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Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by naptu2: 1:53am On Apr 10, 2019
Today is the 25th anniversary of Nigeria's victory at the 1994 African Nations Cup in Tunisia. The Super Eagles teams of the 1990s (1993-1996) are seen as the most successful set of Super Eagles ever.

The teams was honoured at the NFF Football Awards last week and Sunday Oliseh explained why they were succesful. This is a transcript of the speech. The video is below.


I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of my colleagues. It's the first time that we are getting together in the past 25 years.

And I must confess that, exactly 9 days from today, 25 years ago, the 10th of April 1994, we shocked the world in style when we won the African Nations Cup.

As at that time, we didn't know what we were doing. As you see us all here, we are just one big family. We hardly agreed on anything then.

But as you see these guys here, the moment we put on the jersey. . .

I remember Uche Okechukwu saying, "Jay Jay leave am, as e kick you e go come here".

I remember times whereby (this brings tears to my eyes), whereby Stephen Keshi's wife will cook African food for us all and she will bring it and carry it with her car and we'll all start sharing it in the hotel. Am I lying guys

The other Eagles reply, "No".

That tells you the love that we had for one another.

But as we look back, I'm a coach now and I thank God for everything he's done for us. If you look at the way that football is being played, full backs are asked to attack. We don't have two number 9s anymore. We have a number 9½. This started in 2008.

As at 1994, Daniel Amokachi was not a number 9, he was not a number 10, he was already playing 9½. So he was ahead of his time.

As at 1994 we had an overlapping left back. Sometimes we used to beg him, "Ben, abeg stay, I don tire", but he will still go and we will beat Ivory Coast.

An Ivorian in the audience reacted, which led to laughter from the rest of the audience and Sunday Oliseh said. . .

With all due respect.

As at the time, all the midfielders used to just carry the ball. One small boy from Delta, all he did was, fight for the ball, give it to the players to play.

And at the time, God blessed us with the best striker this continent has ever seen. I am talking of Baba Rashidi.

I will share something that I had between me and him, that he used to tell me. "Şo ri, Sunny, ma da won lowun. Şá ti ná si fún mi"

For those that don't understand Yoruba, what Rashidi used to say to me was, "Sunday, don't listen to them. Just send the ball in (to me)".

And this man had the most clinical finishing I have ever seen in my f**king career and I've been blessed to play with players like Inzaghi, Zidane and all of them, but none could come close.

And then we had one crazy number 10. In as much as I and him have a good relationship today, if I tell you how many times we almost fought on the pitch. "Jay Jay pass now!"

But I must confess to you guys, if I had a problem and I was crowded by players, give it to Jay Jay, he will find a solution.

We were very complimentary, from Dodo Mayana to Baba Rashidi, but we could not have achieved anything we did without players like Edema Fuludu, without players like Nduka Ugbade.

Because, for those of you who are less than 30 years old, you will not understand this, when we trained at the National Stadium, we had 30,000 watching trainings. Our trainings were like matches.

And for that reason, anybody who was going to wear the jersey on Saturday, you know that if you don't give 150%, not only will the Lagos fans kick you so hard, but there's somebody waiting on the bench to take that jersey and good luck to you if you lose it.

And let's not forget, we had one man who brought us all together, Clemens Westerhof.

For 3 years I was going in and out of London to get my coaching license and I was in classes with people like Ryan Giggs and all of them. Even Ole Solskjaer, we graduated together and they were always talking about England National team, England National team. Then one day, I was sitting with Gianfranco Zola and I told him, I said, "Excuse me, the last time England won something, I was not born yet".

I am going to tell you what this guys did (he's pointing at the other Eagles).

⚫ 1993: qualified for the African Cup of Nations.

⚫ 1993: qualified for Nigeria's first ever World Cup

⚫ 1994 (April 10th) : won the African Nations Cup

⚫ 1995: won the Afro-Asian Cup

⚫ 6 of the players from this group were in the Atlanta team that won the Olympics.

Jay Jay Okocha, Victor Ikpeba, Emmanuel Amunike, the Bull Daniel Amokachi, we had also the crazy Sunday Oliseh.


Why am I saying this now is that ever since people think that we have problems amongst ourselves. It is far from true. The thing is that we know that without one another, we'll not be having food on the table today. We'll be starving. We helped each other and we carry on with that friendship.

Daniel used to turn to me on the pitch and say, "I'll come help you defend". Even when I had 3 or 4 opponents, he will come and join me. Am I lying?

Oliseh gives the microphone to Amokachi and Amokachi says jokingly, "You dey lie small".

