I can never forget Nigeria’s World Cup debut against Bulgaria – Adepoju

first_img Loading… Mutiu Adepoju revealed that Nigeria’s World Cup debut against Bulgaria is one of his biggest moments as a footballer. Super Eagles squad of 1994 at the World cup in USA The Super Eagles shrugged off threats from Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria to qualify for the competition for the first time – and were zoned in Group D against Argentina, Greece and Bulgaria in the 1994 showpiece. Clemens Westerhof’s team made a winning start in the United States of America by defeating Bulgaria 3-0 in Dallas with Rasheed Yekini, Daniel Amokachi and Emmanuel Amuneke getting the goals at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. In that encounter, former Real Madrid midfielder Adepoju was introduced in the game as a 69th-minute substitute for Samson Siasia. Sunday marked the 26th anniversary of the country’s maiden appearance and their famous victory over the Europeans. And to celebrate the occasion, the LaLiga ambassador took to social media to express his delight being a part of history. “On this day 26 years ago, I made history with Nigeria to feature in the country’s maiden World Cup game,” Adepoju tweeted. “The icing on the cake was a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria. This is no doubt one of the biggest highlights of my career as a footballer and I will never forget this day.” Nigeria bowed 2-1 to Argentina at the Foxboro Stadium in the second game – with Claudio Caniggia’s brace cancelling out Samson Siasia’s opener after eight minutes. Qualification for the next round was guaranteed following a 2-0 win against Greece which was made possible with Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi finding the net. read also:Super Eagles winger fails to resume training due to flight suspension The Africans’ fairytale run came to an end in the Round of 16 owing to a 2-1 defeat to eventual runners-up Italy. Amuneke handed Nigeria a 26th-minute lead before Roberto Baggio levelled the scores for the Europeans in the 89th minute. He completed his brace in the 101st minute via a resulting penalty kick from Augustine Eguavoen’s clumsy challenge on Antonio Benarrivo. Adepoju, who also starred for Racing Santander and Real Sociedad, also made the country’s squad for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups staged in France and South Korea & Japan, respectively, before drawing the curtain on his international career after 48 caps and six goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img

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