List of Nigeria Super Eagles Coaches and Technical Advisers from Beginning till Date

The Nigeria Super Eagles have had many coaches and technical teams since its inception in 1930. They have made a remarkable impact in the world of football both locally and internationally. The team has raised many world-class footballers and coaches who are representing the Nation positively in different clubs worldwide. Also known as the Nigerian National team, the activities of the Nigeria Super Eagles are regulated by the Nigerian Football Federation. Although the team was formed in 1930, they started competing officially in 1949 and have been active for 73 years and counting.

Brief History of Super Eagles of Nigeria

Over the years, the Nigeria Super Eagles have undergone much evolution throughout their history regarding logos, colors, strip designs, and coaches. Before independence, they were called the Red Devil’s for their red-topped kits, symbolizing English oppression. The team started playing in the 1930s but was restricted to playing only unofficial games until 1949 when they played their first official game. After Nigeria’s independence in 1960, their name was changed to the Green Eagles following the Nigerian State flag and the eagle on Nigeria’s coat of arms.

However, after several months’ deliberations, the Nigerian national team was officially renamed from the Green Eagles to the ‘Super Eagles’ at a reception held after performing at the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations. The name change also extended to other arms of the Nigerian teams. The women’s national team became the ‘Super Falcons,’ while the male teams representing Nigeria in age-limited football competitions are called ‘Flying Eagles’ and ‘Golden Eaglets.’

The Super Eagles won their first gold medal in 1976 at the All-African Games and retained the same position in the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations. Since then, the team has experienced different reformations from the officials and structures to coaches and the players. The Nigeria Super Eagles have won several accolades at the Intercontinental, Sub-Continental, and International levels. Some of these awards include African National Team of the Year and World Team of the Year.

They have also won the Summer Olympics Football Championship, FIFA Confederation Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, and African Nations Championship. The Nigerian team has always shown remarkable impacts and is known for producing many great talents. However, it did not come by accident but by the significant role played by the Nigeria Super Eagles coaches.

List of Nigeria Super Eagles Coaches From Past to Present

The Nigeria Super Eagles coaches have played a significant role in building the team and winning several trophies since their emergence. Below are the Nigeria Super Eagles coaches from 1949 to date:

1. Jack Finch 

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure: 1949 (One year)
Nationality: English
Others: Former English Professional Footballer

Finch was responsible for the Nigeria national team’s tour of England; he oversaw several intriguing friendly matches against opponents from several countries. Although he left Nigeria for Valour of Iceland in 1950, he laid the foundation for the Super Eagles team. Finch was not just a team manager, but he also found success as a professional footballer with Fulham in 1930.

At the time, Teslim Balogun, Titus Okere, Dokubo, Ottun, Etim Henshaw (team captain), and Ebenezer were some of the members of his team. In the team’s first game, a 5-2 victory was secured, which was an auspicious beginning. Jack Finch took the team to England without shoes on, which wasn’t a barrier to their victory as they slugged it out with Dulwich Hamlet and Bromley, winning more games. He died in 1993 at the age of 84; his life was devoted to building things that lived on after him.

2. Adewale Adegoke 

Job Title: Manager
Tenure: 1950-1952 (2 years)
Nationality: Nigerian
Others: N/A

Adewale took over from Finch and continued with the same square left by the English coach. The team continued winning amateur matches in Britain. Despite the low to zero funding and barefoot system, the team made a remarkable impact in their amateur friendlies. Not minding the mockery from fans of their well-kitted opponents, Adewale kept their spirits strong.

3. Jerry Beit HaLevi

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure: 1960-1961 (One year)
Nationality: Israeli
Others: Former Israeli Football Player And Manager

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Jerry received an offer to serve as the Nigerian national team head coach in 1960. He led the team to a match against Ghana in Lagos, in which Nigeria lost to Ghana 3–0. This led to many Nigerian sports journalists calling for his dismissal. Despite these challenges, he remained in the position and worked to establish a better Nigerian team. This was not achieved as he was so involved with family-related issues. It was believed that Jerry was no longer cable of performing as the team manager and was removed in the following year.

