Since their first official match in 1949, the Nigerian football team has played hundreds of other games. Some have ended in wins, others in draws, and of course there have been defeats as well. Besides being a soccer nation, Nigeria is also one of the leading nations in soccer betting, with top betting platforms while using valuable codes like the bet9ja promotion allowing fans in the country to follow and bet on their favourite game.
Here are Nigeria’s biggest football victories, including the games in which the Super Eagles scored the most goals.
1. Nigeria 7 – 1 Burkina Faso
In 1991, Nigeria faced Burkina Faso in the AFCON Group stage. Nigeria won it by a 7-1 scoreline, the largest margin of victory in Super Eagles history. The match took place in Surulere, Lagos.
Rashidi Yekini was the star of the day, scoring four goals. Nigeria was on a winning streak over Burkina Faso at the time, having played the country five times and winning each occasion. Mbemba Toure scored the consolation goal for the Burkinabes.
Nigeria’s remaining three goals were scored by Samson Siasia, Finidi George, and Friday Elahor, in that order. Nigeria drew 1–1 with Burkina Faso earlier in the group stage, with goals from Ekpo and Outtara.
2. Nigeria 6 – 1 Tahiti
Nigeria defeated Tahiti in the Confederations Cup in 2013, and it was the Super Eagles’ most recent major victory. Nigeria thrashed the Tahiti football team, scoring six goals and conceding only one.
It was Nigeria’s first match in the competition’s group stage, meaning the Super Eagles temporarily topped the group. Two Tahiti players – Tehau and Vallar – helped Nigeria with their own goals. Oduamadi also scored a hat trick, with Elderson scoring the other goal.
Tahiti went on to lose 0-10 and 0-8 to Spain and Uruguay, meaning their only goal of the tournament came against Nigeria.
3. Nigeria 6 – 1 Liberia
The third-largest win on this list 6 – 1 came in 2012, just a year before the Tahiti mauling. This just shows just how well-oiled the Super Eagles were in the early 2010s.
This was in an AFCON qualification match versus Liberia, a competition that the Super Eagles would go on to win, qualifying them for the Confederations Cup.
Nigeria was held 2–2 by Liberia in the first leg, meaning they had to win this one to advance.
Victor Moses scored twice, with John Obi Mikel, Efe Ambrose, Ahmed Musa, and Ikechumwu Uche adding a goal each. Liberia’s consolation goal came after Nigeria’s fifth goal, and it was scored by Patty Wleh.
4. Nigeria 6 – 0 Ethiopia
In the 1993 AFCON qualifiers, the Super Eagles thrashed Ethiopia 6 goals to nil, in one of the biggest victories for the Nigerian national team.
Rashidi Yekini caused all sorts of trouble for the lowly Ethiopians scoring three goals. He scored in the 33rd, 44th, and 64th minutes after Inenga opened the scoring in the 29th minute. Nduka Ugbade scored the fourth goal in the 50th minute.
Notably, Nigerian goalie Peter Rufai got involved in the action, scoring the Super Eagles’ last goal in the 90th minute from the spot.
5. Nigeria 5 – 1 Zimbabwe
Another huge triumph came in a FIFA World Cup qualifier, this time against Zimbabwe in 2005.
Nigeria’s tenacious offensive force of Peter Odemwingie, Stephen Makinwa, and Obafemi Martins ran over Zimbabwe’s defense. There was nothing the opposition could offer, faced with the likes of Obinna Nwaneri, Joseph Yobo, Ayila Yussuf, Taye Taiwo, and Chidi Odiah in the Super Eagle’s defense.
Martins scored two of Nigeria’s goals, with Odemwingie, Yussuf, and substitute Nwankwo Kanu adding the rest.