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.
By 1980, Nigeria was ready to host the Nations Cup and driven by the tactical nous of coach Otto Gloria, the attacking prowess of Segun Odegbami and the defensive solidity of captain Christian Chukwu, the Green Eagles defeated all-comers to lift the prestigious trophy for the first time on home soil at the National Stadium in Lagos in front of one of the largest crowd of supporters to ever watch a match in Nigeria.
All with the nation’s President present in the stands. A day like no other before it.
Henry Nwosu described that triumph as being similar to ‘winning the World Cup’. While it made Felix Owolabi feel on top of the world.