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It’s 25 years since Amokachi last scored for Nigeria

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Daniel Amokachi, a key member of the ‘Golden Generation’ of Nigerian football has cause to remember this day, 5 April as it marked the 25th anniversary of the last time he scored for the Nigerian national team.

An exciting back-up striker, nicknamed ‘The Bull’ for his power-packed style of play, his two goals against Guinea in a 2-1 win in Lagos marked the beginning of Nigeria’s march to the France ‘98 World Cup.

The goals were the last among the 13 he scored for Nigeria in his 46 appearances in the Nigerian colour. A distinguished member of the USA ‘94 squad of Nigeria, he scored one of the three goals of the Super Eagles that extended the ‘no win’ streak of Bulgaria to 17 matches.

He was also a prominent member of the gold medal winning team at the Atlanta ‘96 Olympics, scoring a goal in the gold medal match with Argentina.

But injury cut short both his international and club career as he was only able to play one match at the France ‘98 World Cup. Ahead of the France ‘98 World Cup, he had knee injury.

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In 2002, he signed for the American MLS team, Colorado Rapids but the battle with the knee injury was overwhelming. He has since become Nigeria’s sports ambassador and special assistant on sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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