They won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 (at the time it was U-16), 1993 and 2007.
They also won the African Under-17 Championship in 2001 and 2007, and were runners-up in 1995.
After the 2007 victory there was some discussion as to whether the success should be rewarded in the form of cash, or if longer-term investments were more suitable for teenage players. It was pointed out that some previous players had found themselves reduced to poverty due to injury or mismanagement of their funds.
Former players include Victor Okechukwu Brown and John Obi Mikel.