Here is the profile of Nigerian Professional Footballers. It gives you brief information about their first and current clubs.
Rabiu Afolabi is one of the few players who did not play in Nigeria抯 professional League before moving to Europe. He was with NEPA F.C. of Oshogbo when he signed for Standard Liege F.C. of Belgium. Afolabi is a defender and he was skipper of Nigeria抯 U-20 team during the 10th World Youth Championship, Nigeria �. He is 19 years old.
He played for B.C.C Lions of Gboko and Julius Berger F.C. of Lagos respectively before joining Serif Tiraspol of Moldovia. Anyamkegh is a former junior international. He was a member of Nigeria U-17 team to the Ecuador � World Championship.
He is the younger brother of former African Football of the year Emmanuel Amunike. Kingsley is a defender who plays in Belgium for Aalst.
He is a striker with Birmingham City England抯 Nationwide Division One League. Before joining Birmingham, he had played for Crewe Alexandria, Bangor City in Wales and Northern Victoria. His team narrowly missed promotion to the English Premier League. He is 24 years old.
Victor OKECHUKWU AGALI
He moved to France from NITEL F.C. of Lagos. Agali played for Olympique Marseille and later joined F.C. Toulon as a result of his limited appearances in Marseille. The Nigerian who is a striker eventually joined Hansa Rostock in the German Bundesliga as a replacement for another Nigerian Jonathan Akpoborie, who dumped Rostock for Vfb Stuggart.
Not much is know about this player back home in Nigeria. His first team in Europe was St. Pauli in Germany. Today he is still in Germany and plays for Holstein Kiel in the German Third Division.
This striker began his career with Lagos based Stationery Stores, one of Nigeria抯 most popular teams. He represented the country at the 1993 African U-20 Championship in Mauritius. He is currently with Husgvarna in the Sweden抯 second division. He has played for R.C. Lens (France), F.C. Liege (Belgium), Deportes Tolima (Columbia), F.K. Haugesund (Norway) and Skeid (Norway).
Young and strong defender, Echendu was spotted by scouts while playing for Julius Berger F.C. in the Nigeria League. Today, he plays in Germany for Fortuna Dusseldorf.
He is popularly known as the 慔eadmaster� in Nigeria, because he can score very well with his head. Mutiu is currently with Real Sociedad in the Spanish Liga. While he was in Nigeria, Mutiu played for Shooting Stars and Julius Berger. He later moved to Castellon,Real Madrid B and Racing Santander all in Spain.
Agbo is a very creative midfielder and he is with F.C. Adanspor in Turkey. He has played for RAD Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Obilic Belgrade (Yugoslavia) and Montpellier (France).
He is a 23-year-old forward with Brannau in the Austrian second division.
He had played for Sharks F.C. (Nigeria) and Casino Graz in Austria.
He has played for the U-17, U-20 and Senior teams of Nigeria. While in Nigeria, he played as a striker for defunct Highlanders of Jos. Akwuegbu has played for RC Harelbeke, Waregem and Tielen all in Belgium before joining GAK in the Austrian first division. He came to limelight as a player of Nigeria抯 U-17 team at the Scotland � U-17 World Championship.Akwuegbu said his colleague Victor Ikpeba played a role in his transfer to Europe.
He is an intelligent defender with Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga. The 23 year old defender has played for Enugu Rangers (Nigeria), FK Obilic Belgrade (Yugoslavia), Salernitana Sport (Italy) and Augsburg (Germany)
Ade Akinbiyi was born in England. Presently, he is playing for Bristol City. He once played alongside Nigerian International Efan Ekoku in Norwich City. This young Nigerian was formerly with Gilingham before his movement to Bristol City. The young Nigerian has never played in Nigeria.
He has played for two Nigerian clubs, Enyimba F.C. of Aba and Ibadan based Shooting Stars.
Agoye later joined F.C Schaffausen (Switzerland) and also played for Rot-Weiss Oberhausen in Germany. Today he is one of the strikers with Esperance of Tunisia. He played for Nigeria抯 U-20 team during the African Youth Championship hosted by Nigeria in 1995.
