – Right-wing (62 caps)
The 49-year-old remains the best number seven Nigeria has ever produced. He bagged Nigeria’s first-ever assist at the world stage after creating the chance that led to Yekini’s goal against Bulgaria.
Emmanuel Amunike – left-winger (27 caps)
The former Barcelona star made just 27 appearances for the national team but scored seven goals in his eight-year reign with the team.
He made a name for himself after coming on int he final of the 1994 Nations’ Cup against Zambia and scored two crucial goals that handed the team their second AFCON title.
The former Tanzania head coach also played a key role in Nigeria’s triumph in the men’s football event at the 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.
Austin Okocha – Attacking-midfielder (73 caps)
Nigeria have not found a replacement for their former number 10 whose control on the ball was mind-blowing.
The former Enugu Rangers starlet spent 13 years with the national team and scored 14 goals in the process. He won the 1994 AFCON title and two years later won Olympic hold in the US.
Okocha made an impact int he Premier League having spent time in France and Germany.
Daniel Amokachi – Forward (44 caps)
‘The Bull’, he scored 13 goals in 44 appearances across competitions for the country. He was part of the golden generation who made history with the country.
Rashidi Yekini – striker (58 caps)
Yekini remains Nigeria’s all-time highest goals scorer with 37 goals in 58 appearances across competitions.
He scored the country’s first-ever goal at the World Cup, though, assisted by Finidi and their combination wrecked defences during their prime.