Nigeria Soccer Dream Team Unbeatable Feat at Atlanta 96

Posted by Timige, On 7 Dec, 2021 | Updated On 7 Dec, 2021 No Comments »

Nigeria Vs Brazil Atlanta 1996
it was a tough match for Nigeria against Brazil at Atlanta 1996. All Nigerians were soaked in tension as Brazil was leading by 3-1 at 5 minute to final whistle.

Do you remember Olympic Games in 1996, popularly referred to as Atlanta ‘96?

Do you remember the historic football match between Nigeria and Brazil in Atlanta during Olympic Games in 1996? General Sani Abacha was the then president of Nigeria, while Jo Bonfere was the Chief Coach of the Dream Team, Nwankwo Kanu was fully on ground as the Captain of the team.

Nigeria Vs Brazil Atlanta 1996 olympics

Brazil was the king of global football and they knew it. So, Nigeria losing to Brazil that night would not be a big deal.

Gosh! Brazil dealt with us that night. Till around 77th minute (about 12 minutes to the end of the game) Brazil was obviously dominating the game. The score line was Brazil 3, Nigeria 1.

Despite the Brazilian squad including star names as Carlos, Rivaldo, Bebeto and Ronaldo, Nigerians watching the game still think our dream team don’t deserve such humiliation by the Samba boys, we had been beaten mercilessly.

Nigerians became angry towards the end of the match; many had turned off their Tv sets, some were crying, while a few hoped and prayed that we would not be further disgraced with yet another goal, but the unimaginable happened in the game.

At the 78th minute, Victor Ikpeba stroked from 20 meters to score the second goal, everything changed beyond the 3:2 score line. Pressure came upon Brazil and hope for the Nigeria players, they became more motivated and began to fire shots from every angle.

Then another miracle, at the 90th minute, just before the final whistle, Kanu Nwankwo turned and flipped the ball over Dida and it was another goal, the equalizer.
What a wonderful match!.

There was a rule then, “the Golden Goal Rule”, the first team to score in the extra time wins the game.

Then came the decisive goal from Papilo in just 3 minutes into the extra time… And that was how the messy game became a message.

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