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Amokachi Names Yekini, Keshi, Okocha In Super Eagles World Cup Best XI

Amokachi Names Yekini, Keshi, Okocha In Super Eagles World Cup Best XI

By James Agberebi:

Former Nigeria international Daniel Amokachi named the late Rashidi Yekini and Stephen Keshi, Austin Okocha, Sunday Oliseh in his Super Eagles World Cup all-time eleven.

Amokachi disclosed his Super Eagles all-time eleven on English publication Guardian Sports in their Russia 2018 World Cup countdown.

Also in the eleven which is in a 4-3-3 formation, are Finidi George, Emmanuel Amuneke, Okechukwu Uche, Austin Eguavoen, Ben Iroha and Amokachi himself.

The former Everton and Besiktas forward was a teammate to all the players he selected in his Super Eagles all-time World Cup XI. The team won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and helped Nigeria qualify for their first World Cup in the 1994.

Speaking on his selection, Amokachi said: “Given Nigeria’s rich history and record at international level, there are many players to choose from but I have gone with a lot of those I played with because I truly believe it represented a unique period in Nigeria’s history with the Nations Cup triumph in 1994 and our qualification for the World Cup that same year when we proved we can compete with the very best.

“Peter Rufai is the undisputed choice for me as goalkeeper because he was huge for us in both the Nations Cup win and the World Cup performance in 1994, acting not just as a superb final line of defence but also as a leader from the back.

“Augustine Eguavoen is my pick for the right-back slot but the left-back position is slightly more difficult. Celestine Babayaro was brilliant for both Nigeria and at club level, especially for Chelsea, but I will go for Ben Iroha because I think he provided an extra spark to the Nigeria team in attack.

“Stephen Keshi’s place in Nigeria’s history is undisputed so his position in this team is not up for discussion but Nigeria has had some superb centre-backs and natural leaders, including Christian Chukwu, who captained the Super Eagles to a first Nations Cup title in 1980. My choice as partner for Keshi, however, is Uche Okechukwu who was rock solid for Nigeria in two Nations Cup finals – 1990 and 1994 – as well as playing central roles in two round of 16 finishes at the World Cup for Nigeria.

“I want my Nigeria team to line up in a 4-3-3 formation so we can accommodate the many attacking talents to have pulled on the national jersey. The anchorman in midfield is a simple decision: Sunday Oliseh. He could shield the defence, he was a good tackler, he had a great pass and he scored when you needed him to.

“To complement Oliseh’s steel in that midfield will be the flair of Jay Jay Okocha, who could do practically anything he wanted with that ball to set up Nigeria’s attack. Then I will stick myself in that three as a sort of support striker, playing behind the main striker. I always thrived for Nigeria in that position because it allowed me to see the game better, to roam about in front a bit, pick up loose balls and feed the main man up front.

“And there is only one choice for the main striker. For me it has to be Rashidi Yekini, the record goalscorer for Nigeria, with 37 goals in 62 games. His record for Nigeria was excellent. He was also top scorer and player of the tournament for Nigeria at the 1994 Nations Cup in addition to scoring the country’s first ever World Cup goal. There are so many players who could play alongside Yekini in a front three.

“Tijani Babangida was brilliant and Segun Odegbami roamed the flanks with elegance in his days but I am going to choose Finidi George, formerly of Ajax, and the ex-Barcelona winger Emmanuel Amunike to provide good balance on the right and left wings.”

Amokachi’s Super Eagles’ World Cup All-time Xl

Peter Rufai

Austin Eguavoen

Stephen Keshi

Okechukwu Uche

Ben Iroha

Sunday Oliseh

Austin Okocha

Finidi George

Emmanuel Amuneke

Daniel Amokachi

Rashidi Yekini

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  • Daniel Amokachi and Stephen Keshi ? Kanu can still compete with Daniel !

    • Father.JP 3 years ago

      Are u kidding me bro??? KANU against Amokachi in pantheon of Nigeria’s world cup all time list??? Noooo na. Can u point out any significant contributions of Papilo in the 2 world cups he featured?

      Da Bull scored 2 goals in USA 94 and provided I think an assust. (Not too sure )

      His screamer against Greece was rated one of the best world cup goals and Africa’s all time best world cup goal

  • Magicrat 3 years ago

    A little Biased !!!

    I would take out Rufai and insert Enyeama. Rufai may have been good in 94 world cup, but was average in the 1998 edition (especially against Denmark). I will argue for West over Keshi

    • Magicrat 3 years ago

      Sorry, Keshi stays

    • Father.JP 3 years ago

      You just echoed my thoughts. I will go for Taribo West over Keshi who only played the dead rubber against Greece and his rustiness earned him a yellow card for a clumsy sliding tackle.

      Enyeama was massive in 2010 and in 2014 so he gets my nod over Dodo Mayana

  • Where are Kanu and Taribo West? Amokachi is entitled to his opinion.

  • Presh 3 years ago

    Those names he called out there were the greatest. Legendaries.

    • I will take out Amockachi for Alloyious Atuegbu. And the left full back goes to Sam Ojebode.

      • Father.JP 3 years ago

        Pls read his interview again. Did those names you mentioned played in any world cup for Naija

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    l pick Vincent Enyeama over Rufai. On local level, l will pick Okala, the best of his time. Who would ever forget ‘Ibaim’ of Pam Bank of Lagos and of Nigeria or even, Father Carr of Benin. Nigeria, as a football Nation, have got sweet long memory lanes particularly in good solid goal keepers.God Bless Nigeria.