Emmanuel Amunike, Nigerian football’s previous honor, talked about the Super Eagles’ failure against Italy in 1994.
In 1994, Clemens Westerhof’s Nigeria planned to achieve the best result for an African team at the World Cup. In the end, and despite a shimmering game and also a great success against the future Bulgarian semi-finalist (3-0), the Super Eagles failed to cross the eighth milestone. The African champions had lowered their flag against Roberto Baggio’s Italy. One of the Nigerian stars on the team, Emmanuel Amunike, talked about this painful elimination. For him it was the cause of “distractions”.