Nigeria national under-23 football team

Nigeria Olympic football team represents Nigeria in international football competitions in Olympic Games. The selection is limited to male players under the age of 23, except during the Olympic Games where the use of three overage players is allowed. The team is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. In four participations at the Olympic games, the team won gold in 1996, silver in 2008 and bronze in 2016.

Nickname(s)Dream Team VII or Olympic Eagles
AssociationNigeria Football Federation, Nigeria Olympic Committee
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachImama Amapakabo
CaptainAzubuike Okechukwu
Top scorerJunior Ajayi (10)
Home stadiumStephen Keshi Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1968)
Best resultGold: (1996)
Afcon U-23
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultChampions: (2015)
African Games
Appearances4 (first in 1973)
Best resultSilver: (2003)

Competitive record

Olympic Games record

Olympic Games
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Until 1988 See Nigeria national football team
1992Did not qualify
1996Gold Medal1st6501126
2004Did not qualify
2008Silver Medal2nd6411104
2012Did not qualify
2016Bronze Medal3rd64021110
2020Did not qualify
TotalGold Medal4/72214354130

African Games record

African Games
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991Bronze Medal3rd5401143
1995Bronze Medal3rd521253
1999Did not qualify
2003Silver Medal2nd5401102
2007Did not qualify
2015Bronze Medal3rd412144
2019 See Nigeria national under-20 football team
TotalGold Medal4/719113533'12

U-23 Africa Cup of Nations record

U-23 Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
2011Group stage6th310254
2019Group stage6th311132

Team honours and achievements





Squad for the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations [3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Abubakar Adamu (1997-06-09)9 June 1997 (aged 22) Wikki Tourists
1GK Mohammed Galadima Nasarawa United
1GK Kingdom Osayi Giant Brillers

2DF Olisa Ndah (1998-01-21)21 January 1998 (aged 21) Remo Stars
2DF Samuel Atavti Espérance Tunis
2DF Valentine Ozornwafor (1999-06-01)1 June 1999 (aged 20) UD Almería
2DF Seth Sincere (1998-04-28)28 April 1998 (aged 21) Boluspor
2DF Josiah Chukwudi (1999-07-14)14 July 1999 (aged 20) Spartak Trnava
2DF Izuchuckwu Anthony (1997-11-03)3 November 1997 (aged 22) Nest-Sotra
2DF Godfrey Stephen (2000-08-22)22 August 2000 (aged 19) Isloch Minsk

3MF Sunusi Ibrahim (2002-10-01)1 October 2002 (aged 17) Nasarawa United
3MF Aliyu Yau Adam (2000-05-07)7 May 2000 (aged 19) Spartaks Jūrmala
3MF Olabiran Muyiwa (1998-09-07)7 September 1998 (aged 21) Tambov
3MF Kelechi Nwakali (1998-06-05)5 June 1998 (aged 21) SD Huesca
3MF Ndifreke Udo (1998-08-15)15 August 1998 (aged 21) Akwa United
3MF Sunday Faleye (1998-11-29)29 November 1998 (aged 20) Wacker Innsbruck
3MF Tom Dele-Bashiru (1999-09-17)17 September 1999 (aged 20) Watford
3MF Azubuike Okechukwu (1997-04-19)19 April 1997 (aged 22) İstanbul Başakşehir

4FW Orji Okwonkwo (1998-01-19)19 January 1998 (aged 21) Montreal Impact
4FW Taiwo Awoniyi (1997-08-12)12 August 1997 (aged 22) Mainz
4FW Bright Enobakhare (1998-02-08)8 February 1998 (aged 21) Wigan Athletic F.C.

Recent Results



  1. "Niger International Tournament 2002". 21 December 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. "TIFOCO Tournament 2003". 27 March 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. "Amapakabo picks Nwakali, Awoniyi, 19 others for title defence". NFF. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
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