History

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 16 – EGYPT 2006 By Kanu Nwankwo

“Papillo” NWANKWO KANU wins the hearts of the host country by adopting a 12-year-old Egyptian boy. But Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba ensured that the Elephants stopped Nigeria in the semi-final as captain Austin “Jay-Jay” Okocha retires from the national team.

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 15 – TUNISIA 2004 By Augustine Okocha

Captain AUSTIN “JAY-JAY” OKOCHA narrates how he returned to Tunisia as captain of the Super Eagles and emerged as highest goal scorer and Player of the Tournament. But Nigeria had to settle for a bronze medal after losing another penalty shootout to the hosts in the semi-final.

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 14 – MALI 2002

How in-fighting among officials truncated the Super Eagles campaign, resulting in the disbandment of the team and the sacking of the technical team led by SHAIBU AMODU.

This is the story of BONIFACE JIMOH ONI, the first Nigerian referee to be graded by FIFA.

Boniface Jimoh Oni, Nigeria’s First FIFA–Graded Referee (Complete Football, October ’91, page 29) FIRST achievers are never forgotten in history. Chief Boniface Jimoh Oni (a.k.a ‘Bee Jay Ooh) can never be forgotten in the history of Nigerian football. And the reason is simple: this was a man with the enviable record as the First FIFA-Graded…

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 13 – GHANA/NIGERIA 2000 By Ike Shorunmu

Goalkeeper IKE SHORUNMU remmbers the pain of losing the AFCON final to Cameroon in a penalty shootout in Lagos, despite a classic equalizing goal by Austin Jay-Jay Okocha.

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 12 – South Africa 1996 By Mumini Alao

1996 Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria’s Dramatic Withdrawal By Mumini Alao EXACTLY 14 days to the kick-off of the 20th Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in January 1996, defending champions Nigeria pulled out of the competition at the eleventh hour to become the first country in history to not defend the African Cup. MUMINI…

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 11 – TUNISIA 1994 By Daniel Amokachi

DANIEL “THE BULL” AMOKACHI narrates how Clemens Westerhof inspired him to become part of the Golden Generation Super Eagles that emerged African Champions in Tunisia as a prelude to Nigeria’s World Cup debut at USA ’94.

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 10 – SENEGAL 1992 By Samson Siasia

Why SAMSON SIASIA insists that Nigeria’s Super Eagles were the best team at Senegal ’92 despite losing to Abedi Pele’s Ghana in the semi-final and settling for a bronze medal.

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 9 – ALGERIA 1990 By Friday Elaho

FRIDAY “ELASTIC” ELAHOR was Nigeria’s best player as the Eagles bounced back from a scandalous opening defeat to win yet another silver at Algiers ’90 and signal the start of the successful Clemens Westerhof era in Nigerian football.

Nigeria’s AFCON Stories Episode 8 – MOROCCO 1988 By Bright Omakoro

Hardline defender BRIGHT “TEN-TEN” OMOKARO recollects Nigeria’s epic semi-final marathon penalty shoot-out victory over Algeria en route to a controversial defeat by Cameroun in the final.

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