Who is your Best Super Eagles player of all time?
1. Amokachi worked tirelessly for the Eagles and Yekini until Nigeria got to the WC. After Yekini got the Nike $1 million dollar endorsement for the WC in 1994 (Nike picked one player from each team) Amokachi and Amuneke stopped playing for Yekini and started playing for themselves. Yekini did not get service at USA 94; instead Amuneke and Amokachi preferred to play selfishly.
5. Not against the point you are making but Okocha was still Ekpo's sub until after the WC. He didn't start until the semi-finals in Tunisia (only got 25 minutes against Egypt in the group stages). He was also used sparingly in the WC.
I remember that move like it was yesterday. Jayjay enters the game in the 60 minute. Westerhof points at Yekini and JJ finds Yekini with a 50 yard ball. Yekini collects with his back to goal, turns joggles the ball with his knee and volleys from almost 40 yards and hits the bar. Even though he didn't score, schoubier pays on a bet they had that Yekini wouldn't score against him.
I don't know what month the nations cup took place in 94, but considering i was a boarder in secondary it's surprising i was able to watch the nations cup in 94. I remember that was like the first football tourney i followed, that was also where i saw the man-god that ranks far above all Nigerian players to me. Rashidi Yekini could have been super man to me, i remember his fantastic volley that bounced of the Egyptian cross bar. He finished as top scorer in that tournament but could only get one goal in the world cup in june. Fortunately it was Nigeria's first ever goal which puts the man-god in the history books forever and ever.
He has done his job,the blame of not scoring should go to the striker not the guy that delivered the final ball
Amokachi was one of our best players at the World Cup in 1994 and his goal against Greece is amongst the greatest world cup goals ever,shown over and over again.He was also the top scorer for the Super Eagles en route France 1998 playing as a support striker!Not saying he was the best Nigerian player ever, he was just my favorite because I love commmited players.
Really, I rate players based on the job done on the pitch.Most of these players were not raised in Ikoyi or V.I and didn't attend private schools.Their passport to success was football.Really, I laugh when the Press tries to make them role models.I only rate them based on what happens on the footie field
1. Jay Jay Okocha (He just slightly pips the 2nd because he was a global superstar throughout)
2. Rashidi Yekini (He was a RELIABLE Nigerian legend that delivered for the team)
3. Daniel Amokachi (He had heart and serious work rate)
4. Garba Lawal (He had good work rate, versatile and was a no-frills deliverer)
5. Osaze Odemwingie (He is dedicated on the pitch at every game)
Okocha is my number one pick but you gotta mention:
Amesiemaka Adokiye ( the man with the junior and senior mesmerism according to Ernest Okonkwo. Who remembers the legendary commentator Ernest Okonkwo ? The guy was a human encyclopedia. In his days, you watched footy with the TV volume off while you had your radio on, listening to his on the spot analysis of the game and his choice of words. Such a legend.) learnt a lot from Adokiye in terms of skill.
Samson Siasia : very good movement with the ball and a ball hustler.
Sam Okwaraji : flamboyant player like Jay jay, but also good. He fell where he played. A hero.
Mutiu Adepoju : Similar to Siasia in a way.
Henry Nwosu : Small but mighty, full of skill and packed some good shots
Segun Odegbami : Very good movement and if my childhood memory is correct, he was a flank master. (No 11)
Chairman Chukwu : You went nowhere near Okala with Chukwu on the pitch.
Rashidi Yekini : The most successful striker so far , but I can't forget the game against Italy and when the commentator screamed, " a goaaal for Nigeriaaaa but Rashidi Yekini said noo" He was a good finisher tho.
Emanuel Amuneke: A flank master , can't forget his diving header against Bulgaria, nor his strikes at 94 nations cup finals.
How about Oliha, Olise, Finidi etc. ?
Leave that thing, we have had some good player. The current players are still earning their dues, we shall see their greatness or not in retrospect.
This is very close between two players that I love. I pick JJ for what he could do with the ball and Yekini for the goals he scored for the Eagles.
Overall I go for Yekini on the following bases
1. Yekini was part of an era when Nigerian football was feared on the continent. I am talking about when the Eagles still played at Surulere. Okocha was part of an era when You didn't know what to expect from the Eagles
2. Yekini defeated each opponent just by being on the pitch. The man was a terror and teams, players, and coaches all over Africa feared the man.
3. Yekini was African footballer of the year although I concede, in my opinion, that Okocha was cheated twice from winning that award.
Honorary mentions include
Odegbami, Oliseh, Okechukwu Uche, Okparaji, Keshi, Finidi, Muda Lawal, Chairman Chukwu, Kanu
Mikel definitely isn't in his 30s. Even if he isn't 23 like his passport reads, he is yet to have reached the 30 years mark. At most he is 27! But I want to believe he isn't like the others (age cheats).
Mikel, Osaze, Ike Uche, Enyeama, you guys are my drive for the current national team! Do us proud in SA!! ^0^
Whie I agree that Mikel has not got to that stage of great accomplishment due to his age and time in the national team.
I simply disagree with people that have rubbished the guy. He is immensely talented and will one day be amongst the greatest around.
I think people should try to criticise constructively.
Check his improvement and technical depth and come back to tell me if you are right or not.
1) Maybe he hold the record as the only strike patner that his pass to his main striker NEVER result to a goal.
2) Where do you want to place Sam Okwaraji, Alhaji Rashidi Yekini, Mutiu Adepoju, Christian chukwu. Where?
3) No Sir! Until their regime, we always have a compact team as most of our national team players came from Sutin stars, Rangers and Bendel insurance.
4) No Cerezo was not even using ear-ring in Maroc. The Bull is the head of the foursome. I hope remember that his best days in Eagles is still when he was invited to Algiers 90 team fresh from secondary school and ranchers bees.
5) Ear-rings or Sango hairdo is just side attractions. Was it NOT your Dan that refused to train in 1995 yet was chatting in the stadium with Jim Nwobodo about their similarities in them having twins. He is too full of himself.
kanu ko kunu ni. a player that is living of under 23 achievement 14 years ago just because he scored 2goals, to make it worse nigerians call him africa most decorated insult to weah and etoo. kanu have scored 13 goals for nigeria from 1994 to 2010 that is 1 goal per 1 year, kanu have scored 0 goal in nations cups and 4 assists, kanu is not not anything big in nigeria senior team he just goes to big clubs perform 2 world class games, stay useless for the rest of the season then when achievements comes out kanu names comes out while in real the guy just sit on bench.
trivia question of the day; how many games and goals did kanu scored for arsenal in season 2003/04
answer- kanu played 1game in the whole season of 2003/04 called the invisibles and he scored 1 goal. he did not even receive a medal for that season yet nigerians would say kanu have won 2 premier league medals