USA’94 FIFA WORLD CUP: Some Eagles were jealous of Yekini — Oliseh
Former Super Eagles Captain , Sunday Oliseh believes Nigeria could have gotten better results from Rashidi Yekini at USA 94 and the team could have done better but for the deep rooted division in the team.
The once revered midfielder told superSport.com “The only reason why I am saying this is that for the future and for the country, for people to learn and because I feel that honours have not been given to Yekini like it should…some players had beefs with Yekini and all that”
So many people have always wondered why Yekini would celebrate alone after scoring Nigeria’s first ever goal in the Fifa world cup when he opened scoring against Bulgaria in that hot afternoon in Dallas. It was a sweeping move began by Oliseh who won the ball deep in Nigeria’s half.His quick change of pace and precision passing to Daniel Amokachi who brilliantly guided the ball down the right flank to Finidi George .
Finidi exploded down the flank and picked out Yekini for the simple tap in,score and the stadium erupted into a sea of green and white and joyous chants of Nigeria.
The world would watch in amazement as Yekini rushed into the net and alone, all alone, like that famous line from the rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. He would chant, scream all by himself, an image that personified the legendary goalscorer supreme and one of the defining moments of USA 94.No one came to meet him.
“Of course he had some beef with some players because I was in the background, I was watching everybody and I know those who were…”
“Some of our our players were madly, sickly, mentally jealous and the moment Yekini was named the highest player. he was leaving for Panathinaikos. There was some jealousy there and Yekini himself, was not smart enough to calm things down…but with due respect…”
Oliseh believes Yekini was special, “which other striker do we have in the history of Nigeria, who strikes 30 metres shots. If Yekini can count the number of goals at the highest level, it will be over a hundred… of all the strikers we talk about in Nigeria, which other striker?” he asked.
“None! None! None! “He exclaimed “None!…the only striker that comes close was maybe Ikpeba…None! None! None!” Oliseh recalled.