Nicknames are a common feature among professional footballers around the world. In Nigeria, footballers are usually nicknamed by their peers or fans based on certain circumstances. Below is a list of three popular Nigerian footballers and their nicknames. It will interest readers to get an insight into how the nicknames of these football players came about.
– Taye Taiwo (An Tornado)
The full left-back plays for the Olympic Marseille of France and the Super Eagles of Nigeria. It is very popular »The Tornado », because of the bullet he packs on his left foot. He scored attractive goals for both the club and the country over and over again and this put an end to the fans and that’s the nickname. He played for Lobi FC Nigeria before moving to the Ligue 1 side after a successful tour with the U-20 National team of the Flying Eagles.
– Obafemi Martins (Obagoal or Weapons of Mass Destruction)
He remains one of the most prolific strikers in the return of Nigeria ‘s Super Eagles. He is currently discussing his trade alongside Russian club- Rubin Kazan. He was nicknamed Obagoal from his first name Obafemi and from the fact that he scored many goals for both the club and the country. It is also called the weapon of mass destruction, because of its accuracy in the face of the target.
Obafemi Martins scored a single brace that qualified Nigeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. Blessed with a devastating left footer, he continues to enjoy great criticism in the international football circle.
– Daniel Amokachi (Da Bull)
Daniel Owefin Amokachi earned the nickname-Da Bull, for his power play and all-way performance while playing for the Nigerian Super Eagles. He had a way of making his way against the opposing defense and never succeeded when he was on the ball. Because of his skill, power and passion he was most admired by fans and the result of this was that he was signed by the top England side – Everton FC in the height of his career in the 2003-2004 season. He was also featured for Belgian champions-Anderlecht FC
He is currently a football analyst with South African-based sports channels-Super Sports, where he analyzes the English premier league on a weekly basis. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Nigerian Football Federation appointed him as assistant coach to Swedish coach Lars Lagerback. Nigeria failed to make it through to the first round, however, and the entire squad and technical crew were disbanded following Nigeria’s disgraceful departure.