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The ‘Dream Eagles’ Since 1960 By Segun Odegbami

It is not an easy task to compile a list of 16 players that make up an assembly of the greatest team in 60 years of football in Nigeria, called ‘Dream Eagles’.

At best, it is an academic exercise. More so, when those to select the players are only 12 out of a population of 200 million football-crazy Nigerians.

But that’s what this game is – a personal selection of a squad of players with a captain from amongst them and a coach, by ‘Wise men’.

 The ‘Wise men’ are selected based on personal assessment of their worth and depth of knowledge and experience in Nigerian football. They represent different generations of the game from 1960 to date, and come from varied backgrounds but all related to football.

 These are their personal choices, for entertainment purposes only.

1.     Godwin Dudu-Orumen – Lawyer, administrator, analyst.

Formation: 4-3-3 

  1.      Inua Lawal Rigogo, (GK)
  2.      Tony Igwe, (RB)
  3.      Sylvester Egborge, (LB)
  4.      Sani Mohammed (DMF)
  5.      Christian Chukwu, (CD)
  6.      Dominic Ezeani, (CD)
  7.      Segun Odegbami, (OR)
  8.      Sam Garba, (CMF) (Captain)
  9.      Thompson Usiyan, (CF)
  10.      Haruna Ilerika, (AM)
  11.      Kunle Awesu, (OL).

Subs: 

  1.      Peter Fregene, (GK)
  2.      Patrick Ekeji, (D)
  3.      Stephen Keshi, (D)
  4.      Austin Okocha, (MF)
  5.      Rashidi Yekini, (CF)

Coach: Alabi Aissien

 

  1. 2.     Paul Okoku – ex-international football player, ScholarFormation: 4-3-3. 
  2. . Vincent Enyeama, (GK)
  3.   Sylvanus Okpala, (RB)
  4.   Isa Shofoluwe, (LB)
  5.   Muda Lawal, (DMF)
  6.   Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
  7.   Godwin Odiye, (CD)
  8.   Segun Odegbami, (OR)
  9.   Aloysius Atuegbu, (CMF)
  10.   Thompson Usiyan, (CF)
  11.    Nwankwo Kanu, (AMF)
  12.   Adokiye Amiesimaka, (OL)

Subs.

  1.  Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
  2.  Sunday Oliseh, (MF)
  3.  Rashidi Yekini, (CF)
  4.  Henry Nwosu, (MF)
  5.  Stephen Keshi, (D)

Coach: Adegboye Onigbinde 

 

3.     Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed – DG NTA, Journalist

Formation: 4-4-2

  1.   Inua Lawal Rigogo, (GK)
  2.   Tony Igwe, (RB)
  3.   Yisa Sofoluwe, (LB)
  4.  Muda Lawal, (DMF)
  5.  Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
  6.  Sunday Oliseh, (CMF)
  7.  Segun Odegbami, (OR)
  8.  Samuel Garba Okoye, (MF)
  9.  Teslim Balogun, (CF)
  10.  Peter Anieke, (MF)
  11.  Rashidi Yekini, (CF)

Subs.

  1.  Vincent Enyeamah, (GK)
  2.  Benedict Iroha, (D)
  3.  Sam Opone, (D)
  4.  Adokie Amiesimaka, (F)
  5.  Haruna Ilerika, (MF)

Coach: Abdulganiyu Salami, former assistant national coach, junior national coach

 

4.     Segun Adenuga – veteran Sports Journalist, Standard, Daily Times, Punch, Herald, Democrat

Formation: 4-4-2

  1.      Inua Lawal Rigogo, (GK)
  2.      Anthony Igwe, (RB)
  3.      Augustine Ofokwu, (LB)
  4.       Muda Lawal, (DMF)
  5.      Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
  6.      Emmanuel Onyeador, (CD)
  7.      Daniel Okwudili, (OR)
  8.     Albert Onyeawuna, (IR) Capt.
  9.      Haruna Ilerika, (CMF)
  10.     Elkannah Onyali, (IL)
  11.     Dejo Fayemi, (OL)

Subs. 

  1.  Emmanuel Omiunu, (GK)
  2.  Godwin Achebe, (D)
  3.  Segun Odegbami, (F)
  4.  Patrick Noquapor, (OL)
  5.  Sam Garba, (M)

Coach: Dan Anyiam 

  1. 5.     John Kalu – Club football coordinator 

    Formation: 4-4-2 
  2. Vincent Enyeama, (GK)
  3.  Sylvanus Okpala, (RB)
  4.  Yisa Sofoluwe, (LB)
  5.  Muda Lawal, (DMF)
  6.  Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt
  7.  Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
  8.  Segun Odegbami, (OR)
  9.  Aloysius Atuegbu, (CM)
  10.  Rasheed Yekini, (CF)
  11.  Austin Okocha, (AMF
  12. Adokie Amasiemeka, (OL)

Subs

12. Peter Fregene, (GK)
13.  Thompson Usiyen, (F)
14.  Stephen Keshi, (D)
15. Teslim Thunder Balogun, (F)
16.  Kanu Nwankwo, (M)

Coach:  Kadiri Ikhana

6.     Engr. Bola Ayorinde – retired FIFA-graded Referee. 

Formation4-2-4

  1.  Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
  2.  Anthony Igwe, (RB)
  3.  Okey Isima, (LB)
  4.  Mudashiru Lawal, (DMF)
  5.  Segun Olumodeji, (CD) Capt
  6.  Godwin Odiye, (CD)
  7.  Segun Odegbami, (OR)
  8.  Mutiu Adepoju, (CMF)
  9.  Teslim Balogun, (CF)
  10. Haruna Ilerika, (CF)
  11. Adokie Amesiamaka, (OL)

Subs.
12.  Vincent Enyeamah (GK)
13.  Yisa Shofoluwe (D)
14.  Henry Nwosu (MF)
15.  Christian Chukwu (D)
16.  Rashidi Yekini (F)

Coach: Alabi Aissien.

