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Against Ghana, Super Eagles aim at 185th World Cup qualifying goal and even more



Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring Nigeria’s 184th World Cup qualifying goal last November


No African side has scored more World Cup qualifying victories than Nigeria whose aggregate currently stand at 62 wins in 111 games -a win rate of 56.36 percent.

 Till the last weekend when they played goalless with the Black Stars, they have scored 184 goals in 111 World Cup qualifying matches.

The last goal, scored under a minute of kick-off was against Cape Verde last November in Lagos. It was similar to the under a minute goal scored by Tijanni Babangida in the 3-0 defeat of Ghana 21 years ago in Port  Harcourt.

Leon Balogun celebrates what is Nigeria’s 180th World Cup qualifying goal last October

It was in the same city that Nigeria became the first African team to hit a milestone of 100 goals when Victor Agali scored the second of Nigeria’s 3-0 defeat of Sudan on 27 January 2001.

Coincidentally, it was against Ghana that Nigeria first scored a World Cup qualifying goal when Dejo Fayemi scored in a 4-1 loss in Accra 62 years ago.

Ever since, there have been milestone goals, the last of which is the 180th scored by Leon Balogun in the 2-0 away win over Central African Republic last October.



1st Dejo FayemiGhana 4-1 Nigeria2-1August 28, 1960
10th Sam Garba OkoyeGhana 1-1 Nigeria0-1May 18, 1969
20th Yakubu MamboNigeria 2-1 Congo2-1August 2, 1969
30th Thompson UsiyenNigeria 4-0 Cote d’Ivoire1-0July 10, 1977
40th  Godwin UwelimoEgypt 1-3 Nigeria1-3October 21.1977
50th Humphery EdoborNigeria 3-0 Liberia2-0October 10, 1984
60th Wole OdegbamiNigeria 1-0 Gabon1-0January 7, 1989
70th Rashidi YekiniNigeria 4-0 South Africa4-0January  7, 1989
80th Rashidi YekiniNigeria 4-0 Cote d’Ivoire4-0September 25, 1993
90th Emmanuel AmunekeNigeria 3-0 Kenya2-0June 7, 1997
100th Victor AgaliNigeria 3-0 Sudan2-0January 27, 2001
110th Tijjani BabangidaNigeria 3-0 Ghana2-0July 29, 2001
120th Obafemi MartinsRwanda 1-1 Nigeria1-1June 5, 2005
130th Nwankwo KanuNigeria 5-1 Zimbabwe4-1October 8, 2005
140th Osaze OdemwingieNigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone3-1June 6, 2008
150th Obafemi MartinsKenya 2-3 Nigeria2-3October 14, 2009
160th Victor MosesNigeria 2-0 Ethiopia1-0November 16, 2013
170th Mikel ObiNigeria 4-0 Cameroon2-0September 1, 2017
180thLeon BalogunCAR   0-2 Nigeria1-0October 10, 2021
184th Victor OsimhenNigeria 1-1 Cape Verde1-0November 13, 2021

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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