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How well do you remember these Moments in Nigeria World Cup History.

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Nigeria World Cup appearances have seen great things.There have been great moments.Is Yakubu miss the worst Nightmare in Nigeria World Cup Record?

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The World Cup

The World Cup is a tournament organised by the Football association Played every four years interval.

It started in 1930 and was not played in 1942 and 1946 because of the World War II.

The tournament format include 32 teams competing for the most Prestigious award in the host Country.

The teams that qualified would have Played the qualifying matches in their respective Continent.

There are 7 groups with 4 teams in each groups respectively.

Two teams qualify in each group and the round of 16 is Played.

The qualified team from round of 16 then move to the quarter final.

The remain four play the Semi-Finals and then move to the Final.

The Final is then Played between the two teams to compete for the most Prestigious Trophy in Football.

Uruguay was the First team to host the World Cup in 1930.

South Africa is the First and only African Country to have hosted it in 2010.

Russia hosted the last edition of the tournament and Qatar will be hoping to host in 2022.

Teams that hosted and won it





1954-Host-Switzerland;Winner-West Germany




1974-Host-West Germany;Winner-West Germany




1990-Host-Italy;Winner-West Germany

1994-United States of America;Winner-Brazil


2002-Host-South Korea & Japan;Winner-Brazil


2010-Host-South Africa;Winner-Spain



Nigeria World Cup History

Nigeria's first appearance in the World Cup was in 1994.

Since then, Nigeria has been in the tournament six times.

The National team has only reached the round of 16 three times and got eliminated in the group stage in the other three.

1994 World Cup

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Nigeria was being managed then by Clemens Westerhof to USA.

Nigeria topped the group by defeating Bulgaria, losing to Argentina then by defeating Greece by two goals to nil.

Rasheed Yekini was the first Player to score for Nigeria in the World Cup and celebrated by holding the net.

Nigeria was a moment away from reaching the quarter Finals before Baggio scored two minutes away from the end of the match.

Nigeria got eliminated when Baggio scored the second in the extra time.

1998 World Cup

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Bora Milutinović returned the team to the 1998 work cup hosted in France.

Nigeria were drawn with Spain, Bulgaria and Paraguay.

Nigeria shocked the World by defeating Spain by 3 goals to nil.

The team went to beat Bulgaria but was defeated by Paraguay in the last match.

Nigeria was defeated by 4 goals to 1 to Denmark in the Round of 16.

2002 World Cup

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Festus 'Adegboye' Onigbinde was the National team Coach in 2002.

The tournament was hosted by South Korea and Japan.

Nigeria was grouped with Sweden, Argentina and England.

Nigeria lost the first match against Argentina by a lone goal from Gabriel Batistuta in the 61st minutes.

The team fell to victim again by losing to Sweden in the second Leg.

The third game ended in 0-0 draw against England which saw them out of the tournament.

2006 World Cup

Christian Chukwu managed the team in 2006.

Nigeria did not qualify for the tournament.

They level in point with Angola but the head to head favoured Angola.

2010 World Cup

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Lars Lagerback was the Manager the team to 2010 World Cup.

Nigeria qualified to the tournament by defeating the Kenya by 3 goals to 2 in Nairobi.

Nigeria was grouped with Argentina, Greece and South Korea.

Nigeria lost the first game against Argentina by a lone goal scored by Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute.

In the second match, Nigeria lose the game to Greece after a red card against Sani Keita which made us threw away the early lead.

In the third match, Nigeria gave away the advantage to qualify to the next round.

South Korea defeated Nigeria by 2 goals to 1.

Yakubu missed a big chance that will never be forgotten in the tournament history and by Nigerian.

Nigeria had a disappointing tournamemt and left there earlier 

Full details and what happened after will be discussed below.

2014 World Cup

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Stephen Keshi led the team to 2014 World Cup.

Nigeria was grouped with Argentina, Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina

In their first match, Nigeria played a 0-0 draw with Iran.

In their second match, Emmanuel Emenike’s goal gave Nigeria their first win since 1998 World Cup

In the third match, Nigeria played a thrilling match with Argentina where Messi scored two goals and Ahmed Musa levelled each consecutively with two goals.

Rojo decided the final score by scoring the last goal and made the scoreline 3-2 in favour of Argentina.

Though Nigeria lost the match but qualified to the round of 16.

Nigeria played France in the round of 16 where France had all stars.

Emmanuel Emenike goal in the 18th minutes was ruled offside.

In the 79th minutes, Pogb header found the back of the net and Yobo header gave France the 2-0 win that led them out of the Tournament.

2018 World Cup

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Gernot Rohr led the team to the 2018 World Cup.

Nigeria was grouped with Argentina again, Croatia and Ireland.

In their first match against Croatia, Nigeria lose the match by 2 goals to nil where Modric Shone.

