first_img Exactly 40 years ago on March 22nd 1980, the Green Eagles led by Christian Chukwu defeated Algeria 3-0 in Lagos to cart home the diadem for the very first time. Speaking on the 40 years anniversary of the victory, Dare said ” We salute the gallantry of the victorious 1980 Nations cup winning Green 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, but they also 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”Advertisement Forty years after winning the most coveted Football trophy on the continent,  Youth and Sports Development  Minister Mr. Sunday Dare has lavished encomium on the victorious 1980  Green Eagles. Dare said the Government had planned to celebrate the 40 year anniversary by honouring members of the epoch-making team, but this was put on hold due to the outbreak of the covid-19 which led to the suspension of all sporting activities. “We were planning to celebrate this anniversary in style in honour  of these great patriots, but due to the covid-19 scourge, we had to put it on hold. 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 can not be forgotten” Speaking in the same vein, Nigerian Football Ambassador Daniel Amokachi described the team as more talented than the 1994 Nations cup  Super Eagles squad. ” “The 1980 Green Eagles are the most talented Nigerian team,  they were even better than the 1994 Squad that a lot of Nigerians considered very talented. This team is under-celebrated. Imagine a team that had Best Ogedegbe,Kadiri Ikhana,Muda Lawal ,Segun Odegbami ,Adokiye Amiesimaka,Christian Chukwu, ,Tunde Bamidele ,Alosius Atuegbu,Segun Odegbami  and Henry Nwosu among others. We have not done justice to these players because there is no archives detailing their achievements. Television was not too common then, so a lot of the younger generation did not watch them play. Each time i watch the old video,I get inspired. They deserve to be celebrated more because their achievement encouraged a lot of younger players. They were not only talented, but they were also patriots and heroes who opened up opportunities for many younger players. Read Also:Crown FC Appreciate Sunday Dare for Repairing Stadium Pavilion 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. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO Historylast_img

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