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.
Eternal rivals, Cameroon and Nigeria met in the Round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.
Even though the Super Eagles qualified as group winners and the Indomitable Lions made it to the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams, there was no favourite for this game, as with any game between these two.
The encounter, as expected, started as a physical contest but Nigeria had the better chances in the opening minutes and it was no surprise when Nigeria’s name was the first to appear on the scoreboard after Odion Ighalo capitalized on a loose ball in the box to scramble home the opener.
After breaking the deadlock, however, Nigeria lost control of the game and Clarence Seedorf’s men started applying pressure for an equaliser, which finally paid off in the 41st minute when Stephane Bahoken slotted Bassogog’s cross past Daniel Akpeyi.
Moments before the interval, the situation turned sour for Nigeria as Njie fired the Indomitable Lions ahead for the first time that afternoon.
The next goal was crucial and it arrived, in favour of the Nigerians, just past the hour mark.
Ighalo it was who inspired the comeback after turning a pass from Ahmed Musa into the back of the net to set up a thrilling finale.
Three minutes later the Super Eagles were back in front and it was all thanks to Alex Iwobi, who kept his cool before applying a sweet finish to a fine assist from Ighalo.
While the Indomitable Lions worked to fight back, the Super Eagles held their ground to advance to the last eight.