By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Former Super Eagles forward , Daniel Amokachi, who is also known as “The Bull” said that the Nigerian side to France 1998 FIFA World Cup was the worst Super Eagles side that he has ever played with due to the lingering problems and controversies surrounding the team.
He disclosed this during his weekly radio show known as “Bull Pit” on Sports Radio, Brila FM, Lagos.
“The squad that featured at the France 1998 World Cup was the worst Eagles that I have ever played with. There were lots of rows in the team. Some officials were instigating coaches and also players.
The only good thing at the World Cup Cup was the win against Spain, and after the spark of the 90 minutes against Spain, we went back to the problems that have been affecting the team.”
It should be noted that Super Eagles defeated Spain 3-2 in their opening group game at France 1998 FIFA World Cup with goals from Mutiu Adepoju, Zubizareta’s own goal and a powerful strike from Sunday Oliseh. A slim 1-0 win over Bulgaria with Victor Ikpeba scoring and a loss to Paraguay ensured that Nigeria makes it to the Round of 16 to play Denmark.
The 4-1 Round of 16 loss to Denmark was marred by controversies. Some players said that the team was allegedly bribed while some said that they underrated Denmark and were focussing on their Quarterfinal opponent, Brazil.
Super Eagles are yet to go past the Round of 16 at the World Cup, but football enthusiasts in the country believed that the team ought to have made it to the semi-final had they capitalize on the gains from USA 1994 and France 1998 World Cup without the controversies surrounding both tournaments for Super Eagles.
After failing to qualify for Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup, Nigeria crashed out at the group stage of 2010 and 2018 FIFA World Cups and made it to the Round of 16 of the 2014 edition in Brazil.
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