The Super Eagles of Nigeria have participated in five World Cups since it debut in 1994.
The Eagles best placement is the second round (1994, 1998 and 2014), with the team earning admirers for their physical and attacking trident.
Nigeria is a nation of sports-loving people especially with soccer which is one of the most popular of all sports. The sport has found a place in the hearts of citizens – even with its rocky start of segregation as a result of ethnic issues.
The national team, Super Eagles, has scores of followers and has qualified for the World Cup on five occasions.
World Cup has brought good and sad memories, but the good ones are those to be cherished.
Follow Futbalgalore.com on a voyage as we take a look at 10 moments to remember for the Super Eagles in the Mundial;
1. Yekini Scores Nigeria’s First World Cup Goal
Nigeria scored the first ever World Cup goal against Bulgaria through Rashidi Yekini in the 1994 competition facilitated by the United States. Playing against an European group shockingly at that level, the Eagles were not anticipated that will score first. However Yekini opposed the chances to score first in the 21st moment and had an euphoric festival a short time later.
2. Samson Siasia’s Goal against Argentina
In that same Usa’94 tournament, after Nigeria overcome Bulgaria 3-0 in the first match and watched Argentina rout Greece in the match before our game; Nigeria was not favored against the South Americans. However the unforeseen happened in the eighth moment as Samson Siasia exploited a detached ball and lashed a shot past Argentina’s goalkeeper Luis Islas to record Nigeria’s only goal in the match. Argentina inevitably won 2-1 however nobody might overlook in a hustle that they very nearly lost to Nigeria.
3. Leading Group D In Style At France’98
Winning one match and losing another did not give assurance of fitting the bill for the knockout stages yet beating Greece in the last game was an errand that must be carried out. Nonetheless, goals from Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi in the 45th and the 90th minutes put Nigeria on top of the group and affirmed the team a spot in the second round of the competition.
4. Polished Celebration
Former Italian football player Marco Tardeli may have begun solo celebration at the World Cup, yet Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi took the demonstration to a whole another level after scoring against Greece in their third match at the 1994 World Cup. Finidi emulated a urinating puppy while Amokachi performed a disco move step. Both acts had their spots in the celebrations of World Cup festivals
5. Nigeria’s Loss To Italy
Maybe a standout among the most memorable matches for Nigeria at the USA ’94 was the defeat Nigeria endured in the hands of the Italian international team nicknamed “Azzurri”. The Azzurri just about went out as the Eagles headed by a solitary goal until the withering minutes when Roberto Baggio got an equalizer to send the game into additional time. A defensive blunder by Nigeria brought about a penalty which Baggio changed over into a goal and finished Nigeria’s long for arriving at the quarterfinals. The impact back home was destroying for all Nigerians however then, it was a reasonable attempt.
6. Second Best Entertaining Team
The Eagles did not progress past the round of 16 of the 1994 World Cup yet their execution won them the second best enlivening group in the competition.
7. Eagles Jerseys
Much the same as every other nation, the Nigerian team made their door into the World Cup in 1994 with their shirts and the configuration was voted as the most delightful in the competition.
8. Best FIFA Ranking
Nigeria accomplished its best position on the FIFA rankings before the World Cup. The nation was set fifth on the world for the first time for April 1994.
9. Sunday Oliseh’s Heat Shot Against Spain
France’98 is another World Cup competition that Nigeria and Nigerians will never forget and be pleased with. The Super Eagles did the almost unimaginable in their first match as they vanquished the competition’s most favourite group Spain 3-2 in Nantes on June 13. Goals from Mutiu Adepoju and Garba Lawal had offset Hierro’s and Raul’s goals yet a heated shot from Sunday Oliseh sent the entire country into wild celebration.
10. Enyeama’s Super Save Against England
Nigeria did not do well for the most part at the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup maybe in light of the fact that Coach Adegboye Onigbinde ran with a pack of unpracticed junior players. In the wake of losing 1-0 to Argentina and 2-1 to Sweden, Nigeria was out of the race for the second adjust ticket as the Eagles went up against England. The match finished 0-0 and one major minute of the experience was the splendid spare by keeper Vincent Enyeama in the tie. It was an awesome shot by Manchester United midfielder, Paul Scholes, and Enyeama, who was staging his first World Cup presentation, swooped full length to push the ball out. It was evaluated as a standout among the most wonderful recoveries of the opposition.