Saturday, 28 November 2015

Nigerian League Best 11 Of All Time

Nigerian League Best 11 Of All Time

Nigerian Football League started far back in the 1970s with Mighty Jets winning the first edition of the round-robin league competition.

Many great Players has played in the league, we 've had the good, the bad and the ugly. We 've also had the best and the best of the best.

This is a compilation of the all time best 11 players in the league who have being the best in their position.

* We will be making use of the 4:4:2 formation.
* The player must played atleast 5 years in the Nigerian league
* The player must have atleast one super eagles cap.


Name:Vincent Enyeama

Clubs: Enyimba, Heartland.

D.O.B: 29/6/1982

It was a very difficult decision in choosing Vincent as all time Nigerian league best goal keeper ahead of Emmanuel Okala, Best Ogedengbe, Peter Rufai and Ike Shorunmu but his performance at the continental level speaks a lot for him. Enyeama has won 2 CAF champions league, 3 Nigerian premier league and the federations cup. On international scene, Enyeama has won the AFCON, 2013 precisely and also has several AFCON bronze medal to his name. On Individual awards, Enyeama won the CAF champions league best player 2004.


Club play for: Enugu Rangers fc

D.O.B: 04/01/1952

Christian Chukwu is one of Nigerian greatest defender of all time. He led Rangers to several glories. He was the Captain of best Enugu Rangers team of all time. He led Nigerian green eagles (now super eagles) to their first AFCON title in 1980 under coach Otto Gloria. He won several Nigerian league and challenge cup (now federation cup). He also coach Enugu Rangers after his retirement as well as Nigerian and Kenyan national team.


Club played for: Shooting Stars

D.O.B: c. 1945

This list will have been incompletw without Ojebode. A legend in all aspect, Samuel Ojebode was born in 1945 in the ancient city of Ibadan. He is one of successful club captain in Nigeria. He is the first Nigerian to lift a CAF competition trophy when he led shooting stars to 1976 african cup winner's cup. He won everything on the club level. He is arguably Nigerian all time best defender, only Chukwu can be mentioned on the same line with him. A very strong and consistent defender, he led green eagles to several AFCON and world cup qualifiers. Christian Chukwu took over from him as Green Eagle's captain. Sam Ojebode died on July 4, 2012.


Club played for: Bendel Insurance.

D.O.B: 31/12/1951

Kadiri Ikhana was born on the last day of 1951. Kadiri Ikhana came to limelight during his days with Bendel Insurance. He was part of the Bendel Insurance dark horse who defeated Rangers at challenge cup semi final in the 70s. Ikhana along with the likes of Leotis Boateng, Peter Egbarevba, Henry Ogboe, Felix Agbonifo, etc lifted Bendel Insurance team during the era of coach Alabi Aisien. Kadiri, after being a successful player was also a successful coach who has won every thing in his coaching career in Nigeria. He is the only man to have won the Nigerian league and Challenge cup (now federations cup) as player and as coach.


Club played for: Enugu Rangers

D.O.B: 24/8/1956

Okey Isima was born in the Northern part of Nigeria, Kano precisely in the year 1956. He played a reasonable part of his career with Enugu Rangers and was part of the team's golden generation. He was part of the Green Eagles team the won AFCON 1980 at the National stadium in Lagos. He was a regular starter in the competition and was also a key player for Rangers. He also played in the 1980 summer Olympics. Okey Isima died on February 18, 2013.



Clubs played for: Enugu Rangers, Sharks.

D.O.B: 23/09/1956

Adokiye Amiesimaka started his footballing adventure during his secondary school days at CMS grammar school Lagos where he captained the team to Lagos principal cup glory. He was signed by Rangers after graduating from secondary school. Amiesimaka went on to study law at the University of Lagos and at the same time playing for Enugu Rangers. He was a member of the victorious green eagles team in 1980 AFCON hosted by Nigeria. He also played at 1980 summer olympics. After retiring from football, he served as attorney-general and commisioner of justice of river state and also served as chairman of Sharks football club of Portharcourt. He has a stadium named after him at his home town in Ikwere, Rivers state.


