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Historic List Of Nigeria Super Eagles Coaches Till Date

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Let’s now take a look at the list of Nigeria Super Eagles coaches from start till date.

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England: Jack Finch (1949)

Born 3 February 1909 in West Ham, Finch was the first coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria when he took charge of the national team in 1949 for their tour of England, in which they played a number of friendlies against varying opposition.

He died on 15 November 1993 at the age of 84 in Worthing, England.

Nigeria: Daniel Amobi Amadi Anyiam (1954–1956)

Daniel Anyiam, who was born on November 26, 1926, was a Nigerian coach for the Super Eagles from 1954-1956 and again from 1964-1965. He used to be a player as well and was the first captain of the Nigeria national team in 1949.

He was also Enugu Rangers’ first coach and was a selector for the national team after the Biafra War and has a stadium in Owerri named after him.

England: Les Courtier (1956–1960)

Les Courtier was the next Englishman to have coached Nigeria from 1956 to 1960. He led the Super Eagles who were then known as the Red Devils, to a game that beat the national team of Dahomey (now Benin Republic) 10 goals to one on November 28, 1959.

Israel: Moshe “Jerry” Beit haLevi (1960–1961)

The Israeli football manager was born on 14th November 1912 in Łódź, Congress Poland. Jerry accepted an offer to coach the Green Eagles in 1960. In his time between 1960 and 1961, Jerry got four wins, five draws, and three losses for Nigeria. He died on 3rd February 1997 at the age of 84.

Hungary: George Vardar (1961–1963)

Nigeria’s Super Eagles did not fare well at all under Vardar as the national team suffered a serious blow in the hands of Ghana and Sudan. Daniel Anyiam had to be brought in to take over from him.

England: Joey Blackwell (1963–1964)

Nothing much was done and so nothing much is known about Blackwell during his time as coach of the Nigerian side.

Hungary: József Ember (1965–1968)

Aside from handling the Nigeria national team in the 60s, the Hungarian football coach also managed the national sides of Ghana and the Chinese national team in the 50s.

Spain: Sabino Barinaga (1968–1969)

The Spanish football forward and manager was born on 15th August 1922 in Durango. Barinaga coached Nigeria and later coached Morocco too. He eventually died on 19 March 1988 in Madrid at the age of 65 after struggling with heart disease.

Nigeria: Peter ‘Eto’ Amaechina (1969–1970)

Though he was a Nigerian coach, Amaechina didn’t record much exploit with the national team.

West Germany: Karl-Heinz Marotzke (1970–1971)

After coaching the Black Stars of Ghana, Marotzke coached the Super Eagles from 1970 to 1971 and 1974. He also coached Botswana in 2001. Marotzke was born on 29th March 1934 in Germany and he is still alive at the age of 87.

Brazil: Jorge Penna (1972–1973)

When Nigeria hosted the 1973 All African games in Lagos and won gold in the football event, Brazilian coach Jorge Penna was the one in charge of the Nigerian football team then. But nothing concrete has been heard of him since he left the Nigerian national team

Yugoslavia: Tihomir Jelisavčić (1974–1978)

This is another Super Eagles coach who didn’t make much mar in his time.

Brazil: Otto Glória (1979–1982)

Glória was born on 9th January 1917 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He won the famous 1980 African Cup of Nations with the then Green Eagles in Lagos after defeating Algeria 3-0. After the 1982 AFCON in Libya, he had to leave the Nigeria national team following their poor outing. Otto died on 4th September 1986 at the age of 69.

West Germany: Gottlieb Göller (1981)

Göller was born on 31st May 1935 in Nuremberg, Germany. The German footballer and manager started in Nigeria with Julius Berger F.C. in the 1970s before in 1981 he coached the Green Eagles for just one game. He died on 27th August 2004 at the age of 69.

Nigeria: Festus Onigbinde (1983–2002)

Onigbinde was born on March 5th 1938 in Modakeke, Osun State, Nigeria and he’s 83 years old now. He has coached Nigeria’s national team thrice between 1982, 1984 and 2002. He got Nigeria into the 1984 Africa Nations Cup final but lost 1-3 to Cameroun in that match. Onigbinde to date has the worst performance record for Nigeria in the World Cup history during the Japan/South Korea 2002 edition. The Super Eagles were knocked out of the tournament in the first round without winning a single match.

Nigeria: Chris Udemezue (1984–1986)

Christopher ‘Ajilo’ Udemezue was an under -20 team coach before being drafted to takeover from Onigbinde as Super Eagles coach. His appointment ended up as just another failed World cup qualification journey for the 1986 World cup tournament.

