History of Football – The Beautiful Game: Nigeria

1994-1998 were unforgettable years for Nigeria's National Team, made up of players who played for the youth national team who won the '93 U17 World Cup in Japan and also the senior team who won the '94 African Cup of Nations. These players were tipped to leave their mark on World Cup '94 in USA and as a result reached the last 16 to face Italy. They almost found their way to the last 8 until Roberto Baggio scored two minutes before the final whistle to take it to ET, he also eventually got the winner in ET (Italy 2-1 Nigeria).

In 96 they won Gold at the Summer Olympics beating the likes of Brazil in the Semi's and Argentina in the final.

Here is a clip of the beautiful game in Nigeria, touching on some interesting points.

Notable players: Finidi Geroge, Rashidi Yekini, Jay-Jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, Nwankwo Kanu, Taribo West, Stephen Keshi (led Nigeria to AFCON glory in 2013)

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