Clubs played for: Shooting Stars, Stationery Stores, Abiola Babes.

D.O.B: 8/6/1954

Mudashir Babatunde Lawal is till date known to be Nigerian greatest midfield maestro. He worked as a mechanic before his football talents were discovered, and made his national team debut in 1975. The same year, he joined Shooting Stars F.C.of Ibadan, where he would play for many years. In 1976, he helped the club to their first continental title, winning the African Cup Winners Cup- the first Nigerian team to do so. Muda won 86 caps and scored 12 goals for his country and holds the record of being the only player on the continent to have appeared at five consecutive Nations' Cup finals (1976-1984). Lawal guided Nigeria to its first African Nations Cup title, at the 1980 African Nations Cup. The team also competed at the Summer Olympics the same year.
Lawal died in his home in 1991. The Ashero Stadium in his hometown Abeokuta was named after him upon his death.


Clubs played for: Mighty Jets, Enugu Rangers, Ranchers Bees.

D.O.B: 23/4/1953

Nicknamed "Blockbuster" for his ferocious shots. Aloysius Atuegbu was a stalwart on the Green Eagles midfield from 1975 until 1981, winning 60 caps. He was a member of the Green Eagles AFCON 1980 winning squad and also a member of Enugu Rangers golden generation. After retirement he got into coaching, including a stint with the Nigeria under-17 national football team. At his death he was coaching Keffi United FC.


Club played for: Shooting Stars

D.O.B: 27/8/1952

A name you must have being waiting to read on this list. Segun Odegbami needs no formal introduction to Nigerian football lovers. He's nicknamed "Mathematical" for his precise style of play. He was famous for running down the touchline with the ball to prevent opponents from getting it. Odegbami is regarded as one of the greatest Nigerian players of all-time.
Odegbami was brought up in the northern city of Jos, Plateau State. He won 46 caps and scored 23 goals for the National Team and guided Nigeria to its first Africa Cup of Nations title at the 1980 tournament in his homeland. He was famous for his skill on the ball, speed and precision of his crosses from the right wing. He played for IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan his entire career, from 1970 to 1984. His last game was the 1984 African Champions Cup final defeat to Zamalek of Egypt. The original source of the nickname "Mathematical" was because Segun Odegbami attended and was graduated from Nigeria's premier technical institution, The Polytechnic, Ibadan. He studied Engineering.
His younger brother, Wole Odegbami, is also a former national team player. He is currently a columnist in Nigeria. In 2007 Chief Segun Odegbami appeared on Nigerian Who Wants To Be A Millionaire hosted by Frank Edoho. He played a game for charity with the much loved Zebrudaya and donated all his winnings to The Little Saints’ Orphanage on the Strong Tower Mission.



Clubs played for: Enyimba, Sharks, Dolphins, Crown.

D.O.B: 09/06/1981

Victor Ezeji is Nigerian league longest serving player and one of the most successful Nigerian league player of all time. He played in the Nigerian league for 19 year and scoring in all but one season which happens to be last season and which was due to old age and lack of playing time. He won everything in the Nigerian league including 2 CAF champions league. Ezeji, a centre forward with high goal scoring record is arguably the most successful player ever in the Nigerian league.


clubs played for: Shooting Stars, Abiola Babes, Gateway.

How can this list be complete without including Nigerian greatest striker of all time. Rashidi Yekini was born in the northern city of Kaduna. He started his footballing career at Shooting Stars and also played for Abiola Babes. Rashidi made his mark during his day with "Sooting" as shooting stars is fondly called by it local supporters in it base, the ancient city of Ibadan. After his sojourn in europe, Rashidi Yekini came back to the Nigerian league to play for Julius Berger and later Gateway fc, a very rare act from Nigerian players who had played abroad. He remains till today Nigeria's all time greatest and highest scoring striker.

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