慗ohnny� as he is popularly called has played for Nigeria抯 U-17, U-20 and senior team, the Super Eagles. He was with Julius Berger before moving to Brookyln College in the USA on scholarship. After his studies, Johnny moved to Germany and joined Sarbrucken. He has played for the following German teams Carl Zeiss Jen (2), Stuttgart Kickers (3), Waldorf Mannheim (2), Hansa Rostock and Vfb Stuggart (1) Akpoborie recently moved from Stuttgart to Wolfsburg.He was a member of Nigeria抯 victorious U-17 team that won the inaugural edition of the U-17 World Cup which was hosted by China in 1985.
He is one of the best wingers ever produced by Nigeria. As a local player, he played for Nigerlux, Concord and Julius Berger. Amunike left Julius Berger for Zamalek in Egypt after an impressive outing at the Cairo � All African Games. He was with Sporting Lisbon of Portugal before joining F.C. Barcelona in the Spanish Liga.
He is a strong defender. Babalade was one of the most expensive players when he played in Nigeria. He started with Stationery Stores, moved to Iwuanyanwu Nationale before joining Shooting Stars. At the end of his romance with Shooting Stars, he joined African Sports of Abidjan and returned to Shooting Stars on loan. He left Shooting Stars for LG Cheetars in South Korea. Today he is with Sturm Graz of Austria.
He is the current skipper of Nigeria抯 Senior National team, the Super Eagles. 慣he Bull� as fans back home call him started his career with Ranchers Bees of Kaduna in Nigeria. Amokachi later moved to ASEC in Abidjan then F.C. Brugge (Belgium) and Everton (England)
Today he plays for F.C. Besiktas in Turkey.
He is a winger and was on duty for Nigeria during the 10th World Youth Championship Nigeria�. He is currently playing for Barcelona (B) in Spain. Before moving to Barcelona, he was with the junior team of Ajax F.C. Haruna is a younger brother of Tijani Babangida.
He is one of the young players that represented Nigeria during the Ecuador � U-17 World Championship. He played for VIP F.C. of Lagos and Shooting Stars of Ibadan before leaving Nigeria. Bosun has also played for Timisoara in Romania. Today he is with Fidelis Andria in the Italian Serie B.
慜mo Alhaja� as he is popularly called in Nigeria began his career with Stationery Stores F.C. of Lagos. He later moved to Kano Pillars, Iwuanyanwu Nationale and Shooting Stars F.C. He left Shooting Stars F.C. for F.C. Sion in Switzerland and is now in Austria where he plays for Sturm Graz.
Celestine Babayaro is one of the most consistent players in Nigeria抯 National team, the Super Eagles. He played for Plateau Utd. before leaving Nigeria for Anderlecht after the Japan � U-17 World Championship. He is currently with Chelsea F.C. of London.
Ibrahim Babangida is another younger brother of Super Eagles winger Tijani Babangida. He is a fast winger and played for Stationery Stores and katsina Utd. respectively in Nigeria. Today, he is with F.C. Volendam in the Dutch League.
慣J� is another player that moved to Europe without playing in Nigeria抯 first division. He played for Arewa Textiles and Niger Tornadoes before his departure to Holland after the Cairo � All African Games. This Super Eagles star spent two seasons with WV Venlo and three seasons with Roda JC all in the Dutch League. He moved to another Dutch team Ajax during the 96/97 season and he still with the team. He is a regular member of Nigeria抯 Super Eagles.
He is 20 yeasr old and plays in the Polish League for Widzew Lodz.
He is one of the players that won the Japan � U-17 World Championship for Nigeria. Sambo was with an amateur team Greater Tomorrow F.C. of Jos before he left for Hostenbach in the German second division. Today he plays for F.C. Sarbruckern in the German third division.
He is a midfielder who often tries to go deep into the opponents� area in search of goals. Darlington was spotted in the colours of Sharks F.C. of Port Harcourt. He joined LKS Lodz in the Polish League and spent two seasons. Today, he is in Germany.
He was with Eagle Cement F.C. of Port Harcourt before joining Admira Wacker in Austria. Today he plays for Vorwaerts Steyr in the Austrian max-Bundesliga.
