Amokachi shares big secret after 1995 FA Cup semifinal where he subbed himself into game

Amokachi shares big secret after 1995 FA Cup semifinal where he subbed himself into game

- Daniel Amokachi once lied to a coaching staff to come in as a substitute during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham

- The former Everton striker made an instant impact scoring two goals that took them into the semi-finals

- Joe Royle was left fuming at Amokachi who took a tactical decision without his knowledge

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Daniel Amokachi once forced himself into a substitution without his coach's consent during his spell with Premier League side Everton, Daily Mail.

The Toffees were leading by 2-1 in the 1995 semi-final FA Cup clash against Tottenham and Spurs seemed to be coming back into the game after Jurgen Klinsmann pulled one goal back.

Everton striker, Paul Rideout, suffered a knee problem and he was being assessed by the medical team before deciding if he could get back on the pitch.

Super Eagles star who won FA Cup with Premier League side reveals why he forced a substitution in the semi final
Daniel Amokachi forces substitution into FA Cup semi finals against Tottenham and scores two goals. Everton won by 4-1. Photo by Steve Morton and Laurence Griffiths
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Toffees boss Royle also went to the scene to check on his forward before Amokachi took the big chance.

The Nigerian striker informed one of the coaching staff that he was instructed to come in by manager Royle.

The gaffer was not happy about it but Amokachi had already entered the pitch with 20 minutes left to play in the match.

And he scored two goals to lead the Toffees into the finals to face the FA cup favourites, Manchester United.

"I told Jimmy Gabriel, who was in charge of subs, that the gaffer had said I was to go on. Jimmy gave the paper to the fourth official and I ran on the pitch. I turned just as the gaffer was running towards the sideline shouting "what the hell are you doing?" Poor Jimmy was left to explain."

After the game Royle told Amokachi:

"Well done Daniel. But you ever try that s*** again and you'll be finished."

In a post-match interview Royle added:

"I wanted them to hold on for a few seconds but Daniel wandered on to the pitch and that was it.
"He was desperate to play but he should not have been on."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi who is currently playing for Premier League giants Everton has stated emphatically that he is not regretting the decision he made to leave Arsenal last two years.

Alex Iwobi was born in Lagos before his parents moved to England where he started his football career at Arsenal youth team and was monitored by former coach Arsene Wenger.

At the age of 14, Alex Iwobi was almost released by the Gunners due to unimpressive performances from the Nigerian, but the London based team gave him another chance and he made use of it.


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