When it is about understanding the history of football in Nigeria, one is likely to read that the game started in Calabar or Lagos. For the account that favours Calabar, the former capital of Nigeria, the Christian Missionary should be attributed to the emergence of the game in the country. The game started in Lagos, especially at Ajegunle. Information has it that the city is the cradle of Nigerian soccer. The first recorded football match in Nigeria was in 1904.
The first official match was played in 1949 against the Sierra Leone Team. The Nigerian Team won the match by 2 scores. From the year, with the exception of 1952, to 2019, Nigerian Team played 575 matches in different tournaments. These matches include those played at home [in Nigeria or being at home during a tournament]. Away matches entail those played in opponents’ countries or being away during a tournament. Our analyst examines the matches and brings out some insights.
Exhibit 1: Number of Matches Played Per Year [%]
Exhibit 2: Score Per Match Category [%]
Exhibit 3: Number of Matches Per Tournament [%]
Exhibit 4: Away Score Per Tournament [%]
Exhibit 5: Home Score Per Tournament [%]