It seems like only yesterday that Stephen Keshi guided a much-unfancied Nigeria side to glory at Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013.

A lot has happened since then, with new discoveries also coming on board.

But looking back to 2013, Keshi’s squad selection eight years ago included over 16 players, aged 22 or below, who only made their international debuts.

They’ve all since left the club they were representing at the time, but not all have achieved the same heights, with some doing much better than others. So, who are they?

1. Ahmed Musa

After playing an instrumental role for CSKA Moscow, Musa joined Leicester City.

However, his time at the Premier League was one of struggle, failing to impose himself ultimately playing 21 times and managing 2 goals in the process.

Musa would ultimately leave for Al Nassr in 2020. He is now at Fatih Karagümrük.

The former Kano Pillars man has played 98 times for Nigeria.

2. Kenneth Omeruo

Omeruo was one of several young players in Keshi’s squad at the AFCON. He had a memorable tournament and stopped Didier Drogba in the quarter final.

He moved to Chelsea in 2012 but failed to really light up the Stamford Bridge. He was then farmed out on loan to ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasımpaşa, Alanyaspor and Kasımpaşa.

A versatile defender, capable of playing in central defence and right-back, Omeruo — who’s grown in stature and becoming a leader in his own right — the Leganes man has made 52 appearances for Super Eagles.

3. Ogenyi Onazi

Interest in Onazi grew substantially after his exploits, where he featured in all six games. He had initially settled into life at Lazio.

The Nigerian made 76 appearances for the Italians. He also played for Trabzonspor, Denizlispor and SønderjyskE.kk

He has since rejoined Denzlispor where his Serie A experience is paying dividends.

4. Nosa Igiebor

After rising to prominence with Lillestrøm, following an impressive season or two at Hapoel Tel Aviv, the midfielder has become somewhat of a journeyman.

After toiling at Real Betis, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Çaykur Rizespor, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Anorthosis Famagusta, the playmaker is now a free agent.

5. Godfrey Oboabona

Much like those around him, Oboabona used his newfound profile to seek a move abroad, relocating to Çaykur Rizespor from Sunshine Stars.

He made 96 appearances for the Turkish side.

Following his arrival in Turkey, Oboabona struggled to hold down a regular place with the national side, having ended the 2013 AFCON.

The former Al-Ahli defender is currently unattached.


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