Ndubuisi Egbo says Super Eagles were not prepared for penalties at AFCON 2000 final

Ndubuisi Egbo says Super Eagles were not prepared for penalties at AFCON 2000 final

- Ndubuisi Egbo was among the Super Eagles players who played at AFCON 2000

- Super Eagles of Nigeria lost the final game against Cameroon via penalties

- Egbo explained that the Super Eagles were not prepared for penalties in the tie

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper who is now a professional coach Ndubuisi Egbo has made it clear that Nigeria were not prepared to play penalties against Cameroon at AFCON 2000 final.

The 2000 African Cup of Nations championship was hosted by Ghana and Nigeria in which the Super Eagles were impressive before losing against Cameroon in the final.

In the final of the 2000 AFCON, Samuel Eto’o and Patrick Mboma put Cameroon ahead with two superb goals before the Super Eagles came back with strikers from Okocha and Raphael Chukwu.

The full time ended 2-2 before it was decided via penalties in which the Cameroonians won the encounter 3-2.

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According to the report on Complete Sports citing Punch, Ndubuisi Egbo who was a member of the Super Eagles squad then explained that the players were exhausted before the penalties.

“We were not prepared for a penalty shootout because we came from a two-goal down to play 2-2 and we had exhausted a lot of energy and strength and the psychology was not well balanced for a penalty shootout, and in the end we lost.''

During his time with the Super Eagles, Egbo played 12 games for the three-time African champions between the year 1999-2002 and scored one goal as a goalkeeper.

Ndubuisi Egbo and Kanu in action
Ndubuisi Egbo says Super Eagles were not prepared for penalties at AFCON 2000 final. Photo by Matthew Ashton
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Alex Iwobi who is a Nigerian footballer currently playing for Premier League side Everton explained that Super Eagles players were stoned by fans in Benin City after draw against Sierra Leone.

Gernot Rohr and his men were forced to a 4-4 draw in the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone in which the visitors came back to pick a point in Benin.

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Alex Iwobi was in his best game for Nigeria in the match against Sierra Leone in Benin as the former Arsenal striker scored a brace for the three-time African champions.

Super Eagles players were woeful in the second half as they allowed Sierra Leone to come back into the game and ended the battle in a draw.

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