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Nigeria Super Eagles have qualified for five World Cups and have won the Africa Cup of Nations thrice.
They reached the second round of the World Cup in 1994 and 1998, but failed to go past the first round in 2002 and 2010.
Nations Cup winners as hosts in 1980, the country had to endure a long wait of 14 years before picking up their second continental title at Tunisia 1994.
It was another 19 years before they will again be crowned champions of Africa in South Africa.
The Eagles have been runners-up a record four times - three of those close shaves being against perennial rivals Cameroon [1984, 1988 and 2000].
This talented team also boast of finishing in third place on seven occasions.
The country has earned a big reputation courtesy of the exploits of their teams at the various international age-group competitions as well as by the fact that it is today the biggest African exporter of soccer talent to Europe.
The Golden Age for the country’s football was in the 90s, when after winning the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, they made a big impression on their World Cup debut that same year by reaching the knockout stage, before they landed an historic Olympic gold in 1996.
These exploits were the direct result of managerial stability that built a talented and disciplined side.
The five-year stint of Dutchman Clemens Westerhof, between 1989 and 1994, marked a time when astute planning and continuity saw the Eagles flying high.
Westerhof took the pains to discover and forge a unit of talented and determined young players who will later go on to be only moments away from upsetting Italy at 1994 World Cup in the USA.
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