Where are Nigeria FC’s 2013 AFCON final-winning starting 11?

Where are Nigeria FC’s 2013 AFCON final-winning starting 11?
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Nigeria's Super Eagles will take on the Elephants of Ivory Coast in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) on Sunday.

This will be Nigeria FC‘s first Nations Cup final since 2013.

In this article, we'll talk about the 11 players who started Nigeria FC's 2013 AFCON final, and where they are now.

Nigeria FC's 2013 AFCON final-winning starting 11

Vincent Enyeama

At the time Vincent Enyeama plied his trade in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv on loan from Lille.

The former Enyimba shot-stopper returned to the French side later that summer, where he stayed until August 2018. Enyeama officially announced his retirement in June 2020.

Efe Ambrose

Efe Ambrose played for Scottish heavyweights Celtic at the time of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. He stayed with the Glasgow-based team until July 2017.

Ambrose has represented a fair few teams since then, he currently plays for Queen of the South in the third tier of Scottish football.

Nigeria FC AFCON 2013 starting 11
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Godfrey Oboabona

Godfrey Oboabona played in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the time of the 2013 AFCON.

Due to his solid performances for the Super Eagles, he attracted the attention of some European clubs, moving to Turkish side Caykur Rizespor later that summer.

Oboabona eventually played in Saudi Arabia, Croatia and Georgia before retiring in January 2021.

Kenneth Omeruo

Besides Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo is the only other Nigerian who played in the AFCON 2013 final, and is still in the Super Eagles AFCON 2023 squad.

The 30-year-old now plays for Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig.

Elderson Echiejile

Elderson Echiejile made the switch from SC Braga to Monaco less than 12 months after winning AFCON 2013 with the Super Eagles.

He proceeded to play for a few other teams including Standard Liege, Sporting Gijon and Cercle Brugge before retiring in June 2019.

Nigeria FC AFCON 2013 starting 11
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Sunday Mba

Like Oboabona, Sunday Mba was an NPFL player at the time Nigeria won the 2013 AFCON, plying his trade with Warri Wolves.

In less than 12 months, Mba moved to Enugu Rangers and then to CA Bastia of France. He retired in September 2017 after spending two years with Turkish outfit Yeni Malatyaspor.

John Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi was with Chelsea when Nigeria squared off against Burkina Faso in the 2013 AFCON final, and he stayed with the London-based club until January 2017.

Mikel proceeded to play for a few teams across two continents before retiring in September 2022.

Ogenyi Onazi

Ogenyi Onazi had just been promoted from Lazio's youth team, and was enjoying his first full season with the senior team. He was just 20 years old when Nigeria played AFCON 2013.

Onazi has been quite a journeyman, playing for teams like Trabzonspor, Casertana and Kitchee. He currently plies his trade with Avezzano in the fourth tier of Italian football.

Nigeria FC AFCON 2013 starting 11
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Brown Ideye

Brown Ideye was with Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine in 2013. He has played for a fair few teams since then, including West Bromwich Albion, Olympiacos and Málaga. As it stands, Ideye currently plays for Yarmouk FC in Kuwait.

Ikechukwu Uche

Ikechukwu Uche was a Villarreal player when Nigeria's Super Eagles last played in an AFCON final. The former Getafe player proceeded to represent Tigres UANL, Málaga and Gimnastic de Tarragona before retiring in July 2019.

Victor Moses

Victor Moses was Mikel Obi's Chelsea teammate at the time. He secured a loan move to Liverpool several months later.

Moses also had loan spells to other clubs like Stoke City, West Ham United and Inter. In July 2021, he eventually signed for Spartak Moscow, and has been with the club till now.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

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