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The 12 ‘Wise Men’ Choose The Dream Eagles’ Squad – From 1960 To Date!

The 12 ‘Wise Men’ Choose The Dream Eagles’ Squad – From 1960 To Date!

Culled from Mathematical7.com

It is not an easy task to compile a list of 16 players that make up an assembly of the greatest team in 60 years of football in Nigeria, called ‘Dream Eagles’.

At best, it is an academic exercise. More so, when those to select the players are only 12 out of a population of 200 million football-crazy Nigerians. But that’s what this game is – a personal selection of a squad of players with a captain from amongst them and a coach, by ‘Wise men’.

The ‘Wise men’ are selected based on personal assessment of their worth and depth of knowledge and experience in Nigerian football. They represent different generations of the game from 1960 to date, and come from varied backgrounds but all related to football.

These are their personal choices, for entertainment purposes only.

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Vincent Enyeama

Godwin Dudu-Orumen – Lawyer, administrator, analyst

Formation: 4-3-3

1. Inua Lawal Rigogo, (GK)
2. Tony Igwe, (RB)
3. Sylvester Egborge, (LB)
4. Sani Mohammed (DMF)
5. Christian Chukwu, (CD)
6. Dominic Ezeani, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Sam Garba, (CMF) Capt.
9. Thompson Usiyan, (CF)
10. Haruna Ilerika, (AM)
11. Kunle Awesu, (OL).
Subs:
12. Peter Fregene, (GK)
13. Patrick Ekeji, (D)
14. Stephen Keshi, (D)
15. Austin Okocha, (MF)
16. Rashidi Yekini, (CF)
Coach: Alabi Aissien

Paul Okoku – ex-international football player, Scholar

Formation: 4-3-3.

. 1. Vincent Enyeama, (GK)
2. Sylvanus Okpala, (RB)
3. Isa Shofoluwe, (LB)
4. Muda Lawal, (DMF)
5. Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
6. Godwin Odiye, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Aloysius Atuegbu, (CMF)
9. Thompson Usiyan, (CF)
10. Nwankwo Kanu, (AMF)
11. Adokiye Amiesimaka, (OL)
Subs:
12. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
13. Sunday Oliseh, (D)
14. Rashidi Yekini, (F)
15. Henry Nwosu, (OL)
16. Stephen Keshi, (M)
Coach: Adegboye Onigbinde

Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed – DG NTA, Journalist

Formation: 4-4-2

1. Inua Lawal Rigogo, (GK)
2. Tony Igwe, (RB)
3. Yisa Sofoluwe, (LB)
4. Muda Lawal, (DMF)
5. Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
6. Sunday Oliseh, (CMF)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Samuel Garba Okoye, (MF)
9. Teslim Balogun, (CF)
10. Peter Anieke, (MF)
11. Rashidi Yekini, (OL)
Subs:
12. Vincent Enyeamah, (GK)
13. Benedict Iroha, (D)
14. Sam Opone, (D)
15. Adokiye Amiesimaka, (F)
16. Haruna Ilerika, (F)
Coach: Abdulganiyu Salami, former assistant national coach, junior national coach

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Segun Adenuga – veteran Sports Journalist, Standard, Daily Times, Punch, Herald, Democrat

Formation: 4-4-2

1. Inua Lawal Rigogo, (GK)
2. Anthony Igwe, (RB)
3. Augustine Ofokwu, (LB)
4. Mudashiru Lawal, (DMF)
5. Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
6. Emmanuel Onyeador, (CD)
7. Daniel Okwudili, (OR)
8. Albert Onyeanwuna, (IR) Capt.
9. Haruna Ilerika, (CMF)
10. Elkannah Onyali, (CF)
11. Dejo Fayemi, (OL)
Subs:
12. Emmanuel Omiunu, (GK)
13. Godwin Achebe, (D)
14. Segun Odegbami, (F)
15. Patrick Noquapor, (OL)
16. Sam Garba, (M)
Coach: Dan Anyiam