Nigeria: Patrick Ekeji (1985)

The former Nigerian sports administrator was born on 11th March 1951 and is aged 70 years old now. He played for the Green Eagles between 1975 and 1980; for Rangers of Enugu from 1977 to 1978; and for Vasco Da Gama FC Enugu between 1973 and 1977) before briefly coaching the national team in 1985.

Nigeria: Paul Hamilton (1987–1989)

Hamilton was born on 31st July 1941 and died on 30th March 2017 at the Military Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. He was diagnosed with heart and kidney-related health issues and had his left leg amputated as a result of many injuries. He died after a long illness. He became the head coach of the Green Eagles in 1989 but was relieved of his position after failing to qualify Nigeria for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

West Germany: Manfred Höner (fr) (1988–1989)

Another Eagles coach who did not make wave in his tenure before being shown the exit door.

Netherlands: Clemens Westerhof (1989–1994)

The Dutch football manager was born on 3rd May 1940 and is currently aged 81. Westerhof coached other African teams though but it was with the Super Eagles of Nigeria he became very popular when he won the 1994 AFCON and also qualified for the second round of the FIFA World Cup that same year. He made Nigeria a powerhouse when it comes to football on the African continent.

Nigeria: Shaibu Amodu (1994–2015)

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He first managed the Nigerian national team on an interim basis between 1994 and 1997. And from April 2001 to February 2002, Amodu became head coach for the Eagles but was later dismissed. He was re-appointed in April 2008 and was sacked in February 2010.

Amodu was appointed technical director of Nigeria’s national teams in May 2013 and from then on it became a back and forth appointment between him and Stephen Keshi.

He was re-appointed again in October 2014 as his fifth spell with Nigeria, replacing Stephen Keshi. Only for Keshi to return to the role two weeks later but was fired in July 2015 and Amodu took over again temporarily before being relieved finally.

Amodu was born on 18th April 1958 and died on 10 June 2016 at the age of 58, three days after Keshi died.

Netherlands: Jo Bonfrere (1995–1996)

The Dutch football coach started off with the 1996 Summer Olympics where he led Nigeria’s dream team to win the gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia. He later led the Super Eagles to the 2000 AFCON where they lost to Cameroon by penalties in the final. The tournament was co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.

France: Philippe Troussier (1997)

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The French football manager replaced Shaibu Amodu as Nigeria attempted to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He successfully qualified Nigeria for the World Cup but the Nigeria Football Federation still relieved Troussier of his duties and brought in coach Bora Milutinović.

Nigeria: Monday Sinclair (1997–1998)

The former Sharks of Port Harcourt boss was in charge of the national team on an interim basis before Bora Milutinovic was hired. Sinclair was the only experienced coach available at the time and was the eighth indigenous coach to handle the national team.

Yugoslavia: Bora Milutinović (1998)

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The Serbian-Mexican football manager took the Super Eagles to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France where Nigeria won its group with a remarkable 3–2 upset win over Spain to reach the knockout rounds. He was the only manager to have been to five consecutive World Cups with different teams namely Mexico in 1986, Costa Rica in 1990, the United States in 1994, Nigeria in 1998 and China in 2002.

Netherlands: Thijs Libregts (1999)

Thijs Libregts, Nigeria coach (Photo by Mike Egerton/EMPICS via Getty Images)

The Dutch football coach was born on 4th January 1941 in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is now 81 years of age. It was after he was dismissed by Olympiakos that Libregts took charge of the Eagles in August 1998 until October 1999 when he was removed by Nigeria’s FA.

Nigeria: Christian Chukwu (2002–2005)

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Chukwu was the captain of the Green Eagles in the late 1970s and the first captain to lift the AFCON trophy after thrashing Algeria 3-0 in the 1980 tournament final. He coached Nigeria till 2005 and got to the semifinals of the 2004 African Cup of Nations but performed woefully during the 2006 World Cup qualification. His abysmal performance led to Nigeria failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since her debut in 1994.

Nigeria: Augustine Eguavoen (2005–2022)

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Eguavoen got his first call up to be Nigeria’s coach (though caretaker) in June 2005 and had Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu as his coaching crew. He led Nigeria to the 2006 AFCON in Egypt and got a bronze medal after beating Senegal in the third-place play-off. He was however sacked in April 2006. He staged a comeback in June 2010 when he replaced Swedish Lars Lagerbäck as caretaker again.

The Nigerian Football Federation appointed Eguavoen as the Technical Director of the Federation in October 2020 and by the following year in December, he was appointed again as a coach on an interim basis for the 2021 AFCON after Gernot Rohr was axed. Nigeria lost to Tunisia in the round of sixteen and Eguavoen returned to being NFF’s Technical Director.