Oliseh says:

Because then he was a 9½. He was coming to join us in midfield.

And then we had Samson Siasia also coming to join us in the midfield. What was he doing? Samson was a number 9, but then we had the god of Nigerian attackers as number 9. The man adapted, started playing 10 and even number 7. Not to talk of Finito.

So the team goes on.

When NFF invited me to come and I saw the invitation, the first thing I wanted to say to my wife was, "Eh, I go stay house", but then I saw my colleagues who were coming and I saw that at one point in life we have to move forward.

Nigeria has given us everything we have. We have given everything we have to Nigeria. If we are not recognised, Nigeria will not produce another set. If we are not thanked, Nigeria will not produce another set, because what will it take to name one street in every state the Super Eagles of 94 Street?

It doesn't matter if the street is fine or not, just the recognition.

We thank you very much. We are grateful. We thank you for this event.

Oga Amaju, we thank you for doing it. We thank you all. Oga Seyi Akinwunmi, we thank you very much. Oga Dipo, we thank you. And we thank you the most Nigerians. God bless you

Video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D6gWn-KzSw

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by naptu2: 1:53am On Apr 10, 2019
naptu2:
Nigeria 3-0 Gabon (Tunisia '94)

Sunday Oliseh's amazing pass and Yekini's spectacular goal put Nigeria ahead.


Mutiu Adepoju's good turn and shot extended the lead.


And a trademark rocket freekick by Yekini sealed the victory.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXxsP2GNc3k

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by naptu2: 1:54am On Apr 10, 2019
naptu2:
The craziest and most nerve-racking matches were


Nigeria vs Algeria in the semi-final of Maroc '88 (the one with the unending penalties).


The Miracle of Damman (the quarter-final of Saudi '89).

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast (the semi-final of Tunisia '94).

Nigeria vs Brazil at Atlanta '96.



I lost my voice and I could have sworn that my heart stopped beating during this game.

This was a game between the two most star studded teams in the competition. They were probably the two best teams in Africa at that time.

The 1994 Super Eagles team needs no introduction, so I'll tell you about the Ivorians.

They had the African legend, Abdoulaye Traore as their captain. They also had one of the best goalkeepers in Alaine Gouamene (who we renamed Allan Quartermaine).

They had Joel Tiehi and the Atletico Madrid star, Serge Alaine Maguy. They also had a young Ahmed Ouattara on the bench.


But I had never heard of Michel Basole before and he was the person that almost killed me on that day. He scored both of Ivory Coast's goals.

Thank heavenly God for Ben Iroha. Iroha injured both Michel Basole and Abdoulaye Traore (they both had to be substituted) and he only got a yellow card.

Not only did Iroha take out both of the Ivorian's danger men, but he also combined beautifully with Yekini to score the first goal (yes, a defender scored our equaliser). Then Yekini scored the equaliser for us.

The rest of the game became a crazy battle between Yekini and Gouamene. Alaine Gouamene showed why he was one of the best goalkeepers in Africa at that time. There was nothing that Yekini did not do, but Gouamene was always in his way.

This led to that famous shot of Westerhof asking God, "Why?"


It was 2-2 at the end of extra time, so the game went to penalties. Westerhof said that he decided that Yekini must take the last penalty because he had the most missed chances.

Of course Yekini scored and took Nigeria to the final.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY4q43juBbY

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by naptu2: 1:58am On Apr 10, 2019
Nigeria 2-0 Zaire. Both goals were by Rashidi Yekini. The way that he controlled the ball for the first goal was simply amazing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLWLiQ4_n2U

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by naptu2: 1:58am On Apr 10, 2019
naptu2:
Nigeria 3-0 Bulgaria (USA '94).

The Nigerian media didn't really believe that the Eagles would win this match. All we heard about before the game was Stoichkov, Kostadinov, Stoichkov, Kostadinov.


Goals by Yekini, Amokachi and Amunike gave Nigeria a 3-0 victory.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbD7hu3nBE8

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by Nobody: 2:13am On Apr 10, 2019
naptu2:

USA 94
Love you daddy. I swear
I was privileged to watch this match live
My papa forget say he carry pikin enter stadium.
I no see my papa for over 30 minutes
When I see daddy he don turn drummer for supporters club
Baba don shayo dey shake him big belle as he dey drum with ecstasy. Tears full him eyes.
Match end he begin run go stand where he feel say I dey dey shout my name dey go. As bad guy I just dey follow am for yansh ,I dey feel him pain. As I tap am na so I hear sorry sorry dont tell mummy. We snap with all the players one by one.
Taaaa I no go upload. Make my village people wey dey hear no go activate their 4G on top my head

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by naptu2: 2:14am On Apr 10, 2019
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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by johnie: 2:52am On Apr 10, 2019
naptu2:
Tags: Johnie Gbosaa
Thanks for the mention.
Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by johnie: 3:42am On Apr 10, 2019
Wonderful speech by Oliseh.

