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.
Debutants, especially those from Africa, usually get taught harsh lessons in surviving heavy defeats but the Super Eagles had no plans to be so humiliated at their first World Cup appearance.
And those who thought otherwise received a huge shock after the Super Eagles had thoroughly dealt with Bulgaria – then one of Europe’s best teams in terms of talent and experience – in their tournament opener.
The first goal scored in that 3-0 win was followed by an iconic moment that no Nigerian who witnessed it has it happened would ever forget it till the day he breathes his last.
That Super Eagles’ first World Cup goal was nothing fancy, just a simple tap-in, however, the build-up to it, the significance of the strike and Rashidi Yekini’s passionate celebration contributed to making it a great moment.