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

Player

Position

DOB

Apps.

Apps Yr

Team

Theophilus Afelokhai

Goalkeeper

4/7/1988

2

2019

Super Eagles

Chigozie Agbim

Goalkeeper

11/28/1984

14

2012

Super Eagles

Wilfred Agbonavbare

Goalkeeper

10/5/1966

15

1983-94

Super Eagles

Alloysius Agu

Goalkeeper

7/12/1967

28

1998-95

Super Eagles

Dele Aiyenugba

Goalkeeper

11/20/1983

17

2005-15

Super Eagles

Murphy Akanji

Goalkeeper

1/1/1977

2

1999-02

Super Eagles

Bassey Akpan

Goalkeeper

1/6/1984

10

2008

Super Eagles

Daniel Akpeyi

Goalkeeper

8/3/1986

19

2015-

Super Eagles

Dele Alampasu

Goalkeeper

12/24/1996

1

2017-

Super Eagles

Abiodun Baruwa

Goalkeeper

11/16/1974

5

1997-98

Super Eagles

Emmanuel Daniel

Goalkeeper

12/17/1993

25

2015-16

Nigeria U23

Ndubuisi Egbo

Goalkeeper

7/25/1973

12

1999-02

Super Eagles

Austin Ejide

Goalkeeper

4/8/1984

34

2001-14

Super Eagles

Vincent Enyeama

Goalkeeper

8/29/1982

101

2002-15

Super Eagles

Greg Etafia

Goalkeeper

9/30/1982

4

2003

Super Eagles

Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Goalkeeper

10/16/1988

21

2015-

Super Eagles

Peterside Idah

Goalkeeper

11/25/1973

on the bench

1998-01

Super Eagles

Carl Ikeme

Goalkeeper

6/8/1986

10

2015-16

Super Eagles

David Ngodigha

Goalkeeper

10/23/1962

on the bench

1988

Summer Olympics

Okiemute Odah

Goalkeeper

11/23/1988

2016-18

Nigeria U-17

Maduka Okoye

Goalkeeper

8/28/1999

1

2019

Super Eagles

Willy Okpara

Goalkeeper

5/7/1968

5

1996-98

Super Eagles

Ajiboye Oladele

Goalkeeper

8/7/1990

3

2018

Super Eagles

Segun Oluwaniyi

Goalkeeper

4/24/1982

1

2010

Super Eagles

Sunday Rotimi

Goalkeeper

3/9/1980

5

2001

Super Eagles

Peter Rufai

Goalkeeper

8/24/1963

65

1983-98

Super Eagles

Ike Shorunmu

Goalkeeper

10/16/1967

36

1992-02

Super Eagles

Olufemi Thomas

Goalkeeper

8/5/1989

on the bench

2011

AFCON U23

Francis Uzoho

Goalkeeper

10/28/1998

14

2017-

Super Eagles

Dosun Joseph

Goalkeeper

7/19/1973

3

1996-97

Super Eagles

Joe Erico

Goalkeeper

Super Eagles

Patrick Olu Onagoruwa

Goalkeeper

Super Eagles

Peter Fregene

Goalkeeper

5/17/1947

1966-83

Super Eagles

Sam Ibiam

Goalkeeper

4/4/2025

1949-58

Super Eagles

Emmanuel Okala

Goalkeeper

5/17/1951

59

1972-80

Super Eagles

David Ngodiga

Goalkeeper

10/23/1962

Super Eagles

Moses Effiong

Goalkeeper

10/4/1959

1

1980

Super Eagles

Ambruse Vanzekin

Goalkeeper

7/14/1986

6

2008

Nigeria 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.

LOL…

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Anyway, hope you enjoyed my list! I look forward to hearing feedback and opinions in the comment box.

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

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