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.
For 14 long, heartbreaking years after that famous continental triumph, Nigeria tried in vain to make the step up to participate at the FIFA World Cup in vain.
Mexico 86 and Italia 90 were bridges just a bit too far to reach and it appeared as though the wait would never end. Then arrived that Dutch-delight Clemens Westerhoff.
Soon the Green Eagles metamorphosed into the Super Eagles, a team that played with a swagger that was uncommon among African sides at the time.
And thanks largely to Rashidi Yekini’s 8 goals during the qualifiers, Nigeria made it past South Africa, Congo, Ivory Coast and Algeria to finally book her spot at the Mundial for the very first time in 1994.