Former Super Eagles international. Mutiu Adepoju has revealed that his World Cup debut against Bulgaria is one the biggest moments of his career, the sportsbay.com reports.
Adepoju who is popularly known as ‘Headmaster’ stated this on his twitter handle, @MutiuAdepoju8 was part of the team that qualified Nigeria for her first ever World Cup in 1994
“On this day 26 years ago, I made history with Nigeria to feature in the country’s maiden World Cup game. The icing on the cake was a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria. This is no doubt one of the biggest highlights of my career as a footballer and I will never forget this day,” he said.
It will be recalled that the Super Eagles qualified for the mundial for the first time hosted by the United States of America (USA ’94) after overcoming Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria and were paired in Group D against Argentina, Greece and Bulgaria.
The Eagles who had no experience in the World Cup made a winning start under Dutch tactician, Clemens Westerhof by defeating Bulgaria 3-0 in Dallas with Rasheed Yekini, Daniel Amokachi and Emmanuel Amuneke getting the goals at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Adepoju who came on as a 69th-minute substitute for Samson Siasia to make his debut on the world stage.
Nigeria bowed 2-1 to Argentina at the Foxboro Stadium in the second game – with Claudio Caniggia’s brace cancelling out Samson Siasia’s opener after eight minutes.
The Eagles defeated Greece in the final group game 2-0 with the goals from Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi and thus qualified for the next round.
However, the Eagles who were named the most entertaining team of the tournament crashed out in the Round of 16 after losing 2-1 to Italy.
Adepoju, who is currently La Liga Ambassador played for Real Madrid, Racing Santander and Real Sociedad and was part of the 1998 and 2002 World Cups squad.
He retired from international football in 2002 after earning 48 caps and scoring six goals.
On this day 26 years ago, I made history with Nigeria to feature in the country's maiden World Cup game. The icing on the cake was a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria. This is no doubt one of the biggest highlights of my career as a footballer and I will never forget this day. pic.twitter.com/LZxgDAE3jG
— Mutiu Adepoju (@MutiuAdepoju8) June 21, 2020