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.
As champions of Africa, the Super Eagles were invited to the Confederations Cup tournament in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.
Placed in a group that had Uruguay and Spain, it was evident that Nigeria had to pull their weight against the minnows to record a big win.
But with Tahiti having arrived the Confederations Cup with a squad that was so inexperienced some of them did not have jobs let alone professional contracts, a resounding Nigerian win was always on the cards and so it played out, as the African champions strolled to a 6-1 victory.
They were three up after 25 minutes – AC Milan’s Nnamdi Oduamadi scoring the first two instalments of his hat-trick following an early own goal from Nicolas Vallar – before the most popular goal of the night from Jonathan Tehau saw Tahiti make it 3-1 in the 59th minute.
But, for all Tahiti’s commendable spirit, their ball retention was poor and their defending dire, meaning Nigeria had three further goals to come – from Elderson Echiejile, Oduamadi and another own goal from Tehau – as time and again they found themselves free in the area.