REMARKABLE EVENTS IN NIGERIAN SPORT

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REMARKABLE MOMENTS IN NIGERIA SPORTS
1957, Hogan Bassey became the World featherweight boxing king.
1958 Commonwealth Games, Cardiff, Emmanuel Ifeanjuna won a gold medal in high jump
1960, Dick Tiger of Nigeria won the middle weight championship of the British Empire with a knock-out at the ninth round.
1962: Dick Tiger was recognised as world middle weight champion by the New York State Athletics Commission, the European Boxing Union and the British Boxing Board of Control.
1965, Nigeria’s Karimu young won a gold medal in the 51kg class at the first All Africa Games held in Congo Brazzaville, 1965
1964; Nojim Maiyegun won the first Nigeria Olympic medal in Light Middle Weight and shared a bronze medal with Josef Gizesiak of Poland, in Tokyo, Japan Olympic Games.
1966: A. Andeh in Lightweight,Eddie Ndukwu in Ban- tan weight Fatai Ayinla won Commonwealth Games boxing gold medal.
1968; Was the first time a Nigerian team featured in a global tournament. The Green Eagles for the first time in Nigeria picked a ticket to feature at a global tournament in Mexico 1968 Olympics.
1972; Isaac Ikhorie won a bronze medal in the boxing event of the Munich, Germany Olympic Games.
1973; The National team, the Green Eagles won the football gold medal of the 2nd All Africa Games. Fatai Ayinla, Isaac Ikhorie and Obisia Nwakpa won a gold medal each in boxing.
1974; Isaac Ikhorie and Edie Ndukwu in boxing won a gold medal each (Kampala). Nigeria’s Fatai Ayinla won a bronze medal in +91 kg in the first World boxing Championship held in Havana, Cuba.
1976; Shooting Stars won the tournament of CAF Nations Cup, becoming the first Nigerian club side to win a continental title.
1977; Enugu Rangers won the tournament for the CAF Nations Cup
1978; Ishiaka Adamu (81kg) and Abdulkarim Haruna (61kg) won a gold medal each in Algeria. Davidson Andeh won a gold medal in the 60kg Class (World Championship held in Belgrade).
1980; Nigeria team won the Africa Cup of Nations Championship for the first time.
1982; Nigeria won the 4x400m relay final in the Commonwealth Games (CWG). Brisbane, Australia.
1983; After beating Cote d’Ivoire 4- 3 on aggregate, Nigeria won the African Youth Championship for the first time and qualified for the World Youth Championship. First time she participated in a FIFA organised event.
1984; The 4×400 team of Innocent Egbunike, Sunday Uti, Rotimi Peters and Moses Ugbusien won the bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympics.
1985; Team Nigeria defeated Germany 2-0 to become champion of the world in FIFA U-17 Coca- cola cup held in China.
1990; Sabo Muhammed was Banta weight Commonwealth gold medal winner and David Dafiagbon was winner of the weithier weight Commonwealth Games boxing gold medal In Auckland, New Zealand Commonwealth Games, Sani Muhammed {Banta weight} and David Dafiagbon won gold medal each.
1991; All Africa Games, Cairo, Egypt, Moses James (63.5kg), Richard Igbinegbu (+91 kg), Jacklord Jacobs (81kg) and Izonitel (91kg) won a gold medal each.
1992; Barcelona Olympic, Nigeria 4/400m women won the bronze and 100m men won the silver. In boxing, Nigeria won 2 silver medals through David Izonitel (91kg) and Richard Igbinegbu (+91 kg). Taekwondo demonstration, Peter won a silver, while in paralympic, Monday Emoghawre won gold medals and Adeoye Ajibola (sprinter).
1993; Champions of the world in U-17 category of football. The Golden Eaglets beat Ghana 2-1 in the final and secured the trophy.
1994; In Boxing, Duncam Dokinwari (+91 kg) class) won a ! gold medal. Africa Cup of Nations Championship winner (again) after beating Zambia 2-1 in the finals in Tunis.
1995; Julius Berger won the Winner’s Cup in boxing. Duncan Dokinwari (+91 kg) won a gold medal also in the heavyweight division. Nigeria finished respect¬ably as the 11th in the Women’s World Cup in football.
1996; Nigeria’s Dream Team won the football trophy, Chioma Ajunwa won a gold in long jump, bronze in 400m and 200m event through Falilat Ogunkoya and Mary Onyali. Chioma Ajunwa became the fisrt Nigerian individual Olympic gold medalist after winning gold in women long jump event. Duncan Dokinwari in boxing, 1gold, Ajibola obtained two gold medals in the sprint while Monday picked one gold in power-lifting at the 1996; Paralympics.
1998; Team Nigeria won the 11th African Athletics Championship in Dakar, (collected 23 medals). Nigeria also finished 1st at the African Women’s Soccer Championship

