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Nigeria's 50 greatest players

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Nigeria Legend Nwankwo Kanu emerged tops in our six months quest to find Nigeria’s 50 greatest players on SuperSport.com.

The vote for Nigeria’s fifty greatest players of all time was always going to be an interesting exercise and a hugely daunting task especially as the online generation is mostly handicapped by the absence of enduring footage of players from the years and decades gone by.

The international acclaim of great nigerian Teams from the USA 94 and France 98 Fifa World cup and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics proved quite strong in the voting as did their exploits in Europe.

We did however get a great perspective on their preferences and to a great extent oral tradition played a huge pat in some of the selections of the legends of folklore.

There were however so many great players who didn’t make the cut but again, it shows the quality of players that Nigeria has produced.

We have over the past few months produced articles, profiles and stories of greatness to remind people of some of these Legends.

We now present you with the top 50 from our quest which ran from October 1 2010 when Nigeria clocked 50 years as an independent country to March 31 2010 when we closed voting.

Tell us who you think deserves to be there and why,in the end perhaps Kanu's string of International honours earned him top place ahead of the incomparable Austin "Jay-Jay" Okocha :

1. Nwankwo Kanu

2. Austin Okocha

3. Sunday Oliseh

4. Rashidi Yekini

5. Segun Odegbami

6. Stephen Keshi

7. Emmanuel Amuneke

8. Finidi George

9. Christian Chukwu

10. Muda lawal

11. Peter Rufai

12. Daniel Amokachi

13. Taribo West

14. Uche Okechukwu

15. Teslim “Thunder”Balogun

16. Victor Ikpeba

17. Samson Siasia

18. Adokiye Amiesimaka

19Vincent Enyeama

20. Celestine Babayaro

21. Thomson Usiyan

22. Taiye ‘Taiwo

23. Henry Nwosu

24. Emmanuel Okala

25. Felix Owolabi

26. Haruna Ilerika

27. Joseph Yobo

28. Aloysius Atuegbu

29. Richard Owubokiri

30. Elkanah Onyeali

31. Patrick Ekeji

32. Best Ogedengbe

33. Bright Omokaro

34. Peter Anieke

35. Yisa Shofoluwe

36. Ben Iroha

37. Julius Aghahowa

38. Osaze Odemwingie

39. Albert Onyeawuna

40. Augustine Eguavoen

41. Yisa Shofoluwe

42. Obafemi Martins

43. Yakubu Aiyegbeni

44. Tijani Babangida

45. Tony Igwe

46. John Obi Mikel

47. Sam Garba Okoye

48. Friday Okoh

49. Etim Esin

50. Dan Anyiam


kanu Nwankwo being no1 is well deserved being African most decorated player..

I think Osazee being 38 is underestimated cos that guy is better than that...
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