Defenders are commanded to protect the goalkeeper, but sometimes in life, we get bonuses.
In the history of the Super Eagles, Uche Okechukwu is among the foremost figures when speaking about the goal-scoring Nigerian defenders, but he is not even among the top 2 of the highest of all time.
Who are, then? Read below to find out…
5. Elderson Echiejille 3 goals
The former Monaco left back was highly regarded for his genius-level intellect, passing precision, vision and defending, but it doesn’t stop there.
While defensively he might not have the best, there were and are only a few who could amount to the attacking prowess of the former Nigeria international.The defender had a great ability to marauding forward and channelling his movements into goal-scoring areas of the pitch.
Echiejille scored three goals for the Super Eagles, making him the 5th best scoring Nigerian defender of all time.
3. Uche Okechukwu 4 goals
Most fans of Golden Generation will remember him for his time at the Super Eagles. During the 90s, he was at his goal-scoring best. The former Brondby and Fenerbahce striker scored a total of 4 goals in his career as a Super Eagles footballer.
3. Efe Ambrose 4 goals
He might not be a household like most of the ones mentioned here, but Efe Ambrose is someone whose ability allowed him to become one of the highest scoring Nigerian defenders of all time. The former Super Eagles right-back played for numerous clubs like Ashdod, Celtic and Hibernian. He is currently a coach/player at Livingston. The ex Kaduna United man struck four goals for the Super Eagles.
2. Joseph Yobo 6 goals
Ah, the legendary Joseph Yobo. His determination and courage made him revered among the fan base of the Super Eagles. It was not only his leadership or defensive skills that made him a fort at the back, but it was his ability to score from nowhere as he was a great header of the ball, he scored 6 goals to become Super Eagles’ second best ever goal-scoring defender.
1. Stephen Keshi 7 goals
The ultimate goal-scoring Nigerian defender of all time. When Keshi was a player, he used to flabbergast teams with his astute knack of scoring goals. He could play as a midfielder and a defender but was mostly deployed as a libero thanks to his unbelievable ability on the ball. He scored seven goals for the Super Eagles. And it seems unlikely that anyone can break the bar set by him for now.