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Throwback Thursday : The Super Eagles Formidable USA 1994 World Cup Squad

Many, till this day, are of the opinion that since the USA ’94 Super Eagles squad graced our screens, there has not been any Nigerian squad up to par.

This sentiment is not far-fetched. The 1994 World Cup squad holds one of the best World Cup records so far (Round of 16). This record is only also held by the 1998 and 2014 Super Eagles squads.

After years filled with vain struggles, the Super Eagles squad of 1994 were the first Nigerian team to make it to the FIFA World Cup competition, which was held in America.

Managed by French coach Clemens Westerhof, the 1994 Super Eagles squad stunned the world with an amazing debut as they topped their group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece to move into the next round of the games.

In the Round of 16 of the USA ’94 World Cup competition, Nigeria played against Italy, and a goal from Emmanuel Amunike, Twenty-five minutes into the game, brought Nigeria just within an inch of moving into the next round. Two minutes before Nigeria qualified for the quarter-final of the World Cup, Roberto Baggio scored for Italy, taking the game into extra time. Roberto Baggio then scored the winning goal, ending the game 2-1 in favor of Italy.

Super Eagles ’94 Squad

Manager

Clemens Westerhof

Players

No Player Date Of Birth Caps
GoalKeeper
1 Peter Rufai 24 August 1963 55
16 Alloysius Agu 12 July 1967
22 Wilfred Agbonavbare 5 October 1966
Defender
2 Augustine Eguavoen 19 August 1965 35
19 Michael Emenalo 14 July 1965
3 Bennedict Iroha 29 November 1969
4 Stephen Keshi (Captain) 23 January 1962 59
6 Chidi N’Wanu 27 September 1967
20 Uche Okafor 8 August 1967
5 Uche Okechukwu 27 September 1967 26
Midfielder
7 Finidi George 15 April 1971 23
8 Thompson Oliha 04 October 1968
10 Jay Jay Okocha 14 August 1973 10
13 Emeka Ezeugo 16 December 1965
15 Sunday Oliseh 14 September 1974
18 Efan Ekoku 8 June 1967
21 Mutiu Adepoju 22 December 1970 18
Forward
12 Samson Siasia 14 August 1967 32
9 Rashidi Yekini 23 October 1963 46
14 Daniel Amokachi 30 December 1972 26
17 Victor Ikpeba 12 June 1973

 

Feature image photo credit: www.monitor.co.ug

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Achem Samuel

Achem Samuel is a writer and a musician, he is passionate about God and also an ardent fan of tech, sports and music.

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    Bigdaf

    30th June 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Emmanuel Amuneke was in 1994, missing from your list. Victor Ikpeba didnt feature until 1998

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