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Rashidi Yekini

John Kalu – Club football coordinator

Formation: 4-4-2

1. Vincent Enyeama, (GK)
2. Sylvanus Okpala, (RB)
3. Yisa Sofoluwe, (LB)
4. Mudashiru Lawal, (DMF)
5. Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt
6. Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Aloysius Atuegbu, (CM)
9. Rashidi Yekini, (CF)
10. Austin Okocha, (AMF)
11. Adokiye Amiesimaka, (OL)
Subs:
12. Peter Fregene, (GK)
13. Thompson Usiyen, (F)
14. Stephen Keshi, (D)
15. Teslim Thunder Balogun, (F)
16. Kanu Nwankwo, (M)
Coach: Kadiri Ikhana

Engr. Bola Ayorinde – retired FIFA-graded Referee

Formation: 4-2-4

1. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
2. Anthony Igwe, (RB)
3. Okey Isima, (LB)
4. Mudashiru Lawal, (DMF) Capt.
5. Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
6. Godwin Odiye, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Mutiu Adepoju, (CMF)
9. Teslim Balogun, (CF)
10. Haruna Ilerika, (CF)
11. Adokiye Amiesimaka, (OL)
Subs:
12. Vincent Enyeamah (GK)
13. Yisa Shofoluwe (D)
14. Henry Nwosu (MF)
15. Christian Chukwu (D)
16. Rashidi Yekini (F)
Coach: Alabi Aissien.

Obong Dele Adetiba – Broadcaster/PR & Advertising Guru

Formation: 4-2-4

1. Inua Lawal Rigogo (GK)
2. Anthony Igwe, (RB)
3. Fabian Duru, (LB)
4. Muda Lawal, (DMF) Capt.
5. Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
6. Stephen Keshi, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Jay Jay Okocha, (CMF)
9. Paul Hamilton, (CF)
10. Nwankwo Kanu, (CF)
11. Dejo Fayemi, (OL)
Subs:
12. Peter Fregene (GK)
13. Pat Ekeji, (D)
14. Alloysius Atuegbu, (MF)
15. Finidi George, (F)
16. Adokiye Amiesimaka, (F)
Coach: Dan Anyiam

Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, – President-General, Nigeria Football Supporters Club

Formation: 4-2-4

1. Peter Rufai (GK)
2. Anthony Igwe, (RB)
3. Ben Iroha, (LB)
4. Muda Lawal, (DMF)
5. Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
6. Stephen Keshi, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Daniel Amokachi (CMF)
9. Rashidi Yekini (CF)
10. Jay Jay Okocha (CF)
11. Felix Owolabi (OL)
Subs:
12. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
13. Finidi George, (F)
14. Emmanuel Amuneke, (F)
15. Kanu Nwankwo, (MF)
16. Henry Nwosu, (MF)
Coach: Amodu Shuaibu

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Adokiye Amiesimaka

Ade Ojeikhere – Journalist, columnist

Formation: 4-3-3

(1980 Africa Cup of Nations Final Squad)

1. Best Ogedegbe (GK)
2. David Adiele (RB)
3. Okey Isima, (LFB)
4. Kadiri Ikhana, (DMF)
5. Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
6. Tunde Bamidele, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Aloysius Atuegbu (CF)
9. Muda Lawal, (CF)
10. Felix Owolabi, (MF)
11. Adokiye Amiesimaka (LW)
Subs:
12. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
13. Godwin Odiye, (D)
14. Henry Nwosu, (MF)
15. Ifeanyi Onyedika, (F)
16. John Orlando, (D)
Coach: Alabi Aissien

Alabi Aissien – Coach / ex-international player

Formation:

1. Victor Enyeamah, (GK)
2. Patrick Ekeji, (RB)
3. Okey Isima, (LFB)
4. Muda Lawal, (DMF)
5. Victor Oduah, (CD) Capt.
6. Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Odion Ighalo, (CF)
9. Rashidi Yekini, (CF)
10. Jay Jay Okocha, (MF)
11. Humphrey Edobor, (LW)
Subs:
12. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
13. Stephen Keshi, (DF)
14. Thompson Usiyen, (F)
15. Nwankwo Kanu, (F)
16. Haruna Ilerika, (M)
Coach: Dan Anyiam

