The fact that the Nigeria national team is one of the most successful national team in Africa does not mean that they have had good managers consistently. Most at times, the performance of the team is as a result of shear hardwork within the players. They have put in their best in every international match they play but the managers don't care much about victory. Since the Super Eagles came into existence, they have had several managers. Only few among them were able to lead Nigeria to African cup of nation's final and world cup qualification. Here are the few managers which we consider as the best in the history of Nigerian football.
1. Stephen Keshi
Many people deeply criticized Stephen Okechukwu Keshi during his time as the head coach of the Super Eagles but he still stands to be one of the greatest manager ever to coach the Nigeria national team.
During his playing career as a player, he played as a defender and earned 60 caps for the Nigeria national team. He is the nation's second-most capped player at the time of his retirement. He represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter.
As a manager, he achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006. However, he left the position prior to the tournament and was replaced by Otto Pfister. He later coached his native Nigeria, where he became one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.
2. Gernot Rohr
Another great manager whose tenure as Nigeria national team coach brought several historical achievements is Gernot Rohr. He is a German professional football manager and former player who was most recently the manager of the Nigerian national team.
In August 2016, he was named manager of the Nigeria national football team by Amaju Pinnick, the chief of the Nigeria Football Federation. He won his first game in charge of the Nigerian national team, defeating Tanzania by a lone goal in Uyo, Nigeria.
On 7 October 2017, he led the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 1–0 win against Zambia. On 17 July 2019, he led Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
3. Clemens Westerhof
The greatest Nigerian manager who actually revolutionized the style of play among most Nigerian players is Clemens Westerhof. He is a Dutch football manager, who has worked in various football positions on the African continent since 1989.
He is most noted for his success with the Nigerian national team. Under him, the Super Eagles won the 1994 African Cup of Nations and also qualified for the second round of the FIFA World Cup that year.
He is credited with turning Nigeria into a perennial powerhouse in African football and showing that they, and other African nations, can compete on the world stage. He is responsible for what could be described as a golden period in Nigerian football. Players such as Jay-Jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, Nwankwo Kanu, Rashidi Yekini, Daniel Amokachi and others, who all went on to successful careers with various high-profile European clubs, entered the world spotlight while playing under Westerhof.