Top 5 most creative Nigerian Footballers to have ever played for the super Eagles of Nigeria
Nigeria is a sports loving country and there is no denying that despite the political tensions in the nation, football has been one of the things uniting the whole nation.
We could see how wild Nigeria went after being disqualified by Ghana during the playoffs of the 2022 world cup CAF qualifiers.
Nigeria has won 3 AFCON trophies and still one of the most feared African nations in football.
Currently ranked amongst top 10 African nations by FIFA, there is no surprise that Nigeria produces a lot of talents.
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We all know, Nigeria has produced a lot of talents, over the years including very great midfielders. However, the majority of them are less creative. Could this be because African football is full of power than skills?
But yet Nigeria has seen some very top creative players who have grasped the football spotlight during their times. Below we shall be discussing the top 5 most creative Nigeria footballers ever.
1. Jay-Jay Okocha (Austin Okocha)
Jay-jay Okocha is considered one of the best African player of all time and Nigeria’s finest player ever. However it doesn’t just end there, Okocha was know for his skills, speed with while dribbling and above all king of nutmegs. This made him one of Nigeria and Africa’s most feared creative midfielders ever.
2. Segun Odegbami
Just like Okocha, Segun Odegbami was a top notch skillful player, full of pace and dangerous crosses down the right wing. His creativity as well as goal scoring power from midfielder helped Nigeria win the 1980 FACON which was hosted by Nigeria.
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3. Kanu Nwankwo
Welcome to Kanu’s world where pressuring him when with the ball was nothing than a child’s play. Kanu wasn’t that skillful but his calmness on the ball, his vision and his ability to cool down play and his through balls were miles ahead of any Nigerian footballer i ever watched. The closest to Kanu’s through ball madness is Crystal Palace 20 years old Michael Olise.
4. Emmanuel Amunike
Emmanuel Amunike who played more as a winger for the Super Eagles than a striker, was a great dribbler who possessed skills that made it easy for him get past opponents.
A career worth as gold was wrecked half way when Amunike played for Spanish giants FC Barcelona and picked up a serious knee injury.
5. Finidi George
A legend of the game, George was an incredibly talented player who so often showed moments of absolute genius going forward with the ball at his feet.
Master of Skills, quick feet and tirelessness, this were the attributes that made Finidi George conquer all of the Netherlands with Ajax while creative many chances from midfield. and the wings.