16 Famous Nigerian Footballers You Need to Know


Many Nigerians, especially the up coming ones who have interest in football, would love to know who and who are Nigerian Footballers. And for the ones they already know, they’ll love to get more information about them. This article provides such rare opportunities for you to know a  lot more about Nigerian players. We’ll walk our way through, from the most popular ones down to the lesser known ones. Enjoy…

1. Mikel Obi


His full name is John Michael Nchekwube Obinna. He was born on 22nd April, 1987. He is popularly known as John Mikel Obi. He is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the English club Chelsea and the Nigeria National Football Team. He is considered Nigeria’s most popular and richest footballer at the moment. Mikel is yet to be married but we hope to see that happen soon.

2. Stephen Keshi


Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is a Nigerian former football defender and current football manager/coach who managed the Nigeria national team from 2011 until 2014. He was born on 23rd January, 1962. He is one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach. He is married with grown up children.

3. Vincent Enyeama


Vincent Enyeama is a Nigerian professional national and international footballer who plays for French club Lille OSC and the Nigerian national team, as a goalkeeper. Since making his debut in 2002 for Nigeria, he has since become the captain and is the second most capped player for the country. The 33-year-old from Akwa Ibom state is married with three lovely kids.

4. Joseph Yobo


Joseph Phillip Yobo is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in June 2014, and he is Nigeria’s record appearance holder. Joseph Yobo has also been Nigeria’s most reliable center back since 2002. Joseph Yobo is a gifted marker and sweeper. He has played for clubs in the English premiership as well as in Turkey. He is 35 years old, (born 6 September 1980), and is married to Adaeze Yobo with a son.

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