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.
After a massive win over tournament favourites Ivory Coast, Nigeria went into the Mali tie in the semifinal with the confidence of giants where they mauled the Malians to gain passage to their first Africa Cup of Nations final in 13 years.
Mali boasted the incredible talents of Barcelona’s Seydou Keita in their ranks but the pace of the Nigerian attack troubled their opponents’ defense all day.
Defender Elderson Echiejile opened the scoring, heading home a Victor Moses cross before Brown Ideye bundled past Mali keeper Mamadou Samassa.
The Super Eagles made it three with Emmanuel Emenike’s shot deflecting in off Mali midfielder Momo Sissoko to complete a spectacular first half for coach Stephen Keshi’s side.
And there was still time for substitute Ahmed Musa to stroke home Nigeria’s fourth before Cheick Diarra grabbed a consolation for the Eagles of Mali.