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Five Super Eagles’ Players That Have Tasted FA Cup Glory

MIKEL OBI (Chelsea: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)

Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is Nigeria’s most successful FA Cup winner with four cups with Chelsea.

His first FA Cup success came a decade ago in 2007 when Chelsea pipped Manchester United 1-0 after extra-time thanks to Didier Drogba’s goal. Mikel was in action throughout the game.

Again in 2009 against Everton, Mikel was in action for 90 minutes as Chelsea took away the title with a 2-1 win.

Chelsea successfully defended the FA Cup in 2010 against Portsmouth but Mikel did not play due to injury.

Mikel was in the thick of the action in the 2012 final against Liverpool and played 90 minutes as Chelsea won 2-1.

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NWANKWO KANU (Arsenal: 2002, 2003, Portsmouth: 2008)

Kanu’s three FA cup glories are second to Mikel Obi.
The towering striker is Nigeria’s second most successful players when it comes to the English FA Cup.

The former Super Eagles captain won two FA Cup titles with Arsenal in 2002 and 2003 and added the third while at Portsmouth in 2008.

Kanu had a varying impact in the three FA Cup titles he won.

In 2002, he got a part role replacing Thiery Henry late in the game.

In the following year against Southampton Kanu was an unused substitute but 2008 final would go down as a memorable one for Kanu as he scored the only goal which helped Portsmouth beat Cardiff City 1-0.

JOHN UTAKA (Portsmouth: 2008)

Another Super Eagles player who featured in the 2008 FA Cup final alongside Nwankwo Kanu was John Utaka.

Utaka started the final against Cardiff and provided the assist which Kanu converted from close range.

CELESTINE BABAYARO (Chelsea: 2000)

Chelsea won the 2000 FA Cup following a 1-0 win against Aston Villa in the final in 2000 and Celestine Babayaro, Super Eagles’ ex-left full-back featured for 90 minutes.

The only goal of the game was scored by Roberto Di Matteo in the 73rd minute.

Babayaro was close to adding a second FA Cup title in 2002 as he was in the Chelsea team that lost 2-0 to Arsenal in that year’s final clash.

DANIEL AMOKACHI (Everton: 1995)

The very first Super Eagles player to taste the FA Cup glory was Daniel ‘da Bull’ Amokachi.

The 1994 Nations Cup winner and later an Assistant Coach with Super Eagles is now a Technical Director with Finnish side JS Hercules.

Daniel Amokachi was helpful in Everton’s 1995 FA Cup triumph which they won by upsetting favourites Manchester United 1-0 in the final.

In that memorable final clash, Amokachi was introduced into the game in the 69th minute as the solitary strike by Paul Rideout on the half-hour mark gave the Toffees the win.

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