Federal Government plans huge reception for 1980 Green Eagles
Amokachi charges staff higher than 1994 set
Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has lavished praises on the 1980 class of the senior nationwide soccer staff, the Green Eagles, who received Nigeria’s first continental trophy 40 years in the past in Lagos.
Exactly 40 years in the past yesterday, the Green Eagles, led by Christian Chukwu, defeated Algeria 3-Zero in Lagos to cart house the African Cup of Nations for the primary time.
Speaking on the 40-year anniversary of the victory, Dare mentioned, “We salute the gallantry of the victorious 1980 Nations Cup successful Green Eagles for bringing glory and honour to our fatherland.
“Their feat opened a new chapter in the history of Nigerian football and inspired generations of younger players to excel on the field of play. They not only arrested the attention of world football, they opened opportunities for others to pursue professional football.
“A big congratulations to all members of that great team for winning the Nations Cup for the first time on home soil. Their achievement brings fond memories to us about the never say die Nigerian spirit.”
Dare mentioned the federal government had deliberate to have fun the 40-year anniversary by honouring members of the epoch making staff, however this was placed on maintain because of the outbreak of the Covid-19, which has led to the suspension of all sporting actions.
“We had been planning to have fun this anniversary in type in honour of those nice patriots, however because of the Covid-19 scourge, we needed to put it on maintain.
“Once the situation returns to normal, we shall celebrate these worthy Nigerians. We shall continue to honour those that have won laurels for our great country. Their immense sacrifice cannot be forgotten.”
Speaking in the identical vein, Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi described the staff as extra gifted than the 1994 Nations Cup Super Eagles squad.
“The 1980 Green Eagles are essentially the most gifted Nigerian staff, they had been even higher than the 1994 Squad that a variety of Nigerians thought of very gifted. This staff is below celebrated.
“Imagine a staff that had Best Ogedegbe, Kadiri Ikhana, Muda Lawal, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Christian Chukwu, Tunde Bamidele, Aloysius Atuegbu, Segun Odegbami and Henry Nwosu, amongst others.
“We haven’t accomplished justice to those gamers as a result of there isn’t any archives detailing their achievements. Television was not too widespread then, so a variety of youthful technology didn’t watch them play. Each time I watch the previous movies, I get impressed.
“They need to be celebrated extra as a result of their achievement inspired a variety of youthful gamers. They weren’t solely gifted; they had been patriots and heroes, who opened up alternatives for a lot of youthful gamers.
“They have a big space in the history of not only Nigerian Football, but Africa and the world at large. They can never be forgotten any time the history of football is discussed,” Amokachi affirmed.