Germany: Berti Vogts (2007–2008)

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Aside from Nigeria, the German has managed the national teams of Germany (winning Euro 96), Scotland, Azerbaijan and the United States (as technical advisor). Vogts signed a four-year contract to manage Nigeria but the Super Eagles were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the 2008 AFCON making it the country’s worst in the competition since 1982. Vogts expectedly left in February 2008.

Nigeria: James Peters (2008)

His appointment was a case of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) needing more time to decide their choice of a substantial coach and had to consider Peters for the Super Eagles job.

Sweden: Lars Lagerbäck (2010)

The Swedish football manager was born on 16th July 1948 in Katrineholm, making him 73 years old. Lagerbäck has managed a number of national teams aside from Nigeria. He managed the Swedish national team from 1998 until 2009 and resigned in 2009 after Sweden failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He also led Iceland to unprecedented success as they qualified for their first finals competition at UEFA Euro 2016, and reached the quarter-finals where they beat England in the last 16.

Nigeria: Samson Siasia (2010–2016)

Siasia was born on 14th August 1967 in Lagos, Nigeria and was head coach of the Super Eagles from 2010 to October 2011 before he was sacked and reappointed in 2016. Following a match-fixing problem, Siasia is serving a five-year suspension by FIFA.

Nigeria: Stephen Keshi (2011–2015)

Keshi was the chief coach of the Nigeria Super Eagles in 2013 when the country won the AFCON title. He is one of only two people (Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary inclusive) to have won the AFCON as both a player and a coach. He also holds a record in African football of being the first African coach to qualify two African nations, i.e. Nigeria and Togo, for the World Cup Finals in 2005 and in 2013. Another record he holds is helping Nigeria become the first country to achieve an AFCON trophy and World Cup qualification both in the same year (2013). After Nigeria exited the 2014 World Cup, Keshi was not rehired by the NFF.

Keshi died from a heart attack on 7th June 2016 in Benin City at the age of 54.

Nigeria: Daniel Amokachi (2014–2015)

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“The Bull”, as he is commonly called, was assistant coach of Nigeria twice, first to Shuaibu Amodu, and then to Stephen Keshi. He later became manager of the Super Eagles on an interim basis from 2014 to 2015.

Nigeria: Sunday Oliseh (2015-2016)

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Oliseh qualified Nigeria to the CHAN tournament in Rwanda as well as to the Group Phase of the 2018 world cup Qualifiers. He resigned as Nigeria’s national coach on 26 February 2016. He managed the Super Eagles for barely 8 months and was sacked as manager.

Germany: Gernot Rohr (2016–2021)

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NFF President Amaju Pinnick announced Rohr as the new manager for the Super Eagles in August 2016. Rohr took Nigeria to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt and got a third-place finish. By December 2021, Rohr was sacked despite qualifying Nigeria for the 2021 AFCON.

List Of Nigeria Super Eagles Coaches

This list of Nigeria Super Eagles coaches has been arranged chronologically for a better understanding of how each manager took over from the previous one and when.

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Before I round off this list of Nigeria Super Eagles coaches, let me do a quick summarised list of all Super Eagles foreign coaches from inception below:

Super Eagles Foreign Coaches

  1. John Finch (England) 1949
  2. Les Courtier (England) 1956-1960
  3. Moshe Jerry Beit haLevi (Israel) 1960 -61
  4. George Vardar (Hungary) 1961-1963
  5. Jorge Penna (Brazil) 1963, 1972-1973
  6. Joseph Ember (Hungary) 1965-1968
  7. Karl-Heinz Marotzke (Germany) 1973-1974
  8. Othman Calder (Germany) 1974
  9. Jelisavic ‘Tiki’ Tihomir (Yugoslavia) 1974-1978
  10. Otto Glória (Brazil) 1978-1982
  11. Gottlieb Göller (Germany) 1981
  12. Manfred Hoener (Germany) 1988-1989
  13. Clemens Westerhof (Holland) 1989-1994
  14. Johannes Bonfrere (Holland) 1995-1996
  15. Philippe Troussier (France) 1997
  16. Bora Milutinovic (Serbia) 1998
  17. Thijs Libregts (Holland) 1998-1999
  18. Berti Vogts (Germany) 2007-2008
  19. Lars Lagerback (Sweden) 2010
  20. Gernot Rohr (Germany) 2016-2020
  21. José Peseiro (Portugal) 2022– Till Present

That’s all on the list of Nigeria Super Eagles coaches. If we missed any names, let us know in the comment box.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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