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1999; Segun Ajose won gold medal in boxing (South Africa).
2000; Gloria Alozie won the silver medal in 100m hurdles for Nigeria at the Sydney Olympics. Also, Nigeria won gold in the 4x400m men’s relay and a bronze medal in the 4x400m women relay. Edith Nzuruike became the 1st Nigerian female Paralympics champion, wining gold in Javelin. Monday took his third consecutive gold in power-lifting, while three female power-lifters (lyabo Ismaila, Victoria Nneji, Patricia Okafor) also obtained gold each. In table tennis, Tajudeen Agunbiade won gold in men’s single, Agunbiade, Tunde Adisa and Femi Alabi took gold in the team event.
2003; Champions League: Eyimba went ahead to win the Super Cup for the first time for Nigeria. Nigeria hosted the 8th AAG for the 2nd time and top the medal table.
2004; Enyimba became the first side to win the Champions League back-to-back and the first time a team successfully defended the African title in 36 years. Nigeria won the bronze medal in the men’s 4x400m relay at the Athens Olympics. Adetokunbo Adesoji, of Paralympics picked gold in sprint, Silver Ezeikpe took gold in men’s Javelin, and Lucy Ejike won gold in power-lifting.
2007; Nigeria won gold in 200m through Tricia Nnaji (Algiers 2007 AAG). Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets beat Spain 3-0 in the final to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea. Nigeria’s women football team won the maiden edition of the soccer gold of the 7th All Africa Games, Algiers, 2007.
2008; Nigeria’s Samuel Peters beat Oleg Maskaev in Mexico to become the WBC champion. Uche Chukwumerije won a bronze medal in the men’s heavyweight category in taekwondo, Blessing Okagbare CON, bronze in women’s long jump and Nigeria women women 4/400 relay team, bronze. In Paralympics, Eucharia Njideka took gold in both shot-put and discus, while Ejike and Ruel Ishaku won gold each in power-lifting. The likes of Obioma Aligekwe, Grace Aluzie, Adekunle Adesoji, Pat Igbiti and Victoria Nneji won silver medals each in power-lifting.
2009; Nigeria successfully hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup and won the 2nd position. The Super Eagles of Nigeria, through the effort of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) under the chairmanship of His Excellency, R.T. Hon Chibuike Ameachi, qualified for the first FIFA Senior World Cup in Africa (South Africa 2010).
2010; Nigeria participated in the first FIFA World Cup hosted on an African soil (South Africa). Nigeria, through Augustina Nwaokolo in the women’s 48kg category (weightlifting), won the first gold medal (Delhi 2010). In athletics, Ajoke Odunmosu (400m Hurdles),Tosin Oke (Triple Jump) won gold medal each in the Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India). Also, Nigeria cleared the six (6) medals of the power-lifting event in CWG, Delhi, 2010. Nigeria won a total number of 11 gold, 8 silver and 14 Bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi, India.
2011; At the 2011 AAG in Maputo, Nigeria picked 10 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze in track and field; 3 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze in badminton, 1 gold and 1 bronze in basketball, 2 silver and 1 bronze in boxing and 1 silver, 2 bronze in canoeing. While in chess, Nigeria picked 2 gold, table tennis, 3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze; taekwondo, 2 gold, 1 silver and 7 bronze, tennis, 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Others are judo, 2 silver and 5 bronze, karate 1 silver and 2 bronze, para-sports 6 gold and 7 bronze, and swimming 1 bronze.
2012; Nigeria emerged overall winner, with 22 medals made up of 10 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze in the Senior African Athletics Championship, Port Novo, Republic of Benin. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Nigeria put up a stellar performance, clinching 6 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze and set three world records (WR) in powerlifting, posting our second best performance ever in the history of the Games.
2013; The Super Eagles of Nigeria emerged champions of Africa after 19 years at the AFCON 2013.While the Golden Eaglets conquered the world at Dubai in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, making it the 4th time Nigeria lifting the trophy. Nigeria won the first ever Junior Africa U-17 Athletics Championship.
2014; Team Nigeria returned from Glasgow CWG with 34 medals made up of 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze. In track and field, Blessing Okagbare picked 2 gold in 100m and 200m, Ese Brume won a gold medal in long jump, women. Tosin Oke in triple jump men, won silver and Nigeria 4/100m and 4/400m women relay won silver medal each. While in powerlifting, Abdul Azeez Ibrahim, Kehinde Paul, Obiji Lovelyn, Oyema Esther obtained gold medal each. Weightlifting and wrestling team at Glasgow Games increased Nigeria medal table by 4 gold through the likes of Adesanmi Oluwatoyin, Usman Maryam(weightlifting) and Adekuoroye Odunayo, Adeniyi AminatC wrestling).
2015; Team Nigeria returned from the Brazzaville African Games with a haul of 147 medals made up of 47 gold, 56 silver and 44 bronze, ranked number 2 on the Games over all medal table. Historic Golden Eaglets of Nigeria won the FIFA-U17 trophy for a record 5th time, after beating the strong team of Brazil 3-0 in the final match at Chile 2015 tournament. Coach Samson Siasia led U-23 Team, the Flying Eagles, won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, CHAIN in Senegal after defeating Algeria, 2-1. In basketball, Nigeria male team, the D’Tiger at the 2015 Afrobasket games in Tunisia, won the trophy for the very first time after beating Angola in the final match. While the female U-16, D’Tigress came 3rd at the Afrobasket tournament held in Cameroon. Wellington Jighere of Nigeria, conquered the world in the World Scrabble Championship held in Australia.

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