The International Day of Happiness is celebrated annually worldwide on March 20.

It was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor, Jayme Illien to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.

Despite the harsh economic realities and complaint of bad leadership which is often the ringtone of most Nigerians, sports over the years has been a significant tool which unites all Nigerians and puts smiles on their faces.

As we celebrate this year's International Day of Happiness, Bounce Sports makes a random pick of three glowing sporting moments that often make Nigerians grin ear-to-ear each time it is relieved.

Rashidi Yekini

Qualification and first World Cup goal

After years of misses and close shaves, the Super Eagles finally secured a maiden ticket to 1994 World Cup hosted in the United States.

While that was gladdening enough, the performance of the Eagles in their debut game against Bulgaria was amazing and for years to come that iconic goal celebration by the Late Rashidi Yekini will forever live smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

kanu Nwankwo

Atlanta Olympic 1996 Olympics Football Gold

Despite the painful early exit from the USA 1994 World Cup, Nigeria already announced herself as a force to reckon with in world football circles.

Back in the United States, this time Atlanta, Georgia, the Dream Team as Nigeria squad to the Olympics were called shocked the world beating Brazil and Argentina en-route to winning a historic gold medal.

The iconic pictures of Kanu Nwankwo and the rest of the gang still leaves many reeling with pride.

Chioma Ajunwa

Chioma Ajunwa's Golden Jump 

Though Nigeria is a country with strong bias for football, exceptional feats like that of Chioma Ajunwa are forever cherished.

Ajunwa from nowhere won the Long Jump with a leap of 7.12m.

The Policewoman till date is Nigeria's only individual Gold medallist at the Olympic Games. 

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