Five moments that defined Nigerian sports in 2015
2015 was a year of positives and negatives in Nigerian sport, here are some
of the positive moments
Sunday Oliseh became Super Eagles coach
In July one time captain of the Super eagles and Olympic gold medallist Sunday Oliseh took over from Stephen Keshi as Super eagles coach. The NFF chairman Amaju Pinnick expressed his confidence in Oliseh saying the former skipper possesses the necessary knowledge and exposure to take Nigeria’s football to greater height.
Olise spoke about the role at the unveiling ceremony calling it “the biggest job in African football”.
Unfortunately the job didn’t go as planned and things turned sour with just few months into his regime as former captain, Vincent Enyeama, decided to quit the team.
Emmanuel Emenike soon joined Enyeama stating that his decision was for “national peace”.
D’Tigers won AfroBasket
In August the Nigerian male basketball team D’Tigers won the Afro basket tournament for the first time in the country’s history. They defeated Angola in the finals 74- 65 to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. Some of the players called it the best moment of their life.
Runner-up at All Africa Games
In September Team Nigeria finished as runner-up behind Egypt in the All Africa Games. Team Nigeria finished with 144 medal 44 of which were gold achieving her best ever finish in as long as 18 years.
The Para athletes were the highlight of Nigeria’s performance in Congo they put up awesome performances; providing a dozen gold medals for Nigeria, the highest by any of the sports entered for by the country.
Besides wining gold, the country’s Para lifting contingent went further to set five world records, a feat that was not recorded in any of the other 21 events on parade at the 2015 Games.
Winner- FIFA U-17 World Cup
In November the Golden Eaglets recorded a fifth FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph in Chile.
The Emmanuel Amunike-led side defeated West African neighbours, Mali, 2-0 in the final to win back-to-back titles.
Nigeria which finished fourth at the African tourney held earlier in the year went on to become the most successful nation at the international stage.
Nigerian sensation Victor Osimhen, entered his name in the history books by scoring 10 goals to become the player with most goals at a single tournament.
Dream Team VI win U-23 AFCON
In December the Dream Team VI lead by Samson Siasia went on to win the U-23 tournament despite several setbacks in terms of preparation, funding and welfare. The Nigeria national U-23 side also qualified for the male football event at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.
The Dream Team VI ended the country’s four-year absence from the Olympic Games by winning CAF U-23 AFCON .
Nigeria alongside Algeria and South Africa will be representing the continent at the event after finishing first, second and third respectively at the U-23 competition.
Coach Samson Siasia, who is making another appearance at the Olympics after leading the country to silver in 2008, was delighted to qualify for the Rio Olympics.