Kennedy Boboye says failure to make 1996 Olympics is his greatest regret

Kennedy Boboye says failure to make 1996 Olympics is his greatest regret

- Kennedy Boboye has recounted the event that forced him out of Nigeria's squad to 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games

- The former striker revealed he featured in all the qualifiers towards the tournament except the last match

- Boboye said he had an accident which did not heal in time and was then excluded from the team

Former Nigerian striker Kennedy Boboye has named his failure to make the Atlanta Olympic Games squad in 1996 as his greatest regret ever as a player.

The 42-year-old who currently manages Nigeria Professional Football League outfit Akwa United revealed that he featured in all the qualification games but the last one due to a car accident.

Boboye said his injury failed to heal up in time and that was the reason he was dropped from the Dream Team that went ahead to rule the world following their triumph in the men's football event.

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Coach Bonfere Jo-led team beat Argentina 3-2 in the final of the competition to become the first-ever African team to achieve the feat of winning Olympics gold in football.

A goal each from Celestine Babayaro, Daniel Amokachi, and Emmanuel Amunike rendered Claudio Lopez and Hernan Crespo's strikes mere consolations.

"I played in all d qualifiers for '96 Olympics except d last game cos of car accident injuries," he said while sharing one of his throwback pictures.

"I didn’t recover on time to make d squad to Atlanta & that ruled me out of having an Olympic gold medal around my neck. That's my biggest regret ever. I thank God for life though. #TBT."

Boboye got his playing career started in Port Harcourt after signing for the defunct Sharks FC in 1990 before moving to Udoji FC a few years after.

His exploits with Nigeria's U23 team got him a deal with Paris based club Saint-Denis Saint-Leu and then proceeded to in Fortuna Düsseldorf between 1997 and 98.

The former Sunshine Stars and Plateau United handler hanged his boots in 2004 after returning NPFL club Dolphins. earlier reported that former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze has debunked claims of an agreement among players to boycott the 2002 World Cup for some reason.

The 39-year-old made his debut at the global football showpiece under former coach Adegboye Onigbinde where Nigeria failed to progress beyond the group stages.

Chief Onigbinde was hired by the Nigeria Football Federation barely three months before the start of the championship who dropped about 10 experienced players in the team.

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