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Arguably the 'nearly-men' of African football, Nigeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions, but have been runners up a further four times.
In fact, they have been semifinalists 12 times, and their two victories signify an extremely poor conversion rate from there.
They first appeared in the tournament in 1963, when they bowed out in the first round, before having to wait until 1976 for their next showing, this time reaching the last four.
There followed a prosperous time in the country's football as they claimed the title in 1980 and 1994, finishing runners-up on three more occasions in between.
They chose not to particpate in the 1996 event in South Africa for political reasons, and were subsequently suspended from the 1998 tournament too.
Since then they have finished as runners-up (2000), semifinalists (2002, 2004, 2006) and quarterfinalists (2008), a worrying backward trend for the Super Eagles.
Nations Cup Record:
1962: Did not qualify
1963: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1965: Did not enter
1968: Did not qualify
1970: Did not enter
1972: Did not qualify
1974: Did not qualify
1982: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1986: Did not qualify
1996: Qualified for the finals but withdrew
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73 38 18 17 104 73
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