Patrick Ekeji – ex-international, coach and administrator

Formation: 4-2-4

1. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
2. Patrick Ekeji, (RB)
3. Fabian Duru, (LB)
4. Muda Lawal, (DMF)
5. Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
6. Godwin Odiye, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Ben Popoola, (CMF)
9. Thompson Usiyen, (CF),
10. Kunle Awesu, (OL)
11. Adokiye Amiesimaka, (AMF)
Subs:
12. Olu Onagoruwa, (GK)
13. Segun Olumodeji, (D)
14. Patrick Noquapor, (M)
15. Emmanuel Onyeanwuna, (F)
16. Alloy Atuegbu, (M)
Coach: Alabi Aissien

Adeola Adelanwa Tori – ex-academicals footballer, businessman

Formation: 4-4-2

1. Vincent Enyeamah, (GK)
2. Anthony Igwe, (RB)
3. Celestine Babayaro, (LB)
4. Muda Lawal, (MF)
5. Uche Okechukwu, (CB) Capt.
6. Chidi Nwanu, (CB)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OL)
8. Sunday Oliseh, (MF)
9. Finidi George, (OR)
10. Rashidi Yekini, (CF)
11. Thompson Usiyen, (CF)
Subs:
12. Peter Rufai, (GK)
13. Joseph Yobo, (D)
14. Mikel Obi, (MF)
15. Nwankwo Kanu, (F)
16. Jay Jay Okocha, (MF)
Coach: Stephen Keshi

Segun Odegbami

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 9
  • greenturf 3 months ago

    In my opinion the best super eagles are one’s who were able to qualify for the world cup which created a platform to hone their skills and thrived to beat the best in world’s football also this elevation made the super eagles a brand known and revered in global sports.
    I know the squads before them tried but weren’t good enough to defeat the dreaded north Africans and Cameroon.Always coming second best so for that reason i shall go for the eagles during Westerhof’s reign till date as the best because they conquered Africa to qualify for six world cup tournament out of a possible seven,that is an unbelievable achievement compared to nil for the eagles before them.
    I have seen clips of Segun Odegbami on Youtube i think he is phenomenal.I have heard of Muda Lawal i celebrate them as heroes but i will never pick them for my best 11 because they never took us to the world cup just my take though.

     
  • greenturf 3 months ago

    My best super eagles 11 and reserves.

    Formation:4-4-2

    gk. Vincent Enyeama

    rb.Ola Aina

    lb.Celestine Babayaro

    cd.Uche Okechukwu

    sd.Taribo West

    md.Sunday Oliseh

    md.John Obi Mikel

    md.Austin Okocha

    md.Finidi George

    at.Nwankwo Kanu

    at.Rashidi Yekini

    RESERVES

    Peter Rufai

    Ben Iroha

    Joseph Yobo

    Wilfred Ndidi

    Daniel Amokachi

    Samson Siasia

    Emmanuel Amunike

     
  • Chima E Samuels 3 months ago

    Formation:4-2-4 with the talents at my disposal.
    1. Vincent, (GK)
    2. Anthony Igwe, (RB)
    3. Celestine B, (LB)
    4. Christian Chukwu, (CD)
    5. Stephen Keshi, (CD) Capt
    6. Sunday Oliseh (DM)
    7. Mikel Obi (CM)
    8. Segun Odegbami(RM)
    9. Okocha (LM)
    10. Amuneke (SS)
    11. Rashidi Yekini (CF)
    Subs:
    12. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
    13. Uche Okechukwu, (D)
    14. Finidi George, (M/F)
    15. Kanu Nwankwo, (SS)
    16. Julius Aghahowa, (ST)
    Coach: Samson Siasia/Stephen Keshi

    This team should win a world cup.

     
    • Okocha LM, Amuneke SS and Mikel CM. Waoh! So you will play Mikel as CM and push Okocha to LM. Then you will use Amuneke a natural left footer as a supporting striker. Again, of all the strikers super eagles had ever produced, Aghahowa comes after Yekini in your ranking. Good job my friend. You are a genius.

       
  • All these indomie generation sef. Football did not start in Nigeria in 1994 please. For all the experts above, I think the supporters club president should take precedence. He is the one that saw these players at close quarters. My two Kobo