The decade 2010-2019 comes to an close in some hours here in Nigeria, infact at the time of writing (2pm Nigeria time) countries like New Zealand and Australia have already celebrated the advent of a new decade. So happy new year is in order.
At Sportsdiscourse We looked back at the last decade for the outstanding athlete (1. who was part of a team sport 2. who exceled in the individual sport). Making the final choice was a tough call for us..
Many atheletes based on achievements and strides made their mark, in both individual and team sports, athletes like Blessing, Okagbare, Ese Brume, Odunayo Adekuoye (ranked high amongst the lots). Worthy of mention are Ike Duogu, Akhator, Asisat Osuola etc.
After careful perusing of the illustrious list we came to a conclusion that for an outstanding athlete of the decade who was part of a team, Mikel Obi, Super Eagles Captain is our overwhelming choice, while for an athlete in individual event Aruna Quadri is our outstanding choice.
Below we roll out the decade outlook of our two choices as atheletes of the decade ..Enjoy
MIKEL OBI’S DECADE (2010-2019)
Premier League: 2009–10, 2014–15
FA Cup: 2011–12
UEFA Champions League: 2011–12
UEFA Europa League: 2012–13
Africa Cup of Nations: 2013
Olympic Bronze medal -2016
ARUNA’S DECADE IN BRIEF…
2014 – the International Table Tennis Federation named him the Star Player of the year.
2014 – At the World Cup ,reached the quarter finals in the Men’s Singles competition the first ever African player to achieved such feat.
2014 -Aruna finished in the top four at the ITTF’s second most prestigious tournament held in Bulgaria. A first by any African.
2016 – 2016 Summer Olympics, Aruna reached the quarter-finals, he is the first and ONLY African to reach the last 8 (quarter-finals) at the Olympics.
2017 – Aruna won the 2017 Polish open in Czestochowa, becoming the first Nigerian competitor to win a Men’s Singles title at an ITTF Challenge Series event . He doubles as the first African to do so outside the continent.
2017 – Aruna became the 2017 African-Cup Champion.
2018 – He achieved the highest ranking ever by ANY Nigerian dead or alive in August 2018 when he was ranked world number 18
2018 – He became the first Nigerian to win the ITTF Seamasters NIGERIA OPEN
2019 – HE successfully defended his ITTF Seamasters NIGERIA OPEN title in Lagos.