Many Super Eagles records have stood the test of time. Many of them have lasted for years. Some are on the verge of being broken while the possibility of breaking some others seems a far cry. One of such is Rashidi Yekini’s goals record. The closest to Yekini’s 37 goals in the present team is Ahmed Musa’s 15. However, some of the appearance records may be giving way soon.
Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama Appearance Record
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has made 93 appearances for the Super Eagles. He is just nine appearances away from breaking the appearance record jointly held by former captains – Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama that stands at 101 appearances. Seven more appearances and Musa will become only the third centurion in the history of the Super Eagles.
Musa made his debut at the age of 17 in 2010, in a qualification match for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations against Madagascar, where he came on as a substitute for John Obi Mikel in a 2–0 win. He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in a March 2011 friendly against Kenya.
It is looking certain Musa will break the record. Even though he is without a club presently, he is expected to play in the qualifiers and most likely at the next Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup, if the team qualifies. He presently holds the record of the highest scoring Nigeria international at the FIFA World Cup with four goals.
Peter Rufai Oldest Nigerian International Record
Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has not really been popular with Nigerian football fans but he is on the verge of setting a record. He could break the record of the oldest man to play for the Super Eagles. The record is currently held by legendary goalkeeper Peter Rufai, who was 34 years and 308 days when Denmark pummeled him with four goals in his Super Eagles swansong at France 98. Akpeyi is presently 34 years and 87 days old. If he plays well into next year past his 35th birthday, he will break the record.
The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper got his first full cap in 2015 against South Africa. He saved a penalty and was lauded for his strong showing in a Man of the Match performance. Breaking the record will be huge for a player that has had a topsy-turvy time in the Super Eagles.
Yekini’s Oldest Outfield Player Record
At 32 years and 123 days old, Leon Balogun can set his sight on the oldest outfield player to play for the Super Eagles. The record is presently held by the legendary Yekini, who was 34 years and 248 days old when he made his last appearance for the Super Eagles against Denmark at France 98.
Balogun made his Super Eagles bow against Mexico in a friendly in 2014 at the age of 26. He became a mainstay in the team when Gernot Rohr took over in 2016. After some signs of a drop in form, Balogun showed in the last two friendlies that he still has lots to offer the team. He was unarguably the best central defender over the two matches.
If he manages to play for the Super Eagles for like three more years, he will break the record.
It is hoped that the Nigeria Football Federation are taking note and will duly honor these footballers if and when they achieve the feats.