The outgoing year has been a mixed one for the fortunes of Nigerian footballers; there have been many highs and lows.
The biggest low must be the absence of the Super Eagles from its second consecutive African Cup of Nations, after winning it in 2013. The compensation, though, is that the Super Eagles are topping their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification group by a very healthy margin.
Here is a breakdown of how some Eagles’ stars have fared in 2016:
Alex Iwobi is without doubt the amazing fairy tale of the Super Eagles. At club level, he unexpectedly called attention to his talents and it was not in doubt he was not a future prodigy but a natural starter for Arsene Wenger.
After getting a first Champions League start in a 3–1 away defeat to Barcelona, Iwobi went on to score two goals in his first two Premier League starts in wins against Everton and Watford, respectively.
From 2015, when he debuted for the Eagles, he became a big-part player, with his introduction in the away African Cup qualifier against Egypt sealing his future. Subsequent Eagles games just sealed his place in midfield.