4. Jozsef Ember

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure: 1965-1968 (3 years)
Nationality: Hungarian
Others: Hungarian Football Coach, Ghanaian Team Manager

Jozsef Ember was the Nigerian team manager who oversaw the technicalities of the Super Eagles for more than three years. He was one of the Nigeria Super Eagles coaches who didn’t record any achievement with the team throughout his tenure. However, he was removed in 1968, after three years.

5. Sabino Barinaga 

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure: 1968-1969 (one year)
Nationality: Spanish
Others: Ex LaLiga Player

When Sabino became the Super Eagles coach, the team had gotten a lot of positive changes and was well kitted. He led the Nigerian team to the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, in which the team scored four goals and got five yellow cards. In his brief stay with the team, there was a tremendous achievement from him as a coach.

When he was coaching the Nigerian National team, it was recorded that he was also the coach for the Morroco men’s National team. The reason for his removal was not stated; however, Peter Eto Amaechina was handed over the position on an interim basis from 1969 to 1970, pending the appointment of a new team manager.

6. Karl-Heinz Marotzke 

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure: 1970-1972; 1973-1974 (4 years)
Nationality: West German
Others: Former Coach (SF Hamborn 07, VfL Osnabruck, Schalike 04, Ghana, Botswana)

There is no record of the basic achievement of Karl-Heinz. Still, it is believed that he helped the National team in preparation for the All African Games hosted in Lagos from January 7 to January 18, 1973. To date, the reason for his dismissal at the verge of the Nations Cup remains unknown. Karl-Heinz Marotzke was returned to his previous position in 1973, and this time, he led the National team to the All African Game in Lagos.

He is one of the Nigeria Super Eagles coaches that led the team to win a gold medal. This was the second major achievement of the National team after the colonial era. He held the position till 1974. His removal was based on some technical problems, which were decided by the National team regulatory body.

7. Tiko Jelisavcic

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure: 1974-1978 (4 years)
Nationality: Yugoslavianian
Others: Ex Yugoslavianian Coach

Known as ‘Father Tiko’ during his coaching period in Nigeria, Tiko Jelisavcic was one of the Nigeria Super Eagle coaches who made great achievements as the coach and team manager. The third-place position achieved by the team during the 1976 and 1978 African Cup of Nations resulted from his devotion to the development and growth of the National team. After he left the Super Eagles of Nigeria, he was appointed the coach and technical director of Pioneros de Cancun.

8. Otto Gloria 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure: 1978-1981 (4 years)
Nationality: Brazilian
Others: Ex Coach (Benfica, Porto, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille, Athletico Madrid, Vasco Da Gama, Gremio, and Santos)

Otto Gloria was the coach that led the Super Eagles to win the first African Cup of Nations in 1980.—having a strong reputation before coming to Nigeria. He displayed a major professional football standard that made people say he brought the Brazilian football style to Nigeria, hitting a history that will never be forgotten. Otto’s contract was terminated because of the incompetency experienced in the team’s administrative structure, which resulted in the loss of the 1982 World cup ticket.

9. Festus Onigbinde

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure:
1981-1984; 2002 (4 years)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
One of the Indigenous Nigeria Super Eagles Coaches

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After a series of defeats experienced by the team in 1982 coupled with disagreements that led to some of the key players abandoning the team and vowing never to return, Festus was immediately employed as a coach for the Nigerian team. He became the man for the job with a monthly salary of N10,000. He started restructuring the abandoned team from looking for balls to searching for players.

During the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, his team came out of the group stage after winning Ghana. The team reached the finals with Cameron but lost as 2 of their goals were canceled. On his removal as the Super Eagles Team Manager, he moved over to Ilorin to coach the Shooting Stars of Ilorin in 1984. He was reappointed as the Super Eagles coach around march 2002. He trained a new team for Nigeria, resulting from the disaster that was done during the loss the Nigerian team had in the Nations Cup hosted in Mali.

This made Nigeria lose all its major players. He was warned against accepting former players back to his new team. The absence of experienced players resulted in the Nigerian team’s loss against Argentina and Sweden. He was one of the Nigeria Super Eagle coaches who was relieved of his position due to the huge loss in the World Cup.

