Today, this much beloved country of ours turns 59 years old and it has no doubt been a story of ups and downs, a journey of bends and straights and several moments of joy and tears.
There have been days when the country’s national teams upset the odds to beat more fancied foes. There have been players whose talents and wizardry have left the world of football gasping for their breaths. And there have been times when we have conquered the world.
Soccernet Nigeria brings you the ten most unforgettable moments for followers of the beautiful game in Nigeria since independence was gained almost six decades ago.
If the Nigeria- Brazil game was memorable, then the Argentina match that followed will forever be remembered as the moment Nigeria ruled the world.
Credit to Nigeria who were able to put out the euphoria of knocking out tournament favourite Brazil and be ready for another South American for.
Claudio Lopez headed the Albiceleste in front after three minutes, but Celestine Babayaro headed home the equalizer from a corner. Both teams traded goals once more before late drama once more swung the tie in Nigeria’s favour. Bonfrere had elected to drop Amunike for the final, starting Ikpeba instead.
However, the veteran made the difference at the death off the bench, beating the Argentine offside trap to volley home the winner from a free-kick. It was from that delicious strike that Nigeria’s greatest footballing moment was sired.