List Of Nigerian Goalkeepers – All Names From Inception Till Date

List Of Nigerian Goalkeepers

The question of who is the best goalkeeper does not arise in this article. I don’t want to get involved in that debate, I just want to focus on a list of Nigerian goalkeepers. as well as those from the past

There’s no doubt Nigeria has produced quite a handful of fantastic goalkeepers over the years, talk about the likes of Best Ogedengbe, Peter Rufai, Ike Shorunmu, and so forth.

But who are these ‘so forth’?

Don’t worry, my list of Nigerian goalkeepers will show you that.

Did you know that goalkeepers’ contributions in the game of soccer – in any country – are less appreciated?

Most people see the other guys on the field as playing more critical roles especially the strikers.

Yeah, because they score the goals.

But fans forget that as oppose to that, the goalkeepers keep the goals out!

Doesn’t that kind of make them important?

It’s only when it’s time for penalty shootout that you see the whole stadium depending on a goalkeeper’s save – ah, and so he becomes important!

Go ask those who knew Rufai when he was at his peak – not when he played in the Super Eagles 1998 World Cup squad – I’m talking about his hay days in the ’80s.

The dude saved more penalty kicks than any goalkeeper in the history of Nigerian football!

Till date, Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin remains the only keeper in history to have been awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1963.

Did I hear you say ‘what a shame’?

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I dare to say, a goalkeeper is as good as his/her other 10 teammates on the field.

Wait, I’m beginning to sound like I’m debating.

Scratch that.

When the defenders lining up in front of a goalkeeper are not up to scratch, and recklessly expose the goalkeeper, then even the most endowed goalie would become a mere rookie in front of the opposing striker.

But sometimes it takes a very good keeper to save a team from defeat just as sometimes it takes an exceptionally good striker to deliver victory to his team.

Let’s now see my list of Nigerian goalkeepers, whether in abroad, in Europe, in England and even foreign-born.

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List Of Nigerian Goalkeepers

PlayerPositionDOBApps YrTeam
Theophilus AfelokhaiGoalkeeper07-04-882019Super Eagles
Chigozie AgbimGoalkeeper28-11-842012Super Eagles
Wilfred AgbonavbareGoalkeeper05-10-661983-94Super Eagles
Alloysius AguGoalkeeper12-07-671998-95Super Eagles
Dele AiyenugbaGoalkeeper20-11-832005-15Super Eagles
Murphy AkanjiGoalkeeper01-01-771999-02Super Eagles
Bassey AkpanGoalkeeper06-01-842008Super Eagles
Daniel AkpeyiGoalkeeper03-08-862015-Super Eagles
Dele AlampasuGoalkeeper24-12-962017-Super Eagles
Abiodun BaruwaGoalkeeper16-11-741997-98Super Eagles
Emmanuel DanielGoalkeeper17-12-932015-16Nigeria U23
Ndubuisi EgboGoalkeeper25-07-731999-02Super Eagles
Austin EjideGoalkeeper08-04-842001-14Super Eagles
Vincent EnyeamaGoalkeeper29-08-822002-15Super Eagles
Greg EtafiaGoalkeeper30-09-822003Super Eagles
Ikechukwu EzenwaGoalkeeper16-10-882015-Super Eagles
Peterside IdahGoalkeeper25-11-731998-01Super Eagles
Carl IkemeGoalkeeper08-06-862015-16Super Eagles
David NgodighaGoalkeeper23-10-621988Summer Olympics
Okiemute OdahGoalkeeper23-11-882016-18Nigeria U-17
Maduka OkoyeGoalkeeper28-08-992019Super Eagles
Willy OkparaGoalkeeper07-05-681996-98Super Eagles
Ajiboye OladeleGoalkeeper07-08-902018Super Eagles
Segun OluwaniyiGoalkeeper24-04-822010Super Eagles
Sunday RotimiGoalkeeper09-03-802001Super Eagles
Peter RufaiGoalkeeper24-08-631983-98Super Eagles
Ike ShorunmuGoalkeeper16-10-671992-02Super Eagles
Olufemi ThomasGoalkeeper05-08-892011AFCON U23
Francis UzohoGoalkeeper28-10-982017-Super Eagles
Dosun JosephGoalkeeper19-07-731996-97Super Eagles
Joe EricoGoalkeeperSuper Eagles
Patrick Olu OnagoruwaGoalkeeperSuper Eagles
Peter FregeneGoalkeeper17-05-471966-83Super Eagles
Sam IbiamGoalkeeper04-04-251949-58Super Eagles
Emmanuel OkalaGoalkeeper17-05-511972-80Super Eagles
David NgodigaGoalkeeper23-10-62Super Eagles
Moses EffiongGoalkeeper04-10-591980Super Eagles
Ambruse VanzekinGoalkeeper14-07-862008Nigeria U-23

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Now your turn

So before anybody opens his/her mouth to shred me into pieces, please know that I did my best on this list of Nigerian goalkeepers and that I am open to suggestions on changes and possible additions.


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