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History book: 29-years anniversary of Nigeria’s 1994 AFCON title win

It is exactly 29 years today since Nigeria defeated Zambia to win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations – AFCON title.


Grouped alongside Egypt and Gabon in Group B, Nigeria`s golden generation made a bright start to the tournament with a 3-0 win over Gabon. Late Rashidi Yekini scored a brace while  Mutiu Adepoju scored the other goal for the Eagles.

The second game was a goalless draw against Egypt and it was enough to book a place in the knockout stages for both teams.


Zaire finished top of Group A and so were paired against Group B runners-up Nigeria in the quarter-final. They were no pushovers but thanks to a Rashidi Yekini brace, Nigeria zoomed into the semi-finals.


A game vs arch-rivals Ivory Coast was set in the semi-final at the El-Menzah in Tunis on 6th April 1994.

Ben Iroha and Late Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria`s goals in a 2-2 regulation-time draw. Nigeria emerged victorious 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the final.


Rufai, Oliseh, and Keshi celebrating the title
Rufai, Oliseh, and Keshi celebrating the title

On April 10, 1994, the Clement Westerhof tutored Eagles arrived at the Stade El Menzah in Tunisia eyeing a second AFCON title.

In opposition was a Zambian team put together following a devastating tragedy.

Nigeria won 2-1, and Emmanuel Amuneke scored both goals to Litana`s 3rd-minute strike for Zambia.

Today (April 10, 2023) marks 29 years since that famous AFCON title triumph.

See below the Nigerian squad to the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia.

Goalkeepers: Peter Rufai, Wilfred Agbonavbare, Alloy Agu

Defenders: Stephen Keshi, Austin Eguavoen, Uche Okafor, Uche Okechukwu, Isaac Semitoje, Ben Iroha, Nduka Ugbade

Midfielders: Sunday Oliseh, Mutiu Adepoju, Edema Fuludu, Thompson Oliha, Austin Okocha,

Forwards: Efan Ekoku, Rashidi Yekini, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke, Victor Ikpeba, Finidi George

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