Over the years, the Nigerian Super Eagles team has had a number of siblings who have graced the field and played for the Nigerian National team together.
Many of these brothers are famous for playing together, played for big teams and have had a great career. Although quite a lot of people do not know about them. Since most of the time it is only one brother who gets a successful career.
While some went on to become household names in Nigeria football, others belted a handful of games.
In this post we are going to a look at some brothers who have actually succeeded throughout their careers and for the Nigerian National Team, the SUPER EAGLES.
So let’s take a look at a few of them.
Here is Our List Of 5 Nigerian Brothers That Played For The Super Eagles.
1. UCHE BROTHERS (KALU & IKECHUKWU).
The Uche brothers have a strong claim to being the most talented brothers to ever play for the Super Eagles together. Even as they both lasted longer and played more games together. They were phenomenal in 2009 when the Eagles battled their way through the qualifiers to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the AFCON staged in Angola same year.
Although Kalu missed winning the AFCON Tiltle in 2013, Ikechukwu was part of the winning Super Eagles Team.
2. KANU BROTHERS (NWANKWO & OGBONNAYA)
The Kanu brothers were very phenomenal to the Super Eagles success in the early 2000’s. However Nwankwo (popularly known as Papilo) became more of a house-hold name in Nigeria football than his brother Ogbonnaya
Papilo is arguably Nigeria’s most decorated footballer of all times. He won 86 caps for Nigeria and two African Player of the Year awards amongst others. His younger brother Ogbonna was capped three times in the Super Eagles and was a member of the senior national team that took part at the Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup.
3.OKOCHA BROTHERS (AUSTIN, JAMES & EMMA)
The Okocha brothers have become an household name in Nigeria football, as the siblings have been phenomenal in the success of the Super Eagles. Jay-Jay was actually the nickname of Austin Okocha’s elder brother James, who started playing football when he was still a kid. His immediate elder brother (Emma) inherited the nickname Jay-Jay when he joined Eagles in the late 90s, but the name stuck with Austin Okocha who is believed to be the greatest footballer of them all.
4. UTAKA BROTHERS (JOHN & PETER)
Former Portsmouth striker, John Utaka and younger brother Peter Utaka are one of the Nigerian brothers to have played for the Super Eagles. John Utaka was in the Super Eagles squad that took part at the 2006 African Cup of Nations. He was also part of the Nigerian team that participated at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.
John played 43 times for Nigeria with six goals to his name. Peter, his younger brother has been capped only seven times during which he netted three goals.
5. BABYARO BROTHERS (EMMANUEL & CELESTINE)
The Babayaro brothers are one of the many Nigerian Brothers That Played For The Super Eagles. Celestine and Emmanuel Babayaro famously won the Atlanta Olympic gold with Nigeria’s Dream Team. Being part of that team that brought joy and honor to Nigerians endeared them to millions of Nigerian ball fans across the world.