7.     Obong Dele Adetiba – Broadcaster/PR & Advertising Guru

 

Formation: 4-2-41. Inua Lawal Rigogo (GK)
2. Anthony Igwe, (RB)
3. Fabian Duru, (LB)
4. Muda Lawal, (DMF) Capt.
5. Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
6. Stephen Keshi, (CD)
7. Segun Odegbami, (OR)
8. Jay Jay Okocha, (CMF)
9. Paul Hamilton, (CF)
10. Nwankwo Kanu, (CF)
11. Dejo Fayemi, (OL)

Subs. 

  1. 12. Peter Fregene (GK)
    13. Pat Ekeji, (D)
    14. Alloysius Atuegbu, (MF)
    15. Finidi George, (F)
    16. Adokie Amiesimaka, (F)

Coach: Dan Anyiam


8. Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, – President-General, Nigeria Football Supporters Club.

Formation: 4-2-4

  1.      Peter Rufai, (GK)
  2.      Anthony Igwe, (RB)
  3.      Ben Iroha, (LB)
  4.      Muda Lawal, (DMF)
  5.      Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
  6.      Stephen Keshi, (CD)
  7.      Segun Odegbami, (OR)
  8.      Daniel Amokachi, (IF)
  9.      Rashidi Yekini (CF)
  10.    Jay Jay Okocha (AMF)
  11.     Felix Owolabi (OL)

Subs. 
12.  Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
13.  Finidi George, (F)
14.  Emmanuel Amuneke, (F)
15.  Kanu Nwankwo, (MF)
16.  Henry Nwosu, (MF)

Coach: Amodu Shuaibu

 

9.  Ade Ojeikhere – Journalistcolumnist

Formation:  4-3-3

 

(1980 Africa Cup of Nations Final Squad)

  1. Best Ogedegbe, (GK)
  2.  David Adiele, (RB)
  3. Okey Isima, (LB)
  4.  Kadiri Ikhana, (DMF)
  5.  Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt
  6.  Tunde Bamidele, (CD)
  7.  Segun Odegbami, (OR)
  8.  Aloysius Atuegbu, (CMF)
  9.  Muda Lawal, (CF)
  10.  Felix Owolabi, (AMF)
  11.  Adokie Amiesimaka, (OL)

Subs
12.  Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
13.  Godwin Odiye, (D)
14.  Henry Nwosu, (MF)
15.  Ifeanyi Onyedika, (F)
16. John Orlando, (D)

Coach: Alabi Aissien

10.  Alabi Aissien – Coach / ex-international player

 

Formation:

  1. 1.  Victor Enyeamah, (GK)
    2.  Patrick Ekeji, (RB)
    3.  Okey Isima, (LFB)
    4.  Muda Lawal, (DMF)
    5.  Victor Oduah, (CD) Capt.
    6.  Segun Olumodeji, (CD)
    7.  Segun Odegbami, (OR)
    8.  Odion Ighalo, (CF)
    9.  Rashidi Yekini, (CF)
    10. Jay Jay Okocha, (MF)
    11. Humphrey Edobor, (LW)

Subs.
12. Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
13. Stephen Keshi, (DF)
14. Thompson Usiyen, (F)
15. Nwankwo Kanu, (F)
16. Haruna Ilerika, (M)

Coach: Dan Anyiam

 

 11. Patrick Ekeji – ex-international, coach and administrator 

Formation: 4-2-4

  1. 1.  Emmanuel Okala, (GK)
    2.  Patrick Ekeji, (RB)
    3.  Fabian Duru, (LB)
    4.  Muda Lawal, (DMF)
    5.  Christian Chukwu, (CD) Capt.
    6.  Godwin Odiye, (CD)
    7.  Segun Odegbami, (OR)
    8.  Ben Popoola, (CMF)
    9.  Thompson Usiyen, (CF),
    10.  Kunle Awesu, (OL)
    11.  Adokiye Amiesimaka, (AMF)

Subs.

12.  Olu Onagoruwa, (GK)
13.  Segun Olumodeji, (D)
14.  Patrick Noquapor, (M)
15.  Emmanuel Onyeawuna, (F)
16.  Alloy Atuegbu, (M)

Coach: Alabi Aissien


  1. 12. Adeola Adelanwa Tori – ex-academicals footballer, businessman

    Formation 4-4-2

    1.  Vincent Enyeamah, (GK)
  2. 2.  Anthony Igwe, (RB)
    3.  Celestine Babayaro, (LB)
    4.  Muda Lawal, (MF)
    5.  Uche Okechukwu, (CB) Capt.
    6.  Chidi Nwanu, (CB)
    7. Segun Odegbami, (OL)
    8. Sunday Oliseh, (MF)
    9. Finidi George, (OR)
    10. Rashidi Yekini, (CF)
    11. Thompson Usiyen, (CF)

Subs.
12. Peter Rufai, (GK)
13. Joseph Yobo, (D)
14. Mikel Obi, (MF)
15. Nwankwo Kanu, (F)
16. Jay Jay Okocha, (MF)

Coach: Stephen Keshi

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