He is not well known in Nigeria. This 20 year old forward played for Eleven Stars and Mighty Jets before leaving for Europe. Today, he is with RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch League.
This young player came to limelight when he represented Nigeria at the CAF/UEFA Meridian Cup in 1997. He started his career in Nigeria抯 amateur League with First Bank of Lagos and currently plays for RWD Molenbeek in the Belgium second division. Tosin and two other Europe based players were recently dropped from Nigeria抯 U-23 national team.
He is one of the strongest defenders that ever played for the Nigerian National team. 慍erezo� as he is called played for Insurance of Benin and A.C.B. of Lagos before leaving Nigeria for Belgium. He spent one season with Gents (1) and moved to Courtrai where he spent 3 seasons. Cerezo moved to the US where he spent one season with Sacramento. Presently, he plays for Torpedo Moscow in the Russian League.Austine played for Nigeria during the USA � and France � World Cups.He left the Super Eagles after the last World Cup in France.
Efan Ekoku was born in Manchester, England and he began his career in England after he returned from Nigeria. He attended the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, in Edo state. He started with Sutton Utd. and later joined another non-league side Bourn mouth. Ekoku moved to Norwich City where he was called 慣he Chief�. He was a member of Nigeria抯 victorious team at the Tunisia� African Nations Cup. Efan was also at the USA � World Cup with the Super Eagles. The Nigerian International currently plays for Wimbledon in the English Premier League.
Ebiede, a young midfielder played for Nigeria抯 U-20 team during the 1995 African Youth Championship in Nigeria. Ebiede was with Port Harcourt based Sharks F.C. before moving to Eendracht Aalst in the Belgium first division. He is presently with Heerenveen in the Dutch League.
He is a striker with Royal Antwerp in Belgium. Fatokun played for Federal Housing Authority F.C. of Lagos and Doyin Babes of Ilorin respectively before joining Antwerp in Belgium. He did not play in Nigeria抯 Professional League.
He was with one of Nigeria抯 most popular teams, Julius Berger F.C. of Lagos before he left for France. Today he is in Greece and plays for Kavala F.C.
Young and strong in the defence, Furo was with Sharks F.C. of Port Harcourt when he was spotted by scouts of PSG. He is now with Waregem in the Belgium second division. Furo is a member of Nigeria抯 U-23 team.
He is a striker with Haugesund in the Norwegian first division. Bala played for NUB Kaduna, VIP Lagos, El-Kanemi of Maiduguri and Udoji Utd. all in the local league before he left for Europe.
Finidi George is presently playing for FC Mallorca, a club he joined from Real Betis in the Spanish Liga. He played for Calabar Rover and Sharks in Nigeria and later left for Ajax in Holland. The Nigerian International won the European Champions League with Ajax in 1995.He was at the USA � and France � World Cups.
He was with Insurance F.C. of Benin before he moved to Belinziona in Switzerland. He has also played for NK Koper (Slovenia) Paralimni (Cyprus).Today, he plays for Dynamo Moscow in Russia.
He scored some good goals while playing for Stationery Stores and Shooting Stars in Nigeria. He is presently with Beveren in Belgium, however, Waregem is his first European clubside.
This 21-year-old midfielder did not play for any of the big teams while in Nigeria. Ekong is with Reggiana F.C. in the Italian Serie B. He has played for NK Koper (Slovenia) and Universita Guadalajara (Mexico).
He will always be remembered for his second goal against the defunct West Germany in the finals of the U-17 World Championship in 1985. Victor played for Flash Flamingoes, Insurance and Julius Berger all in Nigeria. He is now with Wien F.C. in the Austrian second division.
He is a fast striker with Amica Wronki in the Polish first division. Kalu was spotted while playing for Udoji Utd. in Nigeria.
Ikpeba began with an amateur team Eko Le Meridian before joining first division A.C.B. The young lad was spotted by scouts of RC Liege when he represented Nigeria at the Scotland � U-17 World Cup. He spent four seasons in R.C. Liege and moved to Monaco in the French championnat during the 93/94 season. He is another member of Nigeria抯 USA � and France � squads. Victor has also played in most of the European club championships with AS Monaco. The Nigerian International recently signed for Borussia Dortmund in the Germany Bundesliga.
