By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie has refused to back some sections of Nigerian football fans
advocating for the naming of the Lagos National Stadium after the late Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the demise of the former Green Eagles midfielder who held
Africa spellbound with his football skills, but Akpoborie while speaking exclusively with Completesportsnigeria.com shot down the idea of naming the legendary Lagos National Stadium after the fallen hero.
“He died a hero quite alright. Dedicated footballer (Name the stadium after Okwaraji?) For what? Please!
Akpoborie then went on to remind all and sundry that Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets in 1985 won the FIFA/Kodak U-16
World Cup in China, the first time an African side would win a FIFA organised competition.
“11th of August was the day Nigeria won the FIFA U17 tournament for the first time in 1985. Did you remember that?
“It’s not just the authorities that has a problem, Nigerians just don’t have a culture to celebrate their own.
“So please don’t blame anybody, because you (the media) are also guilty,” Akpoborie stressed.
The former Hansa Rostock, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg of Germany striker however would not confirm to
Completesportsnigeria.com if there was any unfulfilled promises made to the then Golden Eaglets side coached by
Sebastien Imasuen brodericks that won the Cadet World Cup in China 29 years ago.