2019 marks the end of another decade, and during this period, Nigeria’s football has gone through highs and lows. During this period also, the country has been blessed with some numerous talents in the National team- some are retired, while some are still playing.
With this being said, here are Soccernet.ng top 10 Nigerian players the decade, but first let’s take a trip down memory lane, and see how Nigeria’s national team fared in this decade.
The start of the decade was 2010, and it was the year which saw Africa host the FIFA World Cup for the first time. Nigeria was one of the six African countries that represented the continent that year, but the Super Eagles disappointed as they failed to qualify from a group that included Argentina, South Korea and Greece.
Two years later, it got from bad to worse for Nigeria as they missed out on AFCON qualification in 2012, but they bounced back a year later by winning the tournament in 2013.
They backed up the feat in South Africa with a Round of 16 finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but the next three years were not particularly fruitful as they missed out on two consecutive AFCON tournaments.
However, they finished the decade on a high by qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a game to spare, while they also won the Bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Having summarized what the decade has been like for the Super Eagles, Here is the list of the best Nigerian players this decade.
NB: This list is exclusively alone for players who played in the National team, so Golden Eaglets or Flying Eagles stars are not included.
The first name on this list is Leganes defender, Kenneth Omeruo. The 26-year-old made his debut for Nigeria in an AFCON qualifier against Cape Verde before going on to play a key role in the team’s run to victory at the tournament in South Africa.
Since he made his debut in 2013, Omeruo has gone on to become one of the key players for Nigeria, representing the country at two world cups, while he was also part of the squad that won Bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
At club level, Omeruo did not have much luck during this period as he was loaned out by Chelsea for most of the time. But he has found a new lease of life since he joined Spanish La Liga side, Leganes last season.