He is a forward with Fidelis Andria in the Italian Serie B. Kent had earlier played for Universita Guadalajara in Mexico.
As a junior player, he distinguished himself during the Scotland � U-17 World Championship and was spotted by scouts of Kon Eeklo, a second division clubside in Belgium. He later moved to F.C. Ostende in the first division where he spent five seasons. He is currently with Denderleeuw in the Belgium second division.
He is the younger brother of Super Eagles Star Nwankwo Kanu. Christopher played for Eagle Cement in Nigeria and came to limelight when he played for Nigeria at the CAF/UEFA Meridian Cup. He joined F.C Lugano in Switzerland after the championship. He is currently with Nwankwo抯 former team Ajax.
Goalkeeper. He started his football career with lowly Berec FC in the Lagos State league. He later transferred to Stationery Stores Fc, the darling club of Lagos.
After a short stint at 3SC (Shooting Stars) of Ibadan, he left for Europe. He has kept for FC Zurich of Switzerland and is now with Besiktas, Turkey.
Goalkeeper. He was nurtured into prominence in the Nigerian league by ex-internatonal goalkeeper, Joe Erico. He has played for NEPA FC and Julius Berger FC, both of lagos. He is currently with AS Masry of Tunisia.
Goalkeeper. He is currently the first choice of Julius Berger FC of Lagos, after manning the post for Udoji United FC of Awka. He is the only home-based player in the 22-man squad registered for Nations Cup 2000.
He played for Delta Steel of Aladja before jetting-off to Europe. He has played for Macclesfiled and Luton Town in the English first division.
He was singled out by the Brazilian Pele as a player to rule the world. He was in the Under-17 team to Scotland '89. He has had a thrilling career in Belgium before transferring to Strasbourg in France. He is currently with the elite French club, Paris St. Germain
He played for Rangers FC and Julius Berger FC in Nigeria. He starred for Auxerre in France before transferring to Inter Milan of Italy. He later joined Inters the rival A.C. Milan.He now laces his boots for Derby County in the English premiership, a club he joined on loan from A.C. Milan last season.
He starred for 3SC (Shooting Stars) of Ibadan and in the national youth teams before moving to Barcelona of Spain. He has since been converted to a right-sided defender from his former role as a midfielder. He now plays for Benfica of Portugal.
AUSTIN "Jay-Jay" OKOCHA
He played brilliantly for Rangers Fc of Enugu before moving to Germany and to Eintracht Frankfurt. He has played for Fernabache of Turkey and is currently the toast of Paris St. Germain, France
He had a brief career with Julius Berger Fc of Lagos before moving to Lierse in Belgium. He has played all over Europe, notably for Reggiana in italy, Cologne in Germany, Ajax Amsterdam, Holland, Juventus in Italy and now plays alongside Ikpeba for Borussia Dortmund in the german Bundesliga
A utility player, he was in the gold winning Atlanta Olympics soccer team and the France '98 World Cup where he scored a goal against Spain. He plays for roda JC Kerkrade of Holland.
This former Bendel Insurance of Benin ace was alongside Pius Ikedia the marvel in the attack of the Nigerian Undr-21 team in Nigeria '99. He currently plays for Esperance of Tunisia
He started out in Nigeria with Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC of Owerri. At Ajax Amsterdam in Holland, he won the European Cup and the World Club Cup. The captain of Nigeria's gold-winning Dream Team to Atlanta '96 Olympics, he had a stint with Inter Milan before he was operated on for a hole in his heart. He has since relaunched his career at Arsenal in the English premiership. Kanu is a two-time winner of African Footballer of the Year award.
RAPHEAL CHUKWU NDUKWE
He played for Udoji United FC of Awka before transferring to Mamelodi Sundowns of south Africs. Agifted striker, who palys now for Bari in Italy's Serie A.
Central defender who played for Osasuna in Spain and is currently with fellow nigerian team mate Jonathan Akpoborie in Wolfsburg in the german Bundesliga.