Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan today November 20, 2016 clocks 59, and the man who was born in Otueke in Rivers state would ever be remembered for many things he has done during his tenure as the Nigeria’s number one citizen.
Our main focus shall be on how Nigerian sports blossomed under Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, and we shall be looking at some of his achievements which many Nigerians and sports lovers would never forget.
1. 2013 Nations Cup
Goodluck Jonathan speaking with the Super Eagles prior to the start of the 2013 AFCON
In February 2013, Nigeria won the African Nations Cup under late Stephen Keshi who was the coach of the Super Eagles, and the success was recorded in South Africa after 19 years that Nigerians have waited for the AFCON trophy.
Prior to the start of the 2013 AFCON, Goodluck Jonathan charged the Super Eagles to bring the African Nations Cup trophy, and the Eagles did not disappoint him as they won the cup to the delight of many Nigerians.
Goodluck Jonathan addressing the Super Eagles players ahead of the 2013 AFCON
2. 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup
On November 8 2013, Nigeria Under 17 national team known as the Golden Eaglets won the fifteenth edition of the FIFA U17 championship held at the United Arab Emirates beating Mexico 3-0 in the final. Goodluck Jonathan’s encouragement was of great help to Manu Garba’s led team.
Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan receiving the 2013 AFCON trophy from the former Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi
3. 2014 AWC
On October 27, 2014, the Super Falcons of Nigeria put smiles on the faces of many Nigerian fans by winning the African Women Championship beating Cameroon 2-0 in the final duel in Namibia.
4. 2014 CHAN
Under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria won bronze at the 2014 African Nations championship beating Zimbabwe 1-0 in the third place match played in Cape Town, South Africa.
Goodluck Jonathan speaking with late Stephen Keshi ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
5 .2015 AYC U20
On March 22, 2015, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles won the African U20 Youth Championship beating hosts Senegal 1-0 in the final match. Bernard Bulbwa netted the only goal that gave Nigeria the trophy.
6. 2014 Common Wealth Games
Goodluck Jonathan receiving the 2013 AFCON from former sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi
At the 2014 Common Wealth games held in glascow, Nigeria ended up with 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals finishing as the 8th best in the overall rankings.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan hosting the Golden Eaglets who won the FIFA 2013 U17 World Cup
7. 2014 AYG
On May 31, 2014, Nigeria U15 boys emerged champions in the football event at the Gaborone 2014 African Youth Games held in Botswana beating Swaziland 3-1 in the final. Goodluck Jonathan was happy with the performance of the Nigerian boys and hosted them after the championship.