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From Rashidi Yekini to Victor Osimhen, you will see Super Eagles’ top goalscorers all listed in this article.
All the strikers who donned the Nigeria jersey tried no doubt but their goals are not enough to feature them on NaijNaira’s list of Super Eagles highest goal scorers of all time.
Who is the Super Eagles HIGHEST goal scorer?
Yekini still remains unbeaten as the highest goal scorer for the Nigeria senior national team with 37 goals since 1998 when he hung his boot. He beat Segun Odegbami who previously held the position with 22 goals.
Osimhen currently has 15 goals, which means he will need Odegbami’s 22 more goals to meet Yekini’s.
Being just 23 years old, who knows, Osimhen may be able to tally Yekini’s goal record before the Napoli man retires.
Let’s now go back to see who Nigeria’s all-time scorer is n the history of the national team.
Super Eagles All-Time Top Goalscorers
10. Daniel Amokachi (13 Goals) 1990-1999
Daniel was part of the Nigerian squad that featured in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. He also won the AFCON in 1994 and an Olympic gold medal scoring in the gold medal game against Argentina in a 3-2 win.
The former Evertonian forward scored 13 goals in 44 caps for Nigeria.
9. Jay-Jay Okocha (14 Goals) 1993–2006
Okocha made his debut for Nigeria in their 2–1 away loss against Ivory Coast in a 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in May 1993. He scored his first goal for Nigeria through a free kick in a 4-1 win against Algeria to secure qualification to the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
He won the African Cup Of Nations with Nigeria in 1994. He made 73 appearances for Nigeria scoring 14 goals in the process.
9. Asuquo Ekpe (14 Goals) 1956–1966
Ekpe made his international debut for Nigeria in a match against Togo in October 1956. He scored 14 goals in 28 appearances for Nigeria and sadly passed away on 30 January 2016.
He scored Nigeria’s first goal in the African Cup Of Nations when he scored against the United Arab Republic in the 1963 AFCON tournament.
9. Julius Aghahowa (14 Goals) 2000–2007
Aghahowa played as a striker for the Nigeria national team (Super Eagles) making 32 appearances and scoring 14 goals. He scored Nigeria’s only goal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in a 2-1 loss against Sweden.
He played most of his club football in Shakhtar Donetsk where he spent 7 years in his first spell and 3 years in his second spell scoring 52 goals in 169 appearances for them in all competitions.
8. Victor Osimhen (15 Goals) 2017–present
Osimhen made his debut for Nigeria in a 2-0 loss to South Africa in 2017 and scored his first goal for Nigeria against Ukraine in a 2-2 draw in 2019. He has 15 goals in 22 appearances for Nigeria.
The former Lille player currently plays for Napoli in the Serie A and has 30 goals in 66 appearances for them in all competitions.
7. Odion Ighalo (16 Goals) 2015–present
Ighalo made his debut for Nigeria in a 1-0 loss to Uganda in a friendly in 2015 and scored his first goal for Nigeria in a 2-0 win over Chad in 2015.
The former Manchester United striker won the 2019 AFCON golden boot after scoring 5 goals in the tournament. He made 37 appearances for Nigeria scoring 16 goals in that period.
7. Ahmed Musa (16 Goals) 2010–present
Musa made his debut for Nigeria in 2010 in a 2-0 win over Madagascar in a 2012 AFCON qualification match. He scored his first goal for Nigeria in a 3-0 win against Kenya in a friendly in 2011.
Since his debut in 2010, Ahmed has scored 16 goals in 107 appearances for Nigeria as well as 2 of Nigeria’s 3 goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
6. Samson Siasia (17 Goals) 1984–1998
Samson won the 1994 AFCON and participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup with Nigeria. He scored 17 goals in 49 appearances for Nigeria.
He also coached Nigeria in 2010-2011 and in 2016.
5. Obafemi Martins (18 Goals) 2004–2015
Obafemi made his debut for Nigeria in 2004 in a Unity cup match against the Republic of Ireland scoring the second goal in a 3-0 win. He scored 18 goals in 42 appearances for Nigeria.
He was part of the Nigerian squad that took third place in the 2006 AFCON tournament.
4. Ikechukwu Uche (19 Goals) 2007–2014
Ikechukwu made his debut for Nigeria in 2007 and scored his first goal for Nigeria in a 2-0 win over Lesotho in a 2008 AFCON qualifier.
He was part of the Nigerian team who won the AFCON title in 2013. He scored 19 goals in 46 caps for Nigeria.
3. Yakubu Aiyegbeni (21 Goals) 2000–2012
Ayegbeni made his debut for Nigeria in a 4-0 win against Eritrea in a 2002 AFCON qualifier match in 2000.
He scored his first goal for Nigeria in an away win against Namibia in the same qualifying group. He has 21 goals in 58 caps for Nigeria.
2. Segun Odegbami (22 Goals) 1976–1981
Odegbami scored 22 goals in 47 caps for Nigeria. He won the AFCON tournament in 1980.
He also won the golden boot in the 1980 AFCON tournament.
1. Rashidi Yekini (37 Goals) 1983–1998
Yekini has 37 goals in 62 caps for Nigeria. He was an instrumental part of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia contributing 5 goals throughout the tournament and winning the golden boot as well as the best player of the tournament.
He scored Nigeria’s first-ever goal in the World Cup in 1994 when Nigeria faced Bulgaria in a 3-0 win.
Rashidi sadly passed away on 4 May 2012 after suffering from bipolar disorder, depression and some other undisclosed psychiatric condition.
This article was updated 3 months ago