Adepoju: USA ’94 Super Eagles Were Ready For Big Teams In Group Stage

Adepoju: USA ’94 Super Eagles Were Ready For Big Teams In Group Stage

By James Agberebi: Former Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has claimed that the Super Eagles squad to the USA 1994 World Cup were not fazed about who they got in the group stage, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

After qualifying for the World Cup for the first time at the 1994 edition in USA, the Super Eagles were drawn in Group D with Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece who also made their debut.

The Eagles eventually topped the group on six points and qualified for round of 16, after wins against Bulgaria and Greece, while losing to Argentina.

Reminiscing on what the mood was like for the Super Eagles players back then prior to the USA 1994 World Cup draw, Adepoju stated that they were ready to face any country.

“We never had any problem or anxiety over which team we were to be drawn with,” Adepoju, who played in all the group games and the round of 16 clash against Italy at USA 1994 World Cup, told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“After qualifying for the first time for the World Cup, we just wanted to go there and have a good experience . We were not thinking of who to meet, we just wanted to go there, make Nigeria and Africa proud.”

Adepoju, who was also in the Eagles squad to France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002 World Cups, added: “Even after the 1994 World Cup draw where we eventually got Argentina, we didn’t feel anything. Knowing that we would face them with Maradona, that also didn’t put fear in us. We just wanted the World Cup to start so that we could show the world what we could do.”

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  • Omesiete Blessing F. 10 months ago

    The last time two African teams(Nigeria and Cameroon) won an under 23 men’s football competition at Atlanta, Olympic(football) lost its real taste. I see 2 things in 2018 world cup: Nigeria playing against Russia in group stage and lifting the world’s cup. I pray the world’s most prestigious cup never lose its taste(Amin)

  • omo9ja 10 months ago

    I’m having the same feeling for the current team. After the Argentina’s match, the confidence has arrived.i can tell the whole world confidently now that we almost having a team that will make Africa and the whole black raised proud and before the world cup begins, we will be ready to face the world in sha Allah. So therefore, no shaking. We are waiting for the draws. But the only thing that the current team is lacking is good jersey. look at this picture, you can tell that we had everything in it. Great team, great kits and great supporters. I am using this medium to tell the NFF to get the Super Eagles a decent kids for all the national teams of Nigeria. The white of the jersey matching our flag and likewise the green colour of the jersey, the should please stop using the dark green for our home kits. I’m begging NFF to follow the our flag colour. Argentina and Brazil never change flags colours because of “modern days or new era” but while Nigeria? For you to be the best among the best, you have to do the right thing. 1994, we had a great team, beautiful kids. Atlanta 1996, great team, great kits but 2018 world cup? We are watching. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • omo9ja 10 months ago

    I’m having the same feeling for the current team. After the Argentina’s match, the confidence has arrived.i can tell the whole world confidently now that we almost having a team that will make Africa and the whole black raised proud and before the world cup begins, we will be ready to face the world in sha Allah. So therefore, no shaking. We are waiting for the draws. But the only thing that the current team is lacking is good jersey. look at this picture, you can tell that it had everything in it. Great team, great kits and great supporters. I am using this medium to tell the NFF to get the Super Eagles a decent kids for all the national teams of Nigeria. The white of the jersey matching our flag and likewise the green colour of the jersey, they should please stop using the dark green for our home kits. I’m begging NFF to follow our flag colour. Argentina and Brazil never changed their flags colours because of “modern days or new era” but while Nigeria? For you to be the best among the best, you have to do the right thing. 1994, we had a great team, beautiful kits. Atlanta 1996, great team, great kits but 2018 world cup? We are 

  • Enof of diz ’94 pipu abeg
    Wah was d highest feet u attained
    It was attained in Brazil and we ain’t even talking abau dem
    Let’s focus on Russia jare

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