Most forwards would be happy with scoring just one goal in a game, but here are 7 big names Nigerians who found the back of the net at least three times in a single match, including the late Rashidi Yekini.
Three decades ago, while playing for the Super Eagles, Yekini struck four times against Burkina Faso. It was one of his most memorable performances for the Eagles.
Two years later, he was at it again, this time he bagged three goals against Ethiopia.
The exploits of Alloysius Atuegbu must not be forgotten. He netted four goals against Sierra Leone on 30th October 1976.
Nnamdi Oduamadi announced himself to the world with a hat trick for Nigeria in the massacre of Tahiti in 2013.
Former Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins also etched his name to the Golden Book with a treble against Algeria on 4th September, 2005.
Lagos fans haven’t forgotten the heroics of Victor Ikpeba who ran the show as the Super Eagles walloped Nambia 4-0 in 2000. He delivered three goals.
The nickname Kolanut Boy rings bell to Nigeria Professional Football League followers. He is Chisom Chikatara who notched three goals for the Super Eagles against Niger on 18th January 2016.
The latest man to shine is Odion Ighalo, who scored three goals for Nigeria in 2018. He was too hot for Libya in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualification game.
Below is the list.
Alloysius Atuegbu 30 Oct 1976 v Sierra Leone 4
Chisom Chikatara 18 Jan 2016 v Niger 3
Nnamdi Oduamadi 17 Jun 2013 v Tahiti 3
Obafemi Martins 04 Sep 2005 v Algeria 3
Odion Ighalo 13 Oct 2018 v Libya 3
Rashidi Yekini 27 Jul 1991 v Burkina Faso 4
Rashidi Yekini 24 Jul 1993 v Ethiopia 3
Victor Ikpeba 02 Sep 2000 v Namibia 3
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