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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.

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Most Capped Super Eagles Players Listed

10.  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.

9. William Troost-Ekong

The solid defender has earned 69 caps for Nigeria. He made his debut in 2015 and has since established himself as a key figure in the Super Eagles’ defense. Troost-Ekong has also contributed 5 goals for Nigeria.

8.  Jay-Jay Okocha

Most Capped Super Eagles Players

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).

7. Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi

The talented attacking midfielder has earned 74 caps for Nigeria. He made his debut in 2015 and has since become an important player for the Super Eagles. Iwobi has scored 10 goals and is known for his creativity and ability to unlock defenses.

6  Mudashiru Lawal

Most Capped Super Eagles Players

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

Most Capped Super Eagles Players

The legendary striker earned 86 caps for Nigeria. Kanu played for the Super Eagles from 1994 to 2011 and scored 12 goals. The two-time African Footballer of the Year 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

Most Capped Super Eagles Players

The midfield maestro amassed 91 caps for the Super Eagles. He represented Nigeria in the Green White Green shirt from 2005 to 2019 and scored 6 goals. Mikel was known for his technical skills, vision, and ability to control the game from the midfield.

Mikel made his FIFA World Cup debut at the 2014 tournament in Brazil and also played at the 2018 edition. But he has featured at the AFCON since 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2019). He won the AFCON title in 2013 under the late Stephen Keshi as manager.

3  Joseph Yobo

Most Capped Super Eagles Players

The versatile defender also earned 101 caps during his international career. Yobo played for Nigeria from 2001 to 2014 and contributed 7 goals. He was known for his leadership qualities and solid defensive performances. The centre back was able to put 7 goals into his football career records.

Yobo was at three FIFA World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014) and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013). He was captain when Nigeria won the 2013 AFCON edition in South Africa.

2  Vincent Enyeama

Most Capped Super Eagles Players

The former goalkeeper is tied for second place with 101 caps. Known for his agility and shot-stopping abilities, Enyeama represented Nigeria from 2002 to 2015. Despite not scoring any goals, he was a crucial figure in the Super Eagles’ success.

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

Most Capped Super Eagles Players

With 109 caps, Super Eagles’ current captain (since he is still playing) holds the record for the most appearances for the Super Eagles. He made his debut in 2010 and has since become an integral part of the team. Musa has also scored 16 goals for Nigeria, including memorable performances in the FIFA World Cup.

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).

Wrap Up

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.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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1 COMMENT

  1. Iwobi has 74 caps today, and had 69 at the time this post was edited but he was not included while, Osaze, Rufai and Keshi with less caps were included.

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