"The quality of players we had in the team then [was such that] everyone believed that each one of us would play in the senior national team."
While Aiteo Cup final weekend is upon Nigerian football, the talk is still on the Super Eagles' Afcon campaign and where the next stars are hiding.
Samad Kadiri was the match-winner for Lobi Stars, who emerged 1-0 winners against Enugu Rangers in the 2018 Nigeria Super Cup on Tuesday.
Kano Pillars took a big step towards a return to CAF club competition as they beat Enyimba 4-2 in a rescheduled Aiteo Cup quarter-final.
The Aiteo Cup round of 32 fixtures on Sunday produced further upsets, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Niger Tornadoes the latest big guns to exit.
KwesèESPN rounds up the 64 matches of the 2018 Aiteo Cup played across various centres on Sunday.
While the country heaves a sigh of relief at walking back from the precipice, the drama is by no means over. Long term solutions are needed.
Nigeria acknowledged a FIFA-approved appointee as the sole head of its national federation on Monday to avoid being banned by the governing body.
Nigeria's government contacted FIFA over the weekend in a last-ditch move to stave off a proposed suspension of the NFF.
The NFF Congress have extended an olive branch to Chris Giwa -- on the condition that he terminate his legal proceedings.
Michael Ibe's goal for 10-man Akwa United sealed a 1-0 away victory against Yobe Desert Stars on a weekend in which league leaders Lobi Stars lost.
Bashir Usman's late goal secured a dramatic 2-1 away win for Niger Tornadoes against FC Ifeanyi Ubah for a first victory in three games.
Three of the NPFL's chasing pack all face tricky away games on matchday 22 as they attempt to close the gap to leaders Lobi Stars.
Niger Tornadoes defender Hussaini Isah passed away in Minna, Niger State, on Monday evening after reportedly being struck by a motorcycle.
Lobi Stars moved five points clear at the top of the NPFL table on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 home win against Sunshine Stars.
Colin Udoh reflects on a NPFL weekend that was ... Junior Lokosa breaking a mini-drought and Fatau Dauda getting sent off for violent conduct.
Colin Udoh reflects on a NPFL weekend that was ... one that was dominated by inexplicable violence, and the brilliant return of Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Ayo Saka struck a late winner to extend Lobi Stars' lead to six points, while the ninth Oriental Derby of the season failed to ignite.
Lobi Stars raced five points clear at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table on matchday 16 with victory over El-Kanemi Warriors.
Lobi Stars are favourites to hold onto top spot on matchday 16, while their nearest challengers Kano Pillars are away at Wikki Tourists.
Junior Lokosa netted a brace in Kano Pillars' biggest win of the season as they defeated FC Ifeanyi Ubah 4-0 at home on Wednesday.
Kano Pillars will attempt to close the five-point gap at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League when they host FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
The title-favourites in the Nigeria Professional Football League failed to show the stuff of champions on match-day 14.
It was a perfect weekend for all five home teams in the Nigeria Professional Football League, as all the quintet enjoyed a clean sweep of victories.
NPFL leaders Lobi Stars appear primed to consolidate top spot when they face Nasarawa United in the North Central Derby on Sunday.