They couldn't have picked a better person to give it.

That team remains the best Nigeria has ever produced.

I agree that a street should be named after the squad in every street, no matter if the street is fine or not.

Kudos to NFF for this honour.

Sad that Keshi, Uche Okafor, Rashidi Yekini, Thompson Oliha, and Wilfred Agbonavbare are no longer with us.


the team achieved the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by an African football team. (fifth) incidentally in April 1994 - exactly 25 years ago.

Clemens Westerhof and the Babangida regime deserve credible mentions for their role in developing the team.

Westerhof was given enough time to work on the team despite the early challenges the team faced.

Westerhof took charge of the team immediately after losing the Italia '90 World Cup ticket to Cameroon, taking the team to the finals of the Algiers '90 Nations Cup and four years later winning the Tunisia '94 Natiins Cup and getting the team into the second round of USA'94 World Cup.

The support for Westerhof and the team by the government, in my opinion, was unprecedented.

I don't recall Babangida being at the stadium to watch any match but Admiral Augustus Aikhomu was always there.

Air Commodore Emeka Omerua (the comedienne Chigurl's father) was sports minister then.

I've always wondered why airforce officers were put in charge of the sports ministry in those days - Omeruah, Bayo Alfa, Anthony Ikhazobor.

Thinking back now, I just realised that all of this was in the midst of the June 12 saga. Hmm...

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by johnie: 3:45am On Apr 10, 2019
1994 World Cup team list

1 Peter RUFAI Goalkeeper 24 August 1963
2 Augustine EGUAVOEN Defender 19 August 1965
3 Ben IROHA Defender 29 November 1969
4 Stephen KESHI Defender 23 January 1962
5 Uche OKECHUKWU Defender 27 September 1967
6 Chidi NWANU Defender 1 January 1967
7 Finidi GEORGE Forward 15 April 1971
8 Thompson OLIHA Midfielder 4 October 1968
9 Rasheed YEKINI Forward 23 October 1963
10 Jay Jay OKOCHA Midfielder 14 August 1973
11 Emmanuel AMUNEKE Midfielder 25 December 1970
12 Samson SIASIA Forward 14 August 1967
13 Emeka EZEUGO Defender 16 December 1965
14 Daniel AMOKACHI Forward 30 December 1972
15 Sunday OLISEH Midfielder 14 September 1974
16 Alloy AGU Goalkeeper 12 July 1967
17 Victor IKPEBA Forward 12 June 1973
18 Efan EKOKU Forward 8 June 1967
19 Michael EMENALO Defender 14 July 1965
20 Uche OKAFOR Defender 8 August 1967
21 Mutiu ADEPOJU Midfielder 22 December 1970
22 Wilfred AGBONAVBARE Goalkeeper 5 October 1966
WESTERHOF Clemens (NED) Coach

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by johnie: 3:49am On Apr 10, 2019
Super Eagles ’94 Squad

Manager
Clemens Westerhof

Players

No Player Date Of Birth Caps

GoalKeepers
1 Peter Rufai 24 August 1963 55
16 Alloysius Agu 12 July 1967 –
22 Wilfred Agbonavbare 5 October 1966 –

Defenders
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

Midfielders
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

Forwards
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 –

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by devigblegble: 3:50am On Apr 10, 2019
Ain’t no squad in the Nigerian football history than these squad, I’m honored to be part of the generation that watched them play . The whole world feared these team even Brazil , Argentina couldn’t stop them ..

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by ReeLoaDead(m): 3:50am On Apr 10, 2019
On this silver anniversary of that golden Super Eagles team that rocked the stage in AFCON 1994 and WC 1994, may our present day Super Eagles go on to win AFCON 2019 in style too! cool

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by DEHVEHLOP(m): 3:53am On Apr 10, 2019
Good to hear that the teams had more Yoruba players than any other tribe...










Mutiu Adepoju, Rashidi Yekini And so on

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by EngrMcDon(m): 3:54am On Apr 10, 2019
When Super Eagles were superb, they are trying now shaaa, it isn't easy

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by Sweetcollins: 3:57am On Apr 10, 2019
Untimely
Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by boolet: 4:00am On Apr 10, 2019
Clemens Westerhof was the man.

