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.
When Nigeria lifted the Nations Cup for the second time ever at Tunisia 1994, it was a victory four years in the making.
However, by the time the skipper of that glorious 1994 squad, Stephen Keshi returned to coach the Super Eagles to another triumph in 2013, not many expected it, and not a few were surprised about it.
Yeah, Nigeria are perennial favourites at the AFCON but there were stronger nations in 2013 such as Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast.
But Keshi was able to get the foreign-based players pulling in the same direction as the bunch of home based stars he dared to take to the tourney.
And by the time Sunday Mba volleyed home the winner in the Final against Burkina Faso, the whole country erupted into deep joy and celebrations.
Nigeria coach Keshi captured it a bit after the match: “Winning this is mainly for my nation – when I came on board a year and a half ago my dream was to make all Nigerians happy and to construct a great Nigerian team, We are not there yet, it’s still in process.