Nigeria men’s Team at the Olympics, 1996.


Atlanta August 3rd 1996 will remain a day to remember in the anal of history for all Nigerians, as the men’s team of Nigeria under jo bonfre brought home the most cherish gold from that tournament.


Nigeria defeated Hungary 1-0 for the first leg, when Kanu netted home at the 44 mins.


Bagangida and Okocha made us proud, 2-0 between Nigeria and Japan in our 2nd leg.


Our first defeat came via Brazil Ronaldo lone goal in the 3rd leg.


The Nigeria men’s team dealt terribly with Mexico in the quarter finals stage when Okocha and Babayaro made it 2-0. 


The Nigerian game in the tournament and so many tagged it as the finals of all finals was when they locked horns with Brazil in the semi-finals.


Coming from the backdrop of losing to Brazil in the 3rd leg it was a fight to finish.


In the 1st minute, Brazil had one goal. Nigeria pull one back via an own goal and before the 1st half, it was Brazil 3, Nigeria 1.


Second half came and the game was all Brazil. The samba boys dealt terribly with the Nigerian men’s team with reckless abandonment, after all, the odds was in their favour.


Ikpeba of the super eagle got a call in the 78th mins from the gods of soccer and pull one back making it 3-2.


That was when OUR BOYS WERE let loosed.


Kanu equalized in the 90th Mins, and as required then of the golden goal rules, he also scored the golden goal and the Nigerian men’s team had the day and the gold was brought home.


That was the best team of the senior men’s team.


That is Nigeria football in history.



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