Niger national football team

Niger national football team
Niger
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Mena
Association Niger Football Federation
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Harouna Doula Gabde
Home stadium Stade Général Seyni Kountché
FIFA code NIG
FIFA ranking 95
Highest FIFA ranking 68 (November 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 196 (August 2002)
Elo ranking 117
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Nigeria 1–0 Niger Niger
(Senegal; 11 April 1963)
Biggest win
 Niger 7–1 Mauritania 
(Niamey, Niger; 12 October 1990)
Biggest defeat
 Niger 1–9 Ghana 
(Niger; 21 September 1969)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 1 (First in 2012)
Best result TBD

The Niger national football team, nicknamed the Menas,[1][2] is overseen by the Fédération Nigerienne de Football and a member of CAF. Niger plays in the colors of the Flag of Niger, white, green, and orange. Their nickname comes from the Dama Gazelle, native to Niger, the Hausa name of which is Meyna or Ménas[3] The Dama appears on their badge in the colors of of the national flag.

Contents

History

Although one of the weaker sides in the strong West Africa region, Niger has produced a couple of noteworthy runs in qualifying tournaments.

One of their best performances was in the 1982 World Cup qualifiers, in which Niger eliminated Somalia and Togo on away goals, but were beaten by Algeria in the third round where only eight teams were left. Notable players in this run included Jacques Komlan, Hassane Adamou and Moussa Kanfideni.

In 1990 they set one record – they trashed Mauritania 7–1 in continental qualifiers, which is for now the highest win for Mena.

In the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifiers, Niger won all their home games (including a win over Guinea) to finish on 9 points, just 3 short of qualification.

The Niger squad is also plagued by financial concerns, which have caused them to withdraw from international tournaments on more than one occasion. The Niger FA would have turned to fundraising to pay for their trip to the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola, had they qualified.[4]

In June 2008, Romanian coach Dan Anghelescu[5] took over as team manager from Hamey Amadou, who was dismissed. Anghelescu had been coaching in Africa since 1999, training teams from Algeria, Tunisia and Burkina Faso. On 19 December 2008, Anghelescu was dismissed after a disastrous six-month spell. Former Niger U-17 coach Frederic Costa was appointed the new head coach of the Niger national side. On 10 October 2010, Niger earned a shock 1–0 win over Egypt at home in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification.

On 8 October 2011, Niger qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.[6]

Competition recrds

World Cup record

Africa Cup of Nations record

  • 1957 to 1968 – Did not enter
  • 1970 to 1972 – Did not qualify
  • 1974 – Withdrew
  • 1976 – Did not qualify
  • 1978 to 1980 – Withdrew
  • 1982 – Did not enter
  • 1984 – Did not qualify
  • 1986 to 1990 – Did not enter
  • 1992 to 1994 – Did not qualify
  • 1996 – Withdrew during qualifying
  • 1998 – Disqualified for withdrawing in 1996
  • 2000 to 2010 – Did not qualify
  • 2012 – Qualified

Head-to-Head Records against other countries

As of March 28, 2011

  • Match versus Libya in November 2010 finished 1–1, but Niger lost 4–1 in penalty shootout, thus that counts as a defeat (penalties not counted)

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Date Location Opponent Score Scorers for Niger Competition
June 19, 2010 Niamey, Niger  Chad 1 – 1 Koffi Dan Kowa 90' Friendly
August 11, 2010 Porto Novo, Benin  Benin 0 – 0 N/A Friendly
September 4, 2010 Nelspruit, South Africa  South Africa 0 – 2 N/A 2012 CAF Qualifying
October 10, 2010 Niamey, Niger  Egypt 1 – 0 Ouwo Moussa Maazou 7' 2012 CAF Qualifying
November 17, 2010 Tripoli, Libya  Libya 1 – 1 Ouwo Moussa Maazou 73' Friendly
February 09, 2011 Marrakech, Morocco  Morocco 0 – 3 N/A Friendly
March 27, 2011 Niamey, Niger  Sierra Leone 3 – 1 Alhassane Issoufou 64', Modibo Sidibé 79', Kamilou Daouda 89' 2012 CAF Qualifying
June 04, 2011 Freetown, Sierra Leone  Sierra Leone 0 – 1 N/A 2012 CAF Qualifying
August 10, 2011 Niamey, Niger  Togo 3 – 3 Ouwo Moussa Maazou 45', 70', Kamilou Daouda 80' Friendly
August 14, 2011 Monrovia, Liberia  Liberia 0 – 0 N/A Friendly
September 04, 2011 Niamey, Niger  South Africa 2 – 1 Koffi Dan Kowa 15', Ouwo Moussa Maazou 47' 2012 CAF Qualifying

