In 2019, Nigerian sports activities gave us some highs and as we spherical up the yr, there’s a want to spotlight them in our Pulse Listing 2019 sequence.
For this piece, we take a look at 10 of essentially the most memorable moments we skilled in Nigerian sports activities in 2019.
This record isn’t in any specific order.
1. Nigeria 2 Vs 1 South Africa (AFCON 2019)
Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1
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With a rivalry that was drawn from political sparring and mistrust, Nigeria and South Africa clashed within the quarter-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with a variety of feelings at stake.
The Tremendous Eagles received the sport 2-1 courtesy of objectives from Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost-Ekong and as anticipated, tempers had been flared because of the sport.
2. Nigeria Three Vs 2 Cameroon (AFCON 2019)
2019 gave is AFCON the place Nigeria bought to the semifinals and with Tremendous Eagles’ run, it’s anticipated that the match would give us a couple of memorable second.
One other second of notice was the round-of-16 win over rivals Cameroon. It is a rivalry that has lasted a long time and in contrast to the one with South Africa, this was nearly soccer.
So when Alex Iwobi’s 66th aim gave us the win in that tie, the Tremendous Eagles put one over Cameroon to the delight of each Nigerian.
3. Nigeria 1 Vs Zero Tunisia (AFCON 2019)
Tremendous Eagles of Nigeria (CAF)
To recover from the frustration of dropping 2-1 to Algeria within the semifinal, the Tremendous Eagles of Nigeria beat Tunisia 1-Zero within the third-place match to complete third within the match.
After lacking two AFCON tournaments, a third-place end was removed from a catastrophe for the Tremendous Eagles.
4. Nigeria 1 Vs 1 Brazil (Worldwide pleasant)
Joe Aribo (AFP/Getty Photos)
The likes of Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo had retired from the nationwide crew after AFCON 2019 to depart Gernot Rohr with a brand new crop of gamers to kickstart a brand new period.
An thrilling 2-2 draw in opposition to Ukraine gave Nigerians a peek of the brand new period however the true problem was to return in opposition to almighty Brazil of their subsequent sport.
1-1 it ended because the Tremendous Eagles impressively battled exhausting in Singapore.
5. Tremendous Falcons attain the knockout phases of World Cup
Tremendous Falcons of Nigeria (Getty Photos)
Nigerians for 20 years have grown accustomed to seeing the Tremendous Falcons dominate Africa whereas failing to make their mark on the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup.
However on the 2019 World Cup, the Tremendous Falcons for the primary time in 20 years progressed from the group stage to the knockout stage.
This was achieved by a formidable 2-Zero win over South Korea of their second sport and though they misplaced two video games in Group A, they managed to get the slot as top-of-the-line losers to qualify for the round-of-16.
6. Ese Brume wins Bronze at 2019 IAAF World Championship
Ese Brume (MUSTAFA ABUMUNES/AFP through Getty Photos)
Seeing a Nigerian win a medal on the IAAF World Championship isn’t one thing Nigerians are used to. For six years it didn’t occur earlier than Brume received bronze in Lengthy Leap on the World Championships. It was additionally Nigeria’s solely medal on the championships.
7. D’Tigress win 2019 AfroBasket title
D’Tigress of Nigeria (FIBA)
Nigeria’s senior girls’s basketball crew D’Tigress for the second consecutive time beat Africa to the AfroBasket title to offer us one of the memorable sporting moments of 2019.
Nigeria received all of their video games, two within the group phases, one within the semifinals and the ultimate which gave them the title.
8. Enyimba win NPFL title
Enyimba win 2019 NPFL title (Twitter/Enyimba)
We are able to’t speak about essentially the most memorable moments in sports activities in Nigeria with out mentioning the highest division, the Nigeria Skilled Soccer League (NPFL)
After the common season, Enyimba completed tops within the championship playoffs to win the title for the eighth time.
9. Rivers Angels win NWPL
One other standout second in Nigerian sports activities was Rivers Angels successful the Tremendous Four match in Lagos to develop into the 2019 Nigeria Ladies’s Premier League (NWPL) champions.
10. Kano Pillars win Federation Cup
Kano Pillars win 2019 AITEO Cup title (Twitter/Kano Pillars)
After dropping within the finals final yr, Kano Pillars lastly bought their palms on the Federation Cup for the primary time since 1953.
Pillars beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties to get their palms on the title.