5 notable sports moments of 2018 for Nigerians
With the year going to an end, 2018 has been a year for sport lovers to remember in Nigeria, ranging from football, Basketball, Tennis and other sports.
TNG sports take a look at the five most memorable sport events so far in 2018:
Super Eagles’ victory over Iceland at the FIFA World Cup:
Super Eagles of Nigeria defeat Iceland 2-0 in Group D encounter to get their first three points at the tournament.
Ahmed Musa scored both goals to give Nigeria the well celebrated victory at the World Cup.
Sadly, it was just too brief as a 1-2 loss to Argentina in the next game sent Nigeria crashing from the World Cup
D’Tigress reach quarter-final of FIBA Women’s World Cup
D’Tigress of Nigeria defeated Greece 57-56 at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain, making them the first African team to reach the quarter finals of the tournament.
D’Tigress also makes history as the first African team to win three straight games.
But D’Tigress succumbed to a resurgent USA in the quarter-final of the tournament
Super Falcons wins 2018 AWCON Title
With their dominance in African football waning, the Super Falcons still fought hard to win their third straight Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon.
The country watched in bated breath as the Super Falcons recovered from their opening game loss to win the title in South Africa.
They had to deal with a strong Cameroonian team and a very much improved Bayana Bayana of South Africa to win Nigeria’s ninth AWCON title.
Super Eagles qualified for AFCON 2019
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have not been to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) since they last won it in 2013 Since then, they have missed two, little wonder Nigerians watched with bated breaths as the Super Eagles beat Seychelles and Libya (twice) before sealing qualification with a draw away at South Africa.
Flying Eagles qualified for 2019 U-20 AFCON
Nigeria’s male U20 team, Flying Eagles booked a spot in next year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) U20 tournament in Niger Republic following the thrashing of Mauritania in their second leg clash, with the aggregate win of 6-1.
The Flying Eagles will be among the eight teams to contest for honours at the 2019 AFCON U20 tournament.