Ahmed Musa shone in the match where he scored the only two goals in the match.

One of the goals was ranked in the Fifa's best goals that year.

In the Final match where Nigeria needed only draw to qualify for the round of 16.

But it was threw in the year where Ighalo missed chances for Nigeria to win the match.

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Messi scored the first goal, it was equalized by Moses by the Penalty spot.

We would have qualified but Rojo scored the winning goal for Argentina which led Nigeria out of the Tournament.

2010 Nigeria nightmare. Where did it go wrong.

It's been 10 years Nigeria got eliminated from 2010 World Cup.

What exactly went wrong, Yakubu's big miss or the whole team fucked it up?.

Over the years Nigeria had always gone to the World Cup with the Coach that made them qualify.

But it was different in the 2010 World Cup.

Amodu Shaibu made them qualify but was sacked after third place in the Africa Cup of Nation in February.

 Lars Lagerback, a former Sweden National team Coach was given a Five month deal to take the Country to the World Cup.

The Coach played a Friendly match against Colombia and Saudi Arabia with both ended in draw.

They later won a Friendly match against North Korea by 3 goals to 1 before going to the Tournament.

Nigeria went to the World Cup with a Positive Mindset but lost the first match against Argentina.

Messi had a dramatic display and Enyeama, the Nigeria Keeper shone by having numerous save against Messi.

Without Mikel in the tournament, the defense maintained their shape and Enyeama became the wall.

Gabriel Heinze only goal in the 6th minutes was the only goal the side which made Nigeria lose the Points needed.

Second match against Greece

Nigeria needed the win in the Second Match.

Te Super Eagles took an early lead from a set-piece, Kalu Uche – in for Obasi – whipping a low free-kick inside the far post.

Many Nigerians would have thought Nigeria would have an easy win against the team that have never win any World Cup match.

Suprisingly, Greece won their first match against Nigeria.

Like an hour later, Kaita, who to that point had struggled in possession, tussled with Vasilis Torosidis by the touchline as the ball rolled out of play.

 Incredibly, he then proceeded to kick out unprovoked, delivering a glancing stamp to the Greek defender's thigh.

He was shown straight red card by the referee and knelt down in disappointment.

Then Greece took the advantage very well by turning the one goal lead to one goal decifit for Nigeria.

This left the Super Eagles almost hopeless.

There was actually still hope in the final game only if Nigeria would win against South Korea and Greece would lose to Argentina.

The Final Saga:Yakubu's Miss

Nigerians awaited the slim chance we had to get us to the next round but hope of many Nigerians were shattered that night.

On June 22, 2010, Nigeria Played South Korea in the Final group stage match at

Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

In the match, Nigeria took an early lead in the 12th minute off of a great finish by Kalu Uche after a low cross from Chidi Odiah.

It was a little time Joy before goals from Lee Jung-Soo and Park Chu-Young gave South Korea a 2-1 lead, which looked to be enough for South Korea to advance into the round of 16.

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However, Nigeria got a chance in the 66th minute that the Super Eagles will probably never forget.

The Miss

On the end of a pass from Ayila Yussuf that was fed through the South Korean defense was none other than Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who was one of the most accomplished players in Nigerian international football history.

He is the highest goalscorer for Nigeria and a star player for Everton of the English Premier League.

As the pass found Yakubu's foot about four yards away from the empty goal, Yakubu pushed the ball wide of the left post to keep South Korea ahead 2-1.

The missed chance has been buried in the heart of many Nigerians since.

In the history of the tournament, that might have been the biggest missed chance.

Few minutes later, Yakubu got Penalty to score Penalty and he scored it to make the scorline 2-2.

The fans was kept waiting for the third goal to come but no goal came.

The game ended 2-2 which led the team out of the Tournament.

Meanwhile, in the other game in the group.Argentina defeated Greece which had given Nigeria an open opportunity but slipped away. 

Though before the tournament, Nigeria had issues about the squad, Mikel even missed out.

Eight days following Yakubu's miss, Nigerian football was given another major shock.

 President Goodluck Jonathan announced that the national team was going to be suspended for two years

This was due to widespread corruption that existed within the Nigerian Football Federation.

But the later was later reverted though.

Do you think Yakubu miss was the main thing that affected the team after losing their first two matches or The squad and coach changed affected the team.

Even with the anything affecting, Can you ever forget this goal missed by Yakubu?

How did you react after the match that night?....

Source: opera.com
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Top Comments
EzeGabby · 06/26/2020
Yakubu wasn't the problem of the team and he redeemed his image by scoring a penalty for Nigeria in the same match..The team generally is not good... It's the worst team that represented Nigeria at the world cup after Onigbindes 2002 team.
StingIorhemen · 07/17/2020
Mr. Poster, Russia hosted 2018

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