Published on : / Through Fabrice Fouda
A continental economic powerhouse, Nigeria is a great football country. Both with clubs and with selections, the Nigerian Football Federation is surfing on a regular success which illustrates the quality of its work.
The Nigerian Football Federation, creation, affiliation and misunderstanding
Officially, the year chosen for the birth of the Nigerian Football Federation, Nigeria Football Federation in English, is 1945. The NFF then only succeeds the NFA, the National Football Association, born August 21, 1933 It will join FIFA in 1960 and CAF in 1959.
The Nigerian Football Federation and its many presidents
Born before the independence of Nigeria, the Nigerian Football Federation first knew English presidents. Pa Mulford, between 1945 and 1947, was the first of the 7 Britons who were to share the chair of the NFF boss.
Nigeria decolonized, the flag of the British Empire will logically be lowered. The first of the 29 Nigerian presidents of the Nigerian Football Federation is called Godfrey Amachree. He will hold this post between 1960 and 1961 and from 1967 to 1970. He is also the only president in the history of the NFF with Chuba Ikpeazu (1965-1967 / 1988-1989) and Efiom Okon (1989, ad interim / 1990-1991) to have known this privilege.
The Nigerian Football Federation and its competitions
The competitions organized by the Nigerian Football Federation are the Nigerian Championship, Cup and Super Cup. A trio that regularly sees five clubs competing for the top places. Kano Pillars, 4 times champion of Nigeria, Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Heartland FC) and Shooting Stars, 5 times, Enugu Rangers 7 times and the Elephants Enyimba 8 times.
Trained by the legend Finidi George, the Aba warriors play for the best team in the history of Nigerian football. In addition to having won the championship 8 times, Enyimba has 4 Nigerian Cups and 3 Super Cups, two Champions Leagues and two CAF Super Cups in its track record.
Enyimba is also the club of many Nigerian football stars. In this list we find especially Yusuf Mohamed, Obinna Nwaneri and especially the emblematic goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, African champion with Nigeria at CAN 2013.
Nigerian Football Federation and CAN
Nigeria at the CAN is 3 successes in 1980, 1994 and 2013. Fourth most successful nation on the continent, the selection of Green eagles could have been the second if it had not crossed Cameroon in 1984, 1988 and 2000. In front of them, the Indomitable Lions won their first three African Cups of Nations. Hence this fratricidal rivalry between two neighboring countries which do not give each other any gift on the ground.
Nigeria is also 11 times African champion in women, in 13 editions. The Falcons form with Equatorial Guinea the only winning duo of the women’s CAN.
The Nigerian Football Federation and the World Cup
Nigeria has participated in 6 World Cups: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2018. So three qualifiers for the eighth and three eliminations in the first round for the first selection of African Olympic champion. It was in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics in the United States.
The Nigerian Football Federation and its Golden Balls
The first Nigerian African Golden Ball is called Rashidi Yekini. Changed to the title of African Player of the Year, he will receive this award in 1993, at the same time inaugurating a period of Nigerian domination which will extend until 1999. In 7 editions, Nigeria will collect 4 trophies: Yekini ( 1993), Emmanuel Amunike (1994), Nwankwo Kanu (1996 and 1999) and Victor Ikpeba (1997).