Super Eagles' 2013 AFCON Winners: Where Are They Now? From Sunday Mba To Emmanuel Emenike
Nigeria were crowned champions of Africa in 2013 (Image Courtesy: Connect Nigeria)

It is the 6th anniversary of Nigeria’s continental triumph, which saw Late Stephen Keshi‘s side win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the third time in their history.

The 2019 edition of the AFCON starts today in the North African nation of Egypt. Here, we take a look at what the squad for the 2013 AFCON final are up to now.

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Starting XI

Vincent Enyeama

Enyeama skippered Nigeria to victory in the AFCON final against Burkina Faso in the absence of Team Captain, Joseph Yobo who started the match from the bench.

Having being released by Lille by mutual consent on 31st August 2018, he has been without a club.

Enyeama retired abruptly from international football in 2015.

Efe Ambrose

In February 2019, Ambrose went on trial with EFL Championship club Derby County. Later that month he signed a short-term contract with the club.

He was released by Frank Lampard’s Derby at the end of the 2018–19 season.

Kenneth Omeruo

The Abia-born defender was an integral part of the triumphant squad of 2013. He is still essential to the present team. The Leganés man makes the final cut to Egypt. 2019

Godfrey Oboabona

Oboabona most recently played for Gorica in Croatia, a club he teamed up with in 2018 from the Saudi Arabian league.

The no-nonsense defender featured at the AFCON as a Sunshine Stars player and marshalled the legendary Didier Drogba well in Nigeria’s emphatic Cup of Nations Quarter-Final victory over Cote d’Ivoire.

Elderson Echiéjilé

Plays for Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi of the Finnish Veikkausliiga. A club he signed for in March this year.

Ogenyi Onazi

Named to the World Cup in Russia as the Assistant captain, he did not figure in any of the Super Eagle’s three matches.

Right now, the Trabzonspor midfielder is not considered by manager Gernot Rohr. Although his omission could be blamed on the injury he sustained late last year coupled with the surgery that followed.

John Obi Mikel

Last played for the Super Eagles at Russia 2018. Nonetheless, ceteris paribus, he will be leading the team when they file out against Burundi on Saturday.

Sunday Mba

The hero of 2013. Scored a goal against Ivory Coast in the knockout stage as well as netting the sole goal in the final. But, this time around, he will be watching the games from home as he last featured for Super Eagles in a FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying match against the Harambee Stars of Kenya in Nairobi.

Victor Moses

Moses, 28, has retired from international football. A Chelsea loanee at Fenerbahçe of Turkey.

Brown Ideye

Now plays for Aris in Greece.

Ikechukwu Uche

Known for his acrobatic goal celebrations, Uche spent most of his professional career in Spain. Now, the younger of the Uche brothers still plies his trade in Europe’s Iberian Peninsula.

He had a disappointing spell at the AFCON competition (in 2013) despite being the top scorer in the qualifiers for Nigeria.

Substitutes

Ahmed Musa

A crucial member of today’s Nigerian squad.

Musa became the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match, after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Musa is also the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions, after scoring twice against Iceland in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 26-year-old has played in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Netherlands, Russia and England. Presently, he plays for Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr.

Juwon Oshaniwa

A player with Akwa United. In fact, he featured in the NPFL 2019 Playoffs at the Agege Stadium in Lagos where the Uyo-based side finished fourth and missed out on a continental ticket.

Joseph Yobo

On 30 June 2014, Yobo made his 100th international appearance, captaining Nigeria against France in the round of 16. After scoring an own goal in the 2–0 defeat, Yobo announced his international retirement, saying: “This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride. I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I’m happy with all I’ve done for the national team. It’s time to give a chance to other people to come through.”

Yobo appears as an analyst on SuperSport these days.

Unused substitutes

Austin Ejide

The shot-stopper currently plays for Hapoel Hadera F.C in the Israel Premier League. He has been plying his trade in Israel since 2009.

Chigozie Agbim

Agbim now plays in the Nigerian league with Delta Force. Since being among the six home-based players late Keshi named to the Nations Cup, he has never left the shores of Nigeria.

Azubuike Egwuekwe

Played for some time in the country he achieved AFCON glory. But now with Al-Nasr Benghazi in the Libyan Premier League.

Nosa Igiebor

The midfielder now dons the shirt of Anorthosis Famagusta in Cyprus.

Obiorah Nwankwo

The former Inter Milan man now plays in one of the oldest clubs in Portugal – Boavista. In March 2019, he talked about how injuries had affected his earlier career.

Fegor Ogude

Ogude, who started his senior career with Warri Wolves, where he was captain is now without a club since he was released by Yenisey Krasnoyarsk of Russia.

Reuben Gabriel

Gabriel, a world cup appearer represents Abha in the Saudi Professional League.

Ejike Uzoenyi

Uzoenyi, the winger who was named most valuable player of the 2014 African Nations Championship, has been without a club since July 1, 2018, that he left Ajax Cape Town of South Africa.