Top 10 best football players from Nigeria (Part 2)

Let’s continue the list of top 10 football players coming form Nigeria!

Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi is a former Nigerian player and manager born on January 23, 1962. Sadly, after having a heart attack at home, he died on his way to the hospital on June 7, 2016.

During his tenure his role as a defender, he played 64 international games and scored nine goals for Nigeria. He commanded the national team to win Africa’s 1994 World Cup. Then, since 2011, he coached the team to win again in 2013, thus becoming one of only two to win. He was one of the few athletes that won in tournaments as both a player and a coach.

His football career spanned from 1979 to 1998, in which he played for five countries, including Belgium, where he won the Belgian Juliper League alongside RSC Anderlecht in 1991. He was honored by Google on January 23, 2018, when the search engine changed the logo in Nigeria to illustrate for him what would be his 56th birthday.

Kanu Nwankwo

Born on August 1, 1976, Nwankwo was a player who advanced towards the Nigerian national team for 17 years, from 1994-2010. During his career from 1992–2012, he played for Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.

In a career spanning two decades, Nwankwo remains one of Africa’s most successful football striker, winning more than 20 awards (individuals, countries and clubs).

The prizes include the Olympic gold medals in 1996 with Nigeria, and made its third appearance in English Premier League history, appearing on the bench 118 times. As a member of the national team, he made 87 international appearances, scoring 12 goals.

In 1999, Independent reported that Kanu was bought by Arsenal for £ 4, £ 5 million (US $ 5 million). In addition to his football career, Nwankwo is an entrepreneur. He had some investments in real estate, hotels, and oil. These was said to be worth more than $ 104 million.

Western Taribo

Born on March 26, 1974, Taribo West is a famous former defensive player with unique and colorful hairstyles. He started his professional career for Obanta United in 1989.

After a successful test in 1993, he joined Auxerre and helped them reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

West had an unstable career with some controversy that saw him move to different teams in a short time. From 1994 to 2005, he played 42 international games without goals for Nigeria. He eventually retired in 2008 and is now a Christian pastor at the church he founded, Shelter in The Miracle of the Storms of all nations.