Football is a game of fine margins, and sometimes it only takes a moment of inspiration from a particular player to decide an encounter.
Some players are capable of coming up with something special when the chips are down. Take Cristiano Ronaldo for example; the 35-year-old has won so many games on his own for different teams he has played for in his illustrious career.
The Super Eagles have played many great games the past 26 years, and in these encounters, some players performances stood out from the rest.
In this article, Soccernet.ng ranks the best individual performances from past Nigerian games. The major criterion used in picking out the best performances from these players is the magnitude of the game.
While there were a lot of games, we’ve decided to narrow down our selection to just five.
The 1990s was Nigeria’s golden years with the country qualifying for her first world cup, winning a second Africa Cup of Nations title, and also an Olympic gold.
The Super Eagles qualified for their first World Cup in 1994, but before then, they had conquered the African continent for the second time.
The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations was hosted by Tunisia with Nigeria facing Zambia in the final. Former Golden Eaglets manager, Emmanuel Amuneke was the hero that day as his brace helped the Super Eagles secure a comeback win over their Southern African opponents.
Zambia had taken the lead courtesy of a bullet header from Elijah Litana in the third minute, but Amuneke’s header two minutes later levelled scores for Nigeria.
The former Barcelona star was not done as he scored his second and the winner two minutes after the break. It was indeed a goal worthy of a winner.
After receiving a long pass from Oliseh, Amuneke brought the ball down with his left thigh before firing past the Zambian goalkeeper.
His brilliance in that final played a vital role in the decision to award him the 1994 CAF African Player of the year.