1996 Dream Team Star lauds Olympic Eagles win over Sudan


Following Nigeria’s U23 5-0 win against Sudan U23 in the second-leg of the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifiers, 1996 Olympic Gold medal winner, Mobi Oparaku has hailed the performance of the team and doggedness to overturn a first-leg deficit.

The former Enyