The Su­per Ea­gles

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Nige­rian foot­ball has al­ways pro­duced a con­veyor belt of tal­ent, with ar­guably the great­est of all be­ing Jay-Jay Okocha, so good they named him twice. How­ever, the coun­try has also been rather good at gen­er­at­ing dif­fer­ent names for its na­tional team. Prior to 1960 the squad was known as the Red Devils due to its fetch­ing crim­son kit, but when the na­tion gained in­de­pen­dence this ti­tle changed to the Green Ea­gles in a nod to the green and white na­tional flag of the newly free state, home to 16 species of ea­gle. This name would prob­a­bly have re­mained had it not been for a con­tro­ver­sial 1-0 de­feat to Cameroon in the fi­nal of the Africa Cup of Na­tions in 1988. Such was the blow to na­tional pride that it was de­cided the team would for­ever more be known as the Su­per Ea­gles.

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