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.
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