Yakubu Aiyegbeni has given his take on his famous open goal miss against South Korea at the 2010 World Cup.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni who was one of the biggest Nigerian stars at the time failed to convert a goal from a close range as Nigeria battled South Africa at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
A win for Nigeria who had lost two of their previous games to Argentina and Greece would have secured a place for the Super Eagles in the last 16.
Kalu Uche put Nigeria in front in the 12th minutes but goals from Lee Jung-Soo and Park Chu-Young gave South Korea a 2-1 lead, which looked to be enough for South Korea to advance into the round of 16.
Then the famous miss happened in the 66th minute of the game when Yakubu Aiyegbeni was just 4 yards away from scoring an open goal which he missed.
Although, he eventually scored a penalty to draw Nigeia level, a win for Nigeria would have given the Eagles a place in the last 16 instead of eliminations.
Reacting to the incidents in quote provided by Goal the former Everton striker said it was not the missed goal that stopped Nigeria from winning the world cup.
“I felt bad when I missed it but people still talk about it and are saying if I had scored, we should have gone to the next round,” the former Everton forward told Goal.
“Even if I scored, are we going to win the World Cup? That I am not sure of. ”
Watch the goal here
Happy 35th birthday to Yakubu Aiyegbeni, as he also retires from football today.
But can you all forgive him for this great miss against Korea ? pic.twitter.com/rdtASuheRy
— Biyi The Plug 🔌 (@BiyiThePlug) November 22, 2017