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'Chief Justice' Adokiye Amiesimaka - Nigeria's Greatest Ever Left Winger by Rossntti: 11:15pm On Dec 12, 2020
Those of you born after the era of the great Adokiye Amiesimaka, have no idea what you missed.

Adokiye was the Super Eagles No 11.

An attacking left winger with the most glorious dribbling skills you can ever imagine.

His counterpart on the right was the great 'Mathematical' Segun Odegbami, Nigeria greatest ever No 7, and another dribbling genius in his own right.

Adokiye was the embodiment of sexy football. Other candidates of latter years were Kanu and Finidi George.

But Adokiye was the master.

Watching Adokiye dribble players as he rolled down the left wing, to either then move in to the box himself, or cross to Segun Odegbami to finish up, was the highlight of Super Eagles games in the late 70s and early 80s.

He earned his nickname 'Chief Justice' because he was studying law while playing for the Super Eagles.

If only we had videos of all the skilful moves of Adokiye Amiesimaka .... NTA, how far na?


Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt


Re: 'Chief Justice' Adokiye Amiesimaka - Nigeria's Greatest Ever Left Winger by Rossntti: 11:22pm On Dec 12, 2020

Adokiye Amiesimaka (born 23 November 1956) is a Nigerian footballer, who as a law student at the University of Lagos played for the Enugu Rangers Football Club (of Enugu), Sharks Football Club (of Port Harcourt), African Continental Bank Football Club, Lagos, and the Nigeria national football team. Playing as a winger on the left of midfield, Adokiye’s pace and dribbling runs were a distinguishing feature of his footballing career.

Adokiye was a member of the Nigerian side that won gold at the African Cup of Nations in 1980 and played at the soccer finals of the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also represented Nigeria at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Adokiye attended CMS Grammar School, Lagos, where as captain of the school’s soccer team he won Lagos State’s Principals’ Cup in a much-talked about final that featured St. Finbarr’s College (Lagos). He went on to read law at the University of Lagos,

A former Chairman of Sharks Football Club (of Port Harcourt), Adokiye has the stadium in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State named after him. He is also a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Rivers State, having served previously as Director of Public Prosecution in the state.


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Re: 'Chief Justice' Adokiye Amiesimaka - Nigeria's Greatest Ever Left Winger by pharmagba: 11:37pm On Dec 12, 2020
Friday Elaho and Amuneke are also good

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Re: 'Chief Justice' Adokiye Amiesimaka - Nigeria's Greatest Ever Left Winger by Rossntti: 11:42pm On Dec 12, 2020
Friday Elaho and Amuneke are also good

I agree. They were good. In fact I'd say Amunike was a deadlier No 11 than Adokiye, in terms of goal threat. He could dribble too.

But Adokiye had greater finesse and composure on the ball, and could dribble and cross better.

Start at 2.27 to watch Adokiye in a little action.


Highlights of the 1980 AFCON Final, Nigeria v Algeria in Lagos.


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