Two Nigerian superstars with long-standing relationships with Complete Sports have joined thousands in congratulating the country’s number one sports publication on its 20th anniversary.
Complete Sports came into existence on 18 December 1995 during the golden era of Nigerian football, one year after the country’s second Africa Cup of Nations title and first participation at the FIFA World Cup in 1994, and just months before the famous Dream Team won men’s gold at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
Two keys players of that era, Mutiu Adepoju of the Super Eagles 1994 squad and Victor Ikpeba of the Dream Team, have joined in Complete Sports’ 20th anniversary celebrations.
Both ex-internationals personally delivered their congratulations over the weekend in Lagos to Complete Communications Limited Group Managing Director, Alhaji Mumini Alao, who incidentally covered most of their glorious moments for Complete Sports and other CCL publications back in the day.
Adepoju and Ikpeba are also part of the Complete Sports legacy as they got their famous nicknames from the newspaper’s sister publications.
Complete Football named Adepoju ‘Headmaster’ during the countdown to the USA ’94 World Cup for his remarkable heading ability, while Complete Football International honoured Ikpeba with ‘Prince of Monaco’ when he won the African Footballer of the Year award while playing for Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in 1997.
Both stars are still known by these nicknames and remain friends with the Complete Sports family.
Another former African Footballer of the Year, Nwankwo Kanu, who was also in the Dream Team squad in 1996, congratulated Complete Sports on Thursday.