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification:

# Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps (Goals) Club
1 Kassaly Daouda Goalkeeper 19 August 1983 (1983-08-19) (age 28) 54 (0) Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
32 Losseny Doumbia Goalkeeper 0 December 1990 (1990-00-00) (age 21) Democratic Republic of the Congo DC Motema Pembé
16 Rabo Saminou Goalkeeper 11 November 1985 (1985-11-11) (age 26) Niger Sahel SC
3 Lassina Abdoul Karim Left back / Defensive midfielder 20 May 1987 (1987-05-20) (age 24) Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
4 Amadou Kader Right back / Centre back 5 April 1989 (1989-04-05) (age 22) Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
00 Ismaël Alassane Centre back / Right back 3 April 1984 (1984-04-03) (age 27) Kuwait Al Sahel
13 Chikoto Mohamed Centre back 28 February 1989 (1989-02-28) (age 22) 7 (0) South Africa Platinum Stars
14 Délis Ahou Left back 23 August 1984 (1984-08-23) (age 27) 6 (0) Belgium Excelsior Virton
15 Moussa Bonkano Djibrilla Left back / Right back 4 (0) Niger ASFAN
18 Koffi Dan Kowa Centre back 19 September 1989 (1989-09-19) (age 22) 16 (2) Tunisia Espérance Sportive de Zarzis
00 Karim Paraiso Centre back 30 March 1989 (1989-03-30) (age 22) Niger Sahel
00 Karim Lancina Central midfielder 20 May 1987 (1987-05-20) (age 24) 43 (3) Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
00 Boubacar Issoufou Central midfielder 2 February 1990 (1990-02-02) (age 21) Thailand F.C. Phuket
6 Idrissa Laouali (c) Central midfielder 9 November 1983 (1983-11-09) (age 28) Niger ASFAN
00 Pascal Anicet Central midfielder 27 March 1987 (1987-03-27) (age 24) Niger AS-FNIS
00 Abdoul Aziz Abdou 'Didi' Right midfielder / Playmaker 25 March 1990 (1990-03-25) (age 21) Niger Sahel
10 Boubacar Talatou Central Midfielder / Striker 12 March 1989 (1989-03-12) (age 22) 7 (0) South Africa Orlando Pirates
00 Souleymane Dela Sacko Central midfielder 1 August 1984 (1984-08-01) (age 27) Gabon AS Mangasport
2 Jimmy Bulus Central midfielder 22 October 1986 (1986-10-22) (age 25) Algeria NA Hussein Dey
00 Hinsa Issoufou Left midfielder / Supporting striker 14 September 1991 (1991-09-14) (age 20) Niger ASFAN
20 William N'Gounou Left winger 31 July 1983 (1983-07-31) (age 28) 5 (0) Sweden IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
8 Olivier Harouna Bonnes Defensive midfielder 7 February 1990 (1990-02-07) (age 21) 3 (0) France FC Nantes
17 Moussa Mohammed Left winger / striker 1 January 1984 (1984-01-01) (age 27) Burkina Faso ASFA Yennega
12 Mohamed Abdoulaye Striker / Left winger 25 March 1990 (1990-03-25) (age 21) 2 (0) Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2 Ouwo Moussa Maazou Striker 25 August 1988 (1988-08-25) (age 23) 12 (6) Belgium Zulte Waregem
9 Daouda Kamilou Striker 29 December 1987 (1987-12-29) (age 23) 17 (5) Tunisia CS Sfaxien
7 Seidou Idrissa Striker 24 December 1988 (1988-12-24) (age 22) Cameroon Cotonsport Garoua
11 Alhassane Issoufou Striker / Right winger 1 January 1981 (1981-01-01) (age 30) Morocco Raja Casablanca

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