Daniel Amokachi urges Nigerians to forgive Yakubu Aiyegbeni over World Cup miss

Daniel Amokachi urges Nigerians to forgive Yakubu Aiyegbeni over World Cup miss

- Daniel Amokachi claims he also missed great chances during his days

- Nigerians are still bittered with Yakubu Aiyegbeni for his famous miss at the 2010 World Cup

- Amokachi has urged Nigerians to forgive the former Portsmouth man

Nigerian ex-international Daniel Amokachi has urged Nigerians to forgive Yakubu Aiyegbeni for missing a sitter at the 2010 Fifa World Cup against South Korea.

A victory in that game would have seen Nigeria reached the second-round of the tournament, but the showdown ended 2-2 and Argentina and the Asians progressed.

Yakubu missed a sitter during Nigeria’s final group game which eventually proved costly as the Super Eagles crashed out of the tournament in the preliminary rounds.

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However after a decade of that game, Nigerians are still upset with the former Portsmouth of England striker, but former Eagles star Amokachi has backed the ex-international saying he has also missed begging chances.

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“It is not new in football. I have missed a good goal opportunity before. Great players across the world had messed up in front of goalkeepers. We need to forgive him so that he can enjoy his retirement,” Amokachi jokingly said on Brila fm.

“Yakubu is a ball-to-feet player who uses strength to turn defenders and has the explosiveness to out-run them over short distances."

Daniel Amokachi wants Nigerians to forgive Yakubi for this miss. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Daniel Amokachi: Ex- Eagles forward urges Nigerians to forgive Aiyegbeni over WC miss
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And just recently, Aiyegbeni explained that Nigerians are still angry about the goal he missed at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa against South Korea.

The 37-year-old disclosed that many still send him messages as regard the empty net he missed against South Korea.

His miss truly remains one of the worst misses ever in the history of football and not the World Cup alone.

Nigerians were so angry after the former Blackburn Rovers' man missed the goal which could have given the Super Eagles glorious chance in the game.

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''I felt bad when I missed it, but people are still talking about it,” he said.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni played 57 games for the Super Eagles during his active playing days scoring 20 goals.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze has debunked claims that there was 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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