As the year 2019 runs to an end, it is also noteworthy that it is the end of yet another decade of beautiful football moments. Between the year 2010 and 2019, three FIFA World Cup tournaments, six African Cup of Nations championships and a host of other qualifying matches, friendly ties and Confederations Cup games have been played, some of which saw the Super Eagles produced some fine displays.
Soccernet Nigeria brings you the ten most memorable matches played by our darling national team within the last ten years.
The Super Eagles return to the World Cup in Russia began on a sour note after falling to an opening day defeat in the hands of Croatia. A win was needed badly in the second game against another European side, Iceland, with Argentina waiting in the final group match. And a win Nigeria got.
Ahmed Musa, restored to the starting line-up after missing the opener, was the hero on the day.
With Nigeria’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread after a goalless first half in Volgograd, the then Leicester forward struck a volleyed opener four minutes after the restart and further repaid boss Gernot Rohr’s faith with a fine second, 15 minutes from time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson looked set to give Iceland a late lifeline when Alfred Finnbogason earned a VAR-awarded penalty, but the Everton playmaker ballooned his 83rd-minute effort over the bar.
The win would ultimately count for nothing as an Argentina victory in the last group match sent Nigeria on the way home after another failed World Cup attempt.