Former Nigeria international Ademola Adeshina says his absence in the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations final in Morocco led to Nigeria’s defeat to Cameroon.
Adeshina was sent off in the semi-final clash between Nigeria and Algeria with six minutes left in the game.
Just two minutes after his dismissal Algeria equalised and drag the game into extra-time before Nigeria went on to win 9-8 on penalties.
But in the final, Nigeria lost 1-0 to Cameroon following Emmanuel Kunde’s 55th minute penalty after Roger Miller was fouled inside the 18-yard box.
And reflecting on the 1988 final, the former Abiola Babes and Shooting Stars midfielder stated that his important role in the Eagles then would have led them to the title.
“If I’d played that final the game would have been different,” Adeshina said in a short video interview published on the Twitter handle of Kuli Kuli Football.
“Cameroon were so glad even Issa Hayatou (former CAF president) was so happy that I was out of the match because I was the key player and engine room then for Nigeria.
“If I’m playing Peter Rufai or any other keeper are always happy. Even late Stephen Keshi was always happy because I know how to organise, defend and also know how to attack.
“So I believe if I had played we would have won the match.”
The 63-year-old who is the current chairman of Osun United, represented Nigeria at three AFCONs in 1984, 1988 and 1990.
He also had a brief spell in Belgium with Sporting Lokeren.Copyright © 2023 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.