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Super Eagles All Time Highest Goal Scorers

Can you list Super Eagles all time highest goal scorers? Who is Super Eagle’s highest goal scorer? Who is Nigeria’s highest goal scorer in World Cup?

Yes, I know some of you think Odion Jude Ighalo is the highest goal scorer in the Nigeria national team.

He may have been the highest goal scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt but he is not the Super Eagles all time top scorer. Note that the emphasis is on ALL TIME.

I’m glad to inform you that before Ighalo is, Rashidi Yekini was.

Yekini died at the age of 48 in 2012 and continues to lead the Super Eagles all time highest goal scorers’ chart with 37 goals in his 58 appearances for Nigerian.

During his time, he played for more than two decades, representing Nigeria in about four AFCON tournaments (1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994), and two World Cups (1994 & 1998).

Other representations he made for Nigeria are the World Cup qualifications and friendlies.

One of the most remarkable things about Yekini’s career for the national team is that he scored Nigeria’s first goal in the World Cup in a 3–0 win against Bulgaria in the USA in 1994.

Also, after emerging Primeira Liga’s top scorer in the 1993–94 season with 21 goals, Yekini became the first Nigerian to win the African Footballer of the Year title.

Segun Odegbami is the second all-time goal scorer in Nigeria.

The ‘Mathematical’ Odegbami, though played in the days of the Green Eagles AKA Super Eagles, featured for Nigeria in 46 games between 1970–1984 and has scored a total of 23 goals to his credit.

He was part of the team that won Nigeria’s first Africa Cup of Nations title at the 1980 tournament held in Lagos.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni is the third Super Eagles all-time top scorer with 21 goals for Nigeria in 57 appearances.

“The Yak” is also the fourth highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals.

He has been to four African Cup of Nations finals for Nigeria, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 Summer Olympic.

This list of Super Eagles all-time top goalscorers is made up of football players who have played for the Nigeria national team and is listed according to their number of goals scored.

See Also: Super Eagles 1994 World Cup Squad Listed

Super Eagles All-Time Top Goalscorers

Rashidi Yekini: 37 Goals in 58 Caps

Segun Odegbami: 23 Goals in 46 Caps

Yakubu: 21 Goals in 57 Caps 

Ikechukwu Uche: 19 Goals in 46 Caps

Obafemi Martins: 18 Goals in 48 Caps

Sunday Oyarekhua: 17 Goals in 28 Caps

Samson Siasia: 16 Goals in 51 Caps

Odion Ighalo: 16 Goals in 37 Caps

Julius Aghahowa: 14 Goals in 32 Caps

Jay Jay Okocha: 14 Goals in 75 Caps

Daniel Amokachi: 13 Goals in 44 Caps

Ahmed Musa: 13 Goals in 63 Caps

Victor Obinna: 12 Goals in 48 Caps

Mudashiru Lawal: 12 Goals in 86 Caps

Nwankwo Kanu: 12 Goals in 87 Caps

Victor Moses: 10 Goals in 28 Caps

Peter Odemwingie: 10 Goals in 63 Caps

Emmanuel Amunike: 9 Goals in 27 Caps

Emmanuel Emenike: 9 Goals in 37 Caps

Stephen Keshi: 9 Goals in 64 Caps

Benedict Akwuegbu: 8 Goals in 30 Caps

Kelechi Iheanacho: 7 Goals in 11 Caps

Victor Ikpeba: 7 Goals in 31 Caps

Joseph Yobo: 7 Goals in 101 Caps

John Utaka: 6 Goals in 43 Caps

Mutiu Adepoju: 6 Goals in 48 Caps

Finidi George: 6 Goals in 62 Caps

All the goals and appearances used in this Super Eagles all time highest goal scorers are those of FIFA World Cup matches, Africa Cup of Nations games, and international friendlies.

This article was updated 7 months ago


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