Who are the ten most capped Super Eagles players ever? How many times did Joseph Yobo cap for Nigeria? How many caps does Ahmed Musa have? Who is the most capped player in the world? Where is Ahmed Musa from? Who is Nigeria’s most capped player? How many times did Joseph Yobo cap as a Super Eagle Star? Who is Nigeria Super Eagle Captain?
Caps Meaning In Football
What is an international cap in football?
A cap in football refers to a player’s appearance in a game at the international level. The term dates from the practice in the UK of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football.
The act of awarding a cap is now international and is used in other sports. The term “cap” has been retained as an indicator of the number of occasions on which a footballer has represented their country at the international level.
Today, a “cap” is awarded for each game played and so a player who has played X games, for the team, is said to have been capped X times.
With that understanding, let’s now see the 10 most capped Super Eagles players of all time.
Most Capped Super Eagles Players Listed
10 Peter Osaze Odemwingie
Osaze has 65 caps for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, scoring 11 goals in the process between 2002–2014 the period he played for Nigeria. The half-cast made his debut for Nigeria in a friendly against Kenya in May 2002. The winger attended two World Cups and four Africa Cup of Nations for the Eagles, and also won silver at the 2008 Olympics.
9 Peter Rufai
The goalkeeper made 66 caps for the Nigeria national team and has, unsurprisingly as a goalie, just one goal in his kitty. ‘Dodo Mayana’, as he is fondly called, represented Nigeria between 1983–1998 and was present in two World Cups and three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (1994, 1988 and 1984).
8 Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
The defender won 68 caps for the Super Eagles in his days and was able to score 9 goals. His career with Nigeria was for almost two decades (1981–1998). Before he retired, the late Stephen Keshi represented Nigeria at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, where, as captain, he won the title with the Super Eagles. He was also at 1992, 1988, 1984 and 1982 AFCON tournaments.
7 Jay-Jay Okocha
Okocha got a total of 73 caps with the Nigeria senior team and found the back of the net 14 times as a midfielder. He reigned between the year 1993–2006. Jay-Jay represented Nigeria at three FIFA World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002) and was also at five Africa Cup of Nations (1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006).
6 Mudashiru Lawal
Mudashiru Babatunde “Muda” Lawal is the only player from way back who managed to amass as much as 86 caps playing for the Nigeria football team. He was also able to score a total of 11 goals when he played between 1975–1985 for Nigeria. To date, Muda remains the only player in Africa to grace five consecutive Nations Cup finals from 1976 to 1984. He won the AFCON with Christian Chukwu in 1980 in Lagos.
5 Nwankwo Kanu
The two-time African Footballer of the Year was able to amass as much as 86 caps for the Super Eagles and scored a total of 13 goals in the process. His career playing for Nigeria lasted from 1994–2011. Kanu cannot be forgotten for his exploits at both the 1993 FIFA U-17 tournament and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Kanu participated in three World Cups (1998, 2002, 2010), and six Nations Cups (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).
4 Mikel John Obi
The former Chelsea star made 91 appearances in the Green White Green shirt and got a total of 6 goals for Nigeria. His playing days for the Super Eagles of Nigeria were between 2005–2019. Mikel made his FIFA World Cup debut at the 2014 tournament in Brazil and also played at the 2018 edition. But he has been featuring at the AFCON since 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2019). He won the AFCON title in 2013 under manager late Stephen Keshi.
3 Joseph Yobo
The centre back is one of the Super Eagles players with the highest number of caps with 101 appearances for the national team. He was able to put 7 goals into his football career records which he began in 2001–2014. He was at three FIFA World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014) and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013). Yobo was captain when Nigeria won the 2013 AFCON edition in South Africa.
2 Vincent Enyeama
This is the second goalkeeper to have as many caps as 101 but recorded no goal, unlike Rufai who got one. In fact, Enyeama use to be Nigeria’s most capped player until the player below surpassed him in November 2021. Enyeama played for the Super Eagles from 2002–2015 and participated in 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He was also at five Nations Cup (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013).
1 Ahmed Musa
The Super Eagles’ current captain has so far (since he is still playing) amassed 105 caps, scoring 16 goals in the process. He has been with the national team since the year 2010–present. Musa has a couple of firsts: first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match and first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions. He has been to two World Cups (2014 & 2018) and to three AFCONS (2013, 2019, 2022).
Those names above are obviously the 10 most capped Super Eagles players of all time. And expectedly, Musa’s caps are going to skyrocket beyond 105 in the coming days as he continues to feature for the national team.