10. Manfred Honer 

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure:
1987-1988 (One year)
Nationality:
German
Others:
Former Manager of SV Eintracht Trier

Manfred also placed his prints on the Nigerian National football history as the team manager. He succeeded in taking the team to the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations, where they got to the finals to meet Cameroon, and once again, losing to the Cameronian National team. He also took the Nigerian team to the 16 teams football tournament known as the Summer Olympics in 1988. The outcome of the Summer Olympics led to his dismissal as the coach.

11. Paul Hamilton 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
1989 (One year)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
Former Footballer With Lagos NEPA Team

Paul Ebiye Hamilton found a career in the Nigeria Super Eagles Team as a coach in 1989. It was believed that he has the experience and technicality of solving the problems faced by the National team. This was not seen as Nigeria National team failed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup, which led to his dismissal.

12. Clemens Westerhof 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
1989-1994 (6 years)
Nationality:
Dutch
Others:
Ex Zimbabwean National Team Coach

In 1989, the Nigerian Football Association signed Westerhof to coach the national team. Following the team’s failure to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Westerhof undertook a rebuilding process. His arrival in the Nigerian football scene brought immediate success to his new team, as they reached the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations finals, but they lost to Algeria.

The Nigerian team reached the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations final with a winning streak. However, they lost to Ghana in the semi-final. Nigeria began its campaign to qualify for the US-hosted 1994 World Cup, finishing on equal points with Ivory Coast. Still, they advanced to the FIFA World Cup, thanks to a superior goal difference. During the 1994 World Cup, Nigeria advanced to the second round of the tournament after topping a group that included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece.

The Super Eagles World Cup campaign was considered a success despite their defeat. On their return to Lagos, Coach Clemens Westerhof and the players were hailed as heroes. Westerhof also led the Super Eagles to clinch the 1994 African Cup of Nations. Some of the players in his line-up include Jay-Jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, Nwankwo Kanu, Rashidi Yekini, and Daniel Amokachi. These players entered the world spotlight while playing under Westerhof. His removal wasn’t far from criticisms coming from his players, especially Rashidi Yekini.

See also  Sunday Oliseh Biography and Family Life of the Former Super Eagles Player

13. Shuaibu Amodu 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure(s):
1994-1995; 1996-1997; 2001-2002; 2008-2010; 2014; 2015 (8 years)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
Ex Striker for Dumez and Niger Tornadoes, Manager of BCC Lions, El-Kanemi Warriors, and Shooting Stars

Amodu replaced Dutchman Clemens Westerhof as the Super Eagles coach in 1994. He led the reigning African Champions to fourth place at the 1995 King Fahd Cup (now renamed Fifa Confederations Cup). He left the position in 1995, and reasons for leaving the team are unknown. In 1996, Amodu was recalled to the national team and seconded to the 3SC Shooting Stars in Ibadan to aid the country in winning the Confederations Cup.

Amodu made a highly creditable impact which was notable in the players at the tournament. The team lost to Zamalek of Egypt in a penalty shootout in the final match. He was fired on unknown terms and left for Orlando Pirates of South Africa in 1997. When Nigeria was in dire straits to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, Amodu was called up to lead the rescue mission. He and Stephen Keshi led the country to qualify for the World Cup for 2002 but was relieved of his duties weeks before the competition.

In 2010, Amodu returned as Super Eagles coach and qualified the nation for the World Cup. He was denied the opportunity to lead his country’s national team to the World Cup for a second time; this time, he was dismissed, allegedly, because he was deemed a ‘local coach.’ However, in 2010, he took the Super Eagles to a bronze finish at the Nations Cup in Mali. In 2014, after the sack of Stephen Keshi, Amodu resumed his position as head coach of the Super Eagles.

There was no record of his achievements, and the reason for his dismissal remains unknown. In April 2015, he was appointed the football coach. He served in this position until his death that same year.

14. Jo Bonfrere

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
1995-1996; 1999-2001 (2 years)
Nationality:
Dutch
Others:
Ex Dutch Football Coach

Jo Bonefrere took over from Amodu in 1995. His only notable achievement in the team is a victory in the 1996 Men’s Olympic Tournament, which was hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. He led the team to ink another gold medal that the team prides on to date. In 1999, he returned to take charge of the team for a second time. At the 2000 Nations Cup, Nigeria finished second after losing to Cameroon in a penalty shootout in the finals. He was sacked in 2001 after leading the team to the brink of elimination from World Cup qualification.

