Nigeria at 1994 World Cup Tournament (Pictures, Video and Full Squad Included)

Nigeria at 1994 World cup
From left to right (2nd row): Okechukwu Uche (5), Samson Siasia (12), Augustine Eguavoen (2), George F (7), Chidi Nwanu (6), Peter Rufai (1). From left to right (1st row): Rashidi Yekini (6), Emmanuel Amunike (11), Sunday Oliseh (15), Benedict Iroha (3), Daniel Amokachi (14)

For the first time in the history of football, Nigeria participated in the FIFA world cup tournament held in USA in 1994 after many years of failed attempts. The Nigerian players were very determined and put in all their efforts to win the cup. With burning enthusiasm, the Nigerian team, coached by Clemens Westerhof, topped their group (Group D) followed by Bulgaria, Argentina and Greece.

Team|Pld|W|D|L|GF|GA|GD|Pts
Nigeria|3|2|0|1|6|2| 46
Bulgaria|3|2|0|1|6|3| 36
Argentina|3|2|0|1|6|3| 36
Greece|3|0|0|3|0|10|−100

In group stage, the Nigerian team (Super Eagles) defeated Bulgaria with 3 goals to nothing but lost to Argentina with a goal behind (1-2). Nigeria also defeated Greece with 2 goals to zero and qualified for the second round of the tournament. In the second round, Nigeria faced Italy but was defeated. Nigeria took the lead with a goal scored by Emmanuel Amunike at 25 minutes. Two minutes to the end of the match, an equalizer goal was scored by the Italian Roberto Baggio and the match was extended to an extra time where the same Roberto Baggio scored the winning goal for Italy. The match ended Italy- 2, Nigeria- 1.

Samson Siasia in action during a match against Greece
Samson Siasia in action during a match against Greece

Here is Nigeria’s 1994 World Cup squad

1 GK Peter Rufai
2 DF Augustine Eguavoen
3 DF Benedict Iroha
4 DF Stephen Keshi
5 DF Uche Okechukwu
6 DF Chidi Nwanu
7 FW Finidi George
8 MD Oliha Thompson
9 FW Rashidi Yekini
10 MD Augustine Okocha
11 FW Emmanuel Amunike
12 MD Samson Siasia
13 DF Emeka Ezeugo
14 FW Daniel Amokachi
15 MD Sunday Oliseh
16 GK Alloysius Agu
17 FW Victor Ikpeba
18 FW Efan Ekoku
19 DF Michael Emenalo
20 FW Uche Okafor
21 MD Mutiu Adepoju
22 GK Wilfred Agbonavbare
Coach: Clemens Westerhof

Watch the highlight of Nigeria Vs Argentina below

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