5 heartbreaking moments in football that Nigerians can never forget

5 heartbreaking moments in football that Nigerians can never forget

There are unforgettable moments in Nigeria's rich footballing history that linger in the minds of their staunch supporters.

The various national teams have won trophies in different tournaments, on the other hand, the teams have suffered nail biting defeats.

Going down memory lane, NAIJ.com will be taking a look at the matches that caused heartbreaks for many lover of the games.

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Here are the five moments Nigerians will never forget

1. Nigeria vs Italy (US 94' World Cup)

The Super Eagles under Clemens Westerhof were in impeccable form and were leading by 1-0 with two minutes left to play against Arrigo Sacchi's side to qualify for the quarter finals of the World Cup.

Then, Roberto Baggio scored in the 89th minute when the Nigerian side went to sleep as the match went into extra time.

5 most heartbreaking moments in football that Nigerians can never forget

Uche Okechukwu and Danielle Massaro in action at the USA 94' World Cup
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Baggio broke the hearts of Nigerians with an extra time penalty as the World Cup debutants were knocked out in the last 16.

2. Nigeria vs Cameroon (2000 Nations Cup final)

Many thought Nigeria were hosting to win the tournament as they made it through into the finals to face Cameroon at the National Stadium in Lagos.

The visitors went ahead with two goals early in the match as Chukwu Ndukwe and Austin Okocha made it 2-2 and the match into penalties.

5 most heartbreaking moments in football that Nigerians can never forget

Austin Okocha, Tijani Babangida consoling Kanu Nwankwo after his penalty miss at the World Cup
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A Victor Ikpeba's penalty was ruled out as the Super Eagles lost another painful Nations Cup final to Cameroon for the umpteenth time.

3. Nigeria vs Argentina (U-20 World Cup final in 2005)

Some of the key players in this squad graduated to become members of the Super Eagles including captain Mikel Obi.

Lionel Messi put Argentina ahead as Chinedu Obasi equalized with a diving header. Then the talking points of match came when the young Argentines were awarded a soft penalty.

Messi again stepped up to put the beyond Ambrose Vanzekin as Samsom Siasia and his boys were condemned to a painful defeat.

4. Samuel Okwaraji's death (Nigeria vs Angola)

Nigeria lost a talented midfielder during a Nations Cup qualifying match against Angola at the National Stadium Lagos.

Okwaraji suddenly collapsed on the pitch and was given medical attention before giving up the ghost which left Nigerians sad.

The match continued as Stephen Keshi scored the only goal of the match but it was a bitter-sweet experience for Nigerians.

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5. Nigeria missing out of the 2006 World Cup in Germany

The Super Eagles have qualified for three consecutive World Cup tournaments since making their debut in the 1994 edition.

Unfortunately, during the period of the qualifiers, FIFA introduced the head to head rule which cost the country dearly on the last day.

5 most heartbreaking moments in football that Nigerians can never forget

Angolan players celebrating after qualify for the Germany 2006 World Cup at the expense of Nigeria
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Angola had a superior head to head but Nigeria needed them to drop points against Rwanda in their final game, while the Super Eagles needed an outright win, but the tables turned as the Angola qualified at the expense of the former African champions.

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