15. Philippe Troussier 

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure:
1997 (One year)
Nationality:
French
Others:
Former Defender in French Division 2, And Former Coach To Many National teams.

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In 1997, Philippe Troussier was appointed coach of the Nigerian national team when Nigeria attempted to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Owing to his late entry into the job, he led them to four games throughout the qualifying campaign, in which Nigeria successfully qualified. Nevertheless, the Nigeria Football Federation appointed Bora Milutinović to lead the team into the tournament due to his experience of coaching three different nations in a World Cup, which was considered far more valuable coaching experience than Troussier’s.

16. Bora Milutinovic

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
1997-1998 (One year)
Nationality:
Serbian-Mexican
Others:
Former Mexican National Team Player

Coaching the Nigerian team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, Milutinović led the squad to an unexpected third-place finish, behind Brazil and runner-up France. Nigeria won their group and reached the knockout rounds, defeating Spain 3–2 in a notable upset. Milutinović had taken four teams to the knockout rounds of the World Cup, which is a record to his credit in his coaching career.

17. Thijs Libregts 

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure:
1998-1999 (One year)
Nationality:
Netherland
Others: 
Former Player for Excelsior Rotterdam

Libregts became head coach of the Nigeria national team in August 1998. This resulted from a disappointing performance by Bora Milutinovic, who won just two of his five games in the build-up to the 2000 Nations Cup. Libregts achievement and reason for his dismissal remain unknown to date.

18. Christian Chukwu 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
2003 to 2005 (2 years)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
Former Coach (Lebanon and Kenyan National team)

Christian Chukwu was appointed the Nigerian National team coach a few months after Festus Onigbinde was dismissed. He gave tremendous contributions, which are evident in the 2004 African Cup of Nations, as the team got to the semi-finals of the game. However, he was blamed for not qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. This became a huge dent in the image of the Nigerian team, which made the regulatory authority suspend his appointment on that ground.

19. Augustine Eguavoen 

Job Title: Caretaker Coach
Tenure(s):
2005 to 2007; 2010; 2021 (3 years)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
Former Nigerian Player And Coach (Malta)

In June 2005, Augustine was appointed as the caretaker coach of the Nigerian National team. He gave his best, managing the team and leading them to the 2006 African Cup of Nations hosted in Egypt. The team got to third place as they smashed Senegal and won the bronze medal. This victory was below the expectations of the regulatory bodies, which resulted in his sack from the team.

He was called back as Caretaker Manager in 2010 to replace Lars Lagerback as a pending coach before determining the decision of the former Swedish coach. He decided not to take up the role as the permanent coach. Having spent less than one year, he voluntarily resigned. His resignation was attached to his failure to secure the assured 2012 London Olympic Games ticket.

He served as an assistant coach but was, on December 12, 2021, appointed the manager of the National team, replacing Gernot Rohr. He took the National team to the 2021 African Cup of Nations with the hope of achieving a better result with the team. However, he stepped down as the interim coach on January 2022, after Nigeria lost to Tunisia in a 1-0 defeat after three straight wins against Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau.

20. Berti Vogts 

Job Title: Team Manager
Tenure:
2007-2008 (One year)
Nationality:
German 
Others: 
Former German National Team Footballer

Although Berti Vogts had vowed never to return to football management after resigning from his post with Scotland, he was brought out of retirement by a lucrative deal to coach Nigeria through the World Cup. Vogts’ four-year contract with the Nigerian Football Association was cut short in July 2008 when he tendered his resignation in the wake of Nigeria’s quarter-final defeat at the 2008 African Cup of Nations.

21. Lars Lagerback 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
2010 (5 Months)
Nationality:
Swedish
Others:
Former Technical Director Of The Iceland Football Team

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The Nigerian Football Federation appointed him the Super Eagles coach on February 26, 2010, to lead the team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The deal was a five-month contract that could be renewed if Nigeria qualified for the knockout stage. Nigeria was eliminated from the 2010 World Cup in the first round, losing to Argentina and Greece and drawing with South Korea.

In October 2010, despite Nigeria’s disappointing performance in the 2010 World Cup, the NFF offered manager Lars Lagerbäck a contract extension for another two years. The NFF had hoped to be informed of Lagerback’s decision by mid-July 2010. Still, he declined the offer of the national position due to the interference of the Presidential Task Force in the running of the national team.