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by deltateam: 4:04am On Apr 10, 2019
True Okocha was one of the best dribblers Nigeria ever had, he could dribble the players one by one and even the goal keeper but he wasn't a great finisher. He would kick the ball wild over the post and spit away. In fact his saliva decorated every pitch he ever played on.

Guys I lie?

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by deltateam: 4:06am On Apr 10, 2019
hsafarms:
Igbo has more illiterates than any other tribes in Nigeria....




That's why they had more players in the national team than Yoruba and Hausa...






Igbo illiteracy amaka

Lai Mohammed must be your uncle.

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by deltateam: 4:11am On Apr 10, 2019
The problem is not allowing our young players to develop properly but promoting them to senior team immediately they show slight promise.

Another reason is politics and godfatherism in football. Lack of funds and mismanagement.

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by rossi49ja(m): 4:14am On Apr 10, 2019
hsafarms:
Igbo has more illiterates than any other tribes in Nigeria....




That's why they had more players in the national team than Yoruba and Hausa...






Igbo illiteracy amaka
I hope you are proud of the crap you wrote undecided

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by YesNo(m): 4:15am On Apr 10, 2019
That was 25 furrrrrrrrking years ago and thats what we are holding on to as one of the biggest football nations in Africa.

I get am before no be property

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by 12large1: 4:22am On Apr 10, 2019
1994 this 1994 that abeg shut up. At the end of the day, history will remember them for winning a nations cup and “round of 16” at World Cup. Keshi 2013 team has already equaled that achievement and no one is salivating over them

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by IjebuWarrior: 4:22am On Apr 10, 2019
tongue
Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by Evercurious(f): 4:25am On Apr 10, 2019
YesNo:
That was 25 furrrrrrrrking years ago and thats what we are holding on to as one of the biggest football nations in Africa.

I get am before no be property

My dear naa property ooh e no like say den never born you by that time. If not you for nay dry talk like this

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by IjebuWarrior: 4:30am On Apr 10, 2019
DEHVEHLOP:
Good to hear that the teams had more Yoruba players than any other tribe...

Mutiu Adepoju, Rashidi Yekini And so on

Peter Rufai is also Yoruba btw...

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by FortuneDeGreat(m): 4:37am On Apr 10, 2019
hsafarms:
Igbo has more illiterates than any other tribes in Nigeria....




That's why they had more players in the national team than Yoruba and Hausa...






Igbo illiteracy amaka
Guy, dem swear for you? So Yoruba, Hausa and Fulani are more educated than Europeans.

This guy mehnnnn, you must have phd in stupidity. But all the same, you funny shaa grin grin grin

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by martowskin1(m): 4:43am On Apr 10, 2019
Oliseh is good with the microphone

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by tomdon(m): 4:47am On Apr 10, 2019
johnie:
Wonderful speech by Oliseh.

They couldn't have picked a better person to give it.

That team remains the best Nigeria has ever produced.

I agree that a street should be named after the squad in every street, no matter if the street is fine or not.

Kudos to NFF for this honour.

Sad that Keshi, Uche Okafor, Rashidi Yekini, Thompson Oliha, and Wilfred Agbonavbare are no longer with us.


the team achieved the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by an African football team. (fifth) incidentally in April 1994 - exactly 25 years ago.

Clemens Westerhof and the Babangida regime deserve credible mentions for their role in developing the team.

Westerhof was given enough time to work on the team despite the early challenges the team faced.

Westerhof took charge of the team immediately after losing the Italia '90 World Cup ticket to Cameroon, taking the team to the finals of the Algiers '90 Nations Cup and four years later winning the Tunisia '94 Natiins Cup and getting the team into the second round of USA'94 World Cup.

The support for Westerhof and the team by the government, in my opinion, was unprecedented.

I don't recall Babangida being at the stadium to watch any match but Admiral Augustus Aikhomu was always there.

Air Commodore Emeka Omerua (the comedienne Chigurl's father) was sports minister then.

I've always wondered why airforce officers were put in charge of the sports ministry in those days - Omeruah, Bayo Alfa, Anthony Ikhazobor.

Thinking back now, I just realised that all of this was in the midst of the June 12 saga. Hmm...


Wow all these things are nostalgic. I remember Us94 as well and I was not even a teenager yet

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Re: Sunday Oliseh Reveals The Secret Behind The Success Of The 1994 Super Eagles. by GavelSlam: 5:00am On Apr 10, 2019
Nigeria Vs Senegal at Nations cup in Lagos.

That match catch fire.


Aghaowa saved our blushes.

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