History book: 29-years anniversary of Nigeria`s 1994 AFCON title win


By Sedara Philip

It is exactly 29-years today since Nigeria defeated Zambia to win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations – AFCON title.


Grouped alongside Egypt and Gabon in Group B, Nigeria`s golden generation made a bright start to the tournament with a 3-0 win over Gabon . Late Rashidi Yekini scored a brace while Mutiu Adepoju scored the other goal for the Eagles.

The second game was a goalless draw against Egypt and it was enough to book a place in the knockout stages for both teams.


Zaire finished top of Group A and so were paired vs Group B runners-up Nigeria in the quater-final. They were no pushovers but thanks to a Rashidi Yekini brace, Nigeria zoomed into the semi-finals.


A game vs arch-rivals Ivory Coast was set in the semi-final at the El-Menzah in Tunis on 6th April 1994.

Ben Iroha and Late Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria`s goals in a 2-2 regulation time draw. Nigeria emerged victorious 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the final.


On April 10, 1994, the Clement Westerhof tutored Eagles arrived at the Stade El Menzah in Tunisia eyeing a second AFCON title.

In opposition was a Zambian team put together following a devastating tragedy.

Nigeria won 2-1, Emmanuel Amuneke scored both goals to Litana`s 3rd minute strike for Zambia.

Today (April 10, 2023) marks 29-years since that famous AFCON title win for Nigeria. See below the Nigerian squad to the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia.

Goalkeepers: Peter Rufai, Wilfred Agbonavbare, Alloy Agu

Defenders: Stephen Keshi, Austin Eguavoen, Uche Okafor, Uche Okechukwu, Isaac Semitoje, Ben Iroha, Nduka Ugbade

Midfielders: Sunday Oliseh, Mutiu Adepoju, Edema Fuludu, Thompson Oliha, Austin Okocha, Efan Ekoku

Forwards: Rashidi Yekini, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke, Victor Ikpeba, Finidi George

Credit: Sportration

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