In the 70s and 80s, the Eagles boasted of the likes of Kunle Awesu, Segun Odegbami, Godwin Iwelumo, Adokie Amiesiemaka, Clement Temile, Tarila Okorowanta and Humphrey Edobor.
In the 90s, the likes of Friday Elaho, Finidi George, Emmanuel Amuneke, Tijjani Babangida ruled the roast from the wings for club and country.
And today, a new generation of wingers is on prowl for Nigeria – Dennis Bonaventure is doing his thing at Belgian champions Club Brugge, while Victor Moses has proved his class for both Chelsea and the Eagles.
Samuel Adegbenro (Rosenborg BK/Norway), Orji Okonkwo (Bologna/Italy),Hilary Gong (Vitesse Arnhem) and Philip Azango (KAA Gent/Belgium) are also flying the flag high from the wings
The winger position in Nigeria football has been famous for is back and the other teams will have to be wary because the Super Eagles now have a new generation and breed of flying wide men who are ready to bomb their way to their goal.
Footballlive.ng has picked top five wingers who will bomb the opposition going all the way to the 2019 AFCON.
He was NPFL Goal King with Kano Pillars with 18 goals scored playing on the wings before he moved to Europe and even though he has sometimes played at the top of the attack, the wings are his natural habitat. His super sonic speed will continue to trouble defences from every angle, from the right or left flanks and now in his second spell as Eagles captain, he is a lot more focused and ready to take on more responsibilities both on and off the pitch.
Nigeria fans have already seen in part why French club Bordeaux splashed a princely 8 million Euros for this daring winger. He has shown great technique, self confidence and dare in the handful of games he has played for the country since his debut in Seychelles in October. He already has a goal for the Eagles and his direct play only means there are more goals to come for Nigeria from him.
The Villarreal youngster showed flashes of what he is capable of against the robust-playing Cranes of Uganda. That was just his Eagles debut and at only 19, a lot more is expected of him bombing down the right wing with his magical left foot. And he will weigh in with his own fair of goals as well.
‘Onye-goal’ has proved at his various clubs, from KAS Eupen to Turkish champions Galatasaray, that he can score goals from the left wing. He only needs to get a decent run with the Eagles to extend such form to the national team.
5. Moses Simon
After a major injury, the former Gent star is gradually returning to the form that had installed him in the Super Eagles starting eleven . He showed he has not lost his speed for the few minutes he came on against Uganda. Once he has finally settled down at new La Liga club Levante, expect him to stake a stronger claim in the Eagles.