22. Stephen Keshi 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
2011 to 2014; 2015 (4 years)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
Former Nigerian Player and Coach (Togo National Team)

He was appointed the National team coach to lead the team to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations, which he achieved. He is one of the Nigeria Super Eagles coaches that had a successful coaching career during this tenure. The team defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals. He also made an impact in the 2013 Confederation Cup by leading the team to defeat Tahiti with six goals to one ((6-1).

Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to third place in the 2014 African Nations Championship and qualified for the 2014 World Cup. During Nigeria’s exit from the 2014 World Cup, Keshi’s contract ended, and it wasn’t renewed. Stephen Keshi was reappointed to coach the National Team for the 2015 African Cup of Nations, which didn’t turn out well. During the tournament, he claimed that he was under a lot of pressure from some group of people which he refused to disclose. This led to the team having difficulties winning a single match, which led to his dismissal.

23. Sunday Oliseh 

Job Title: Chief Coach
Tenure:
2015 to 2016 (One year)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
Started his Coaching career with Belgian 3rd Division Verviers

Sunday Oliseh got appointed to replace Amodu by the NFF. His contributions remained clear in the Super Eagles’ history as they played 14 matches in all and got two losses. He helped the team qualify for the CHAN tournament in Rwanda. He also led the team to the group stage of the 2018 world cup qualifiers. He left the team to become the manager of Fortuna Sittard due to the lack of salary payment and other remunerations.

24. Salisu Yusuf

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
2016 (One year)
Nationality:
Nigerian
Others:
Former Technical Adviser of El-Kanemi Warriors

Nigeria Super Eagles Coaches

Salisu Yusuf was appointed as the Super Eagles coach on October 24, 2016, by the NFF. He is one of the Nigeria Super Eagles coaches whose coaching career was clouded with bribery allegations. A video of him collecting cash gifts was reported by BBC Africa. According to several investigative reports, it was reported that the allegation was true. Still, the BBC further stated that there is no evidence that the cash gift affects his team selection strategies. This resulted in his removal from the position as the coach.

25. Gernot Rohr 

Job Title: Manager
Tenure:
2016 to 2021 (5 years)
Nationality:
German
Others:
Former German National team defender

He was appointed in August 2016 as the manager of the Super Eagles. His first winning game was against Tanzania in a match played in Uyo, and his first loss was in a game against the South African national team, which ended as 2-0. He helped the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 1-0 win against Zambia. In 2019, he took the national team to third place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. His contract was extended by the president of NFF. The reason for his sack is still unknown despite reaching the agreed terms of renewing his contract, which is to help the team qualify for the 2021 African Nations Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

26. Jose Peseiro 

Job Title: Coach
Tenure:
2022 to date
Nationality:
Portuguese
Others:
Former Portuguese Player and Coach of Sporting Lisbon, Braga, Porto, Venezuelan National Team

On January 2, 2022, NFF announced Jose as the new Super Eagles coach. Being a decision in the middle of the 2021 African Nation’s Cup, Augustine Eguavoen was then appointed the team’s Technical Adviser. Jose has been the Venezuelan National Team coach who is said to have not been able to qualify the country for the 2022 World Cup. Like when he coached Saudi Arabia for two years, he also couldn’t qualify the team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. To date, he is still the Super Eagles coach.

Recap of All the Nigeria Super Eagles Coaches
  1. Jack Finch
  2. Adewale Adegoke
  3. Jerry Beit HaLevi
  4. Jozsef Ember
  5. Sabino Barinaga
  6. Karl-Heinz Marotzke
  7. Tiko Jelisavcic
  8. Otto Gloria
  9. Festus Onigbinde
  10. Manfred Honer
  11. Paul Hamilton
  12. Clemens Westerhof
  13. Shuaibu Amodu
  14. Jo Bonfrere
  15. Philippe Troussier
  16. Bora Milutinovic
  17. Thijs Libregts
  18. Christian Chukwu
  19. Augustine Eguavoen
  20. Berti Vogts
  21. Lars Lagerback
  22. Stephen Keshi
  23. Sunday Oliseh
  24. Salisu Yusuf
  25. Gernot Rohr
  26. Jose Peseiro

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