Though there have been some beneficial properties and moments that gladdened the hearts of sports activities fans, 2022 served an even deal of disappointments and heartbreaks for all.

The outgoing Year 2022 is a blended bag for Nigeria; particularly in sports activities the place there was once the nice, unhealthy and unsightly.

Like different years, the sports activities fraternity welcomed 2022 with an excessive amount of optimism for an stepped forward fortune for sports activities in Nigeria.

Though there have been some beneficial properties and moments that gladdened the hearts of sports activities fans, 2022 served an even deal of disappointments and heartbreaks for all.

As PREMIUM TIMES continues its evaluate of the yr 2022, listed here are seven of the disappointing moments in Nigerian sports activities.

Super Eagles can not satisfy bilateral family members with Qatar

Without a doubt, Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup was once the most important sadness of 2022.

Aside from lacking out at the unquantifiable pleasure of Africa’s best possible efficiency ever on the Mundial, the massive loss in earnings to Nigeria’s sports activities business is very large.

The ‘Morocco impact’ affected all however the commonplace frenzy related to World Cups was once at its lowest ebb.

Brands that may in most cases splash the money could not achieve this since the group’s avid gamers and officers, in addition to the NFF, had blown a as soon as-in-a-lifetime alternative.

Just just like the CHAN match, Ghana was once once more Nigeria’s nemesis as they beat the Eagles to the World Cup price ticket by way of the away objectives rule.

Nigeria can have made its 7th look in Qatar, however the nation should now acquire its acts temporarily sufficient to level a go back to the 2026 Mundial, which shall be co-hosted via the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Super Eagles can not jump in Cameroon

The Super Eagles’ Round of 16 go out at the latest Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon was once an incredible sadness, particularly after the group had proven such a lot promise in the crowd level.

For some, the indicators of a disastrous day trip had been transparent when the NFF fired the group’s trainer, Gernot Rohr, weeks sooner than the match started and drafted Augustine Eguavoen as an emergency alternative.

Eguavoen fooled us all via profitable all 3 workforce video games and fuelled hypothesis that the Super Eagles may make it all of the option to the general, the place the chance of an all-time grudge fit in opposition to hosts Cameroon piqued many of us’s pastime.

However, a 1-0 loss for the ten-guy Eagles group in opposition to a Tunisia group that hardly scrapped during the workforce level marked the Eagles’ first failure to achieve the AFCON closing 8 since 1984.

Super Falcons clipped in Morocco

The Nigeria nationwide girls’s soccer group’s affect in Africa has dwindled through the years, and it was once totally eclipsed on the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

In the previous, the Falcons simply defeated any opposition they confronted at the continent, and is the reason why they have got an unbelievable haul of titles to their title.

However, proper from the beginning of the qualification sequence for the 2022 WAFCON, the Falcons needed to paintings arduous and dig deep to overcome West African opponents Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

Though the Falcons accomplished the objective of qualifying for the World Cup in Morocco, the day trip in North Africa was once their worst. Three losses on the African championships, two of the ones consecutively, are the worst for any Super Falcons group.

Failure to win a medal in Morocco after being defeated via Zambia in the 3rd-position fit is tied for the Falcons’ worst document on the match.

Randy Waldrum, who oversaw the nosedive, remains to be in rate and appears set to steer the Falcons to subsequent yr’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, the place many be expecting the women to be tremendous all over again.

Usman, Adesanya, and Joshua kiss the canvas

When the trio of Israel Adesanya, Kamaru Usman, and Anthony Joshua get in the hoop for his or her fights, Nigeria steadily makes the headline

Though the trio have followed different international locations, they openly determine with Nigeria and their fan base in the rustic is rather spectacular.

However, if there’s a yr this trio will need to erase from their occupation, it might perhaps be 2022 going via the large setbacks and humbling defeats they suffered.

Adesanya in November lost his UFC Middleweight identify after Brazilian Alex Pereira defeated him by way of a 5th-spherical TKO at UFC 281.

That was once the primary time Adesanya suffered defeat in the middleweight class, and the primary time he was once knocked out or pinned for submission in his MMA occupation.

Though pained via the defeat, Adesanya is assured of bouncing again.

The Nigerian Nightmare, as we steadily refer Kamaru Usman to, was once additionally served ‘breakfast’ in 2022, shedding his welterweight identify to Briton Leon Edwards on the UFC 278.

It was once the primary time anyone knocked Usman out in his occupation and it was once brutally finished via Edwards. Just just like the Style Bender, Usman may be hopeful of bouncing again lovely quickly.

However, the positive duo must be informed from Anthony Joshua, who misplaced his identify to the Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in September 2021 and was hoping to regain them in a rematch in 2022.

Though we broadly agreed Joshua gave a greater efficiency in his Usyk rematch, it wasn’t sufficient for the Nigerian-born boxer to regain his titles.

Okagbare collects document doping ban

We feared the worst when the suspension of Blessing Okagbare was once introduced at the eve of the Women’s 100m semi-ultimate race on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Okagbare, who arguably is Nigeria’s maximum-embellished athlete and holds the rustic’s 100m and 200m girls’s data, examined sure for more than one prohibited components.

For seven months, there was once an agonising look forward to the decision via the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

And when it got here seven months after in February 2022, it was once a impolite surprise for lots of. No one noticed a 10-year ban coming for a primary-time culprit.

They banned Okagbare for 5 years for the presence and use of more than one prohibited components and 5 years for her refusal to cooperate with the AIU’s investigation into her case.

With an extra yr added a lot later after contemporary discoveries, it marked an inglorious finish to an illustrious occupation of the poster woman of Nigeria and, certainly, African athletics.