Former international, Segun Odegbami has revealed that he is unfulfilled as a former player for missing two World Cups.
The 70-year-old enjoyed success during his football career, winning three Nigeria Premier League titles and one FA Cup trophy with Shooting Stars of Ìbàdàn.
The fleet-footed winger was part of Nigeria’s squad that won their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980, where he emerged as the top-scorer in the tournament with 3 goals (he scored 2 goals in the final).
“I feel unfulfilled not to have played at the World Cup. If I had gone to either of the two or both World Cups or played in the final of the Caf Champions League, I would have been named Africa’s best player very easily, but those two events stopped that in my career.”
Nigeria came close to earning a place at the 1978 and 1982 World Cup tournaments during Odegbami’s time but narrowly missed out after losing their last qualifying games. He was nominated for African Best Footballer Award three times. He came second on one occasion (1980) and third on another occasion (1977).
Odegbami had 47 caps for the Super Eagles, scoring 22 goals before his retirement from the national team.