Nigeria 2002 World Cup Squad – The Entire Team List

Nigeria 2002 World Cup Squad
Two different indigenous coaches – Amodu Shuaibu and Stephen Keshi – qualified Nigeria for the Japan/Korea 2002  World Cup. But who were the footballer who featured in the Nigeria 2002 World Cup squad?


Amodu and Keshi were brought in for a rescue mission after the NFF sacked Bonfrere Jo.

But after the 2002 Nations Cup in Mali where the Super Eagles lost to Senegal in the semifinal, the pair were sacked few months to the World Cup and Adegboye Onigbinde was engaged.

The politics that engulfed the team was so much that some players like Sunday Oliseh and Finidi George were dropped from the Nigeria 2002 World Cup squad.

To cut my long story short, that particular Super Eagles team failed woefully, losing two matches and drawing one against England who didn’t need to win to move on the to the next stage.

You know the saddest part, they scored just a goal in that competition!
Yes, that’s how bad it was.

The Nigeria 2002 World Cup squad in Japan/Korea were – and still are – incomparable to the squad at USA ’94 and France ’98 squad.

SEE ALSO |  Best All-Time Super Eagles of Nigeria XI

Nigeria squad in the 2002 World Cup

POSITION JERSEY NO. NAME CLUB DOB
GOALKEEPER
12 Austin Ejide Gabros International FC 1984-04-08
22 Vincent Enyeama Enyimba Aba 1982-08-29
1 Ike Shorunmu FC Luzern 1967-10-16
DEFENDER
13 Rabiu Afolabi Standard Liège 1980-04-18
3 Celestine Babayaro Chelsea FC 1978-08-29
19 Eric Ejiofor Maccabi Haifa 1979-12-17
5 Isaac Okoronkwo Shakhtar Donetsk 1978-05-01
16 Efe Sodje Crewe Alexandra 1972-10-05
14 Ifeanyi Udeze PAOK Saloniki 1980-07-21
6 Taribo West 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1974-03-26
MIDFIELDER
8 Mutiu Adepoju UD Salamanca 1970-12-22
15 Justice Christopher Royal Antwerp FC 1981-12-24
11 Garba Lawal Roda JC Kerkrade 1974-05-22
20 James Obiorah Lokomotiv Moskva 1978-08-24
10 Jay Jay Okocha Paris Saint-Germain 1973-08-14
2 Joseph Yobo Olympique Marseille 1980-09-06
FORWARD
17 Julius Aghahowa Shakhtar Donetsk 1982-02-12
18 Benedict Akwuegbu Shenyang Haishi 1974-11-03
Finidi George Ipswich Town 1971-04-15
7 Pius Ikedia AFC Ajax 1980-07-11
4 Nwankwo Kanu Arsenal FC 1976-08-01
9 Bartholomew Ogbeche Paris Saint-Germain 1984-10-01
23 Femi Opabunmi Shooting Stars FC 1985-03-03
21 John Utaka Al Sadd 1982-01-08
MANAGER
Adegboye Onigbinde 1938-03-05



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