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Best Nigerian midfielders of all time – Pulse Nigeria

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Best Nigerian midfielders of all time – Pulse Nigeria

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The Super Eagles represents Nigeria in international men’s football and is governed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Nigeria’s governing body for football. They have been a member of CAF since 1959 and 1960, a member of FIFA.
Its capital is Abuja and Lagos is its most populous city. Nigeria has a lot of stars, but now we want to consider the all-time best Nigerian midfielders.
Who are the Best Nigerian Midfielders of All Time? Nigeria has had an abundance of amazing football players over the years.
The Super Eagles have achieved many honors and achievements throughout its glorious history like Afro Asian Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.
Sunday Oliseh
Oliseh played 54 times for Nigeria internationally, scoring two goals. In 1993, his international career began. The young Oliseh helped Nigeria qualify for AFCON and World Cup respectively.
He was a starter for Super Eagles at the 1994 AFCON as the team won the competition. The charismatic man went on to feature at the 1994 World Cup.
The former Juventus star captained the Super Eagles for some years before he retired. The highlight of his career was the thunderous strike he fired home against Spain at the France 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Muda Lawal
He is known as Shooting Stars’ Director, winning the African Cup Winners Cup and also inspiring Nigeria to AFCON 1980 Gold medal.
For his national team, Lawal starred a total of 86 games, scoring 12 goals. He was a full player. He played in midfield, he scored goals in attack, he was able to mark, head and cross.
Jay Jay Okocha
Okocha is now a Brand Ambassador for BetKing. The brother of Emmanuel Okocha, he was renowned for his tinted hair, bending free kicks, long-range shooting, long-passing accuracy, vision, near ball control, and dribbling ability. Jay Jay Okocha was stationed at the hole side of midfield wearing the number 10 jersey and scored 14 goals, including the strong bending free-kick against Cameroon at 2004 AFCON. So good he was named twice.
Etim Esin
He is widely regarded as one of the best players who never fulfilled their true potentials due to off field issues. But the African Maradona was a magician during his days.
Henry Nwosu
Nwosu is a retired footballer from Nigeria who played as a midfielder.
He spent his career at home with New Nigeria Bank (NNB) and African Continental Bank (ACB). He also had stints at ASEC Mimosas and Racing Bafoussam.
A talented midfielder, the entertainer was the youngest member of Nigeria’s victorious 1980 African Nations Cup squad, and scored the only goal for Nigeria at the 1980 Olympics. He also played in the 1982, 1984 and 1988 tournaments, finishing runners up in the latter two, with his last game for Nigeria coming in 1991.
Mutiu Adepoju
A time marked by his imaginative passes from midfield, goal scoring, and dribbles, Adepoju is generally considered one of his generation’s greatest players.
One of the players who, with international achievement, won the AFCON and Afro Asian Cup.
He played for Femo Scorpions, Shooting Stars, Julius Berger, Real Madrid B, Racing Santander, Real Sociedad, Al-Ittihad, Salamanca, Samsunspor, AEL Limassol, Eldense and Cobeña during his career.
Adepoju is currently the La Liga Ambassador to Nigeria.
John Obi Mikel
Mikel played in two FIFA World Cups (2014 and 2018).
His greatest accomplishment came at the AFCON 2013, where he was impressive. He masterminded the win for Nigeria with Cote d’Ivoire one of the casualties.
He scored 6 goals in 91 international matches, including a sweet one against Uruguay at the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup.

Ademetan Abayomi has always dreamt of being a sports journalist. His journey began 11 years ago when he created my first sports news page on Facebook, called “Futball Galore” and from there on his passion for sports journalism grew stronger. Now, he is a Sports News Reporter and Feature Writer where he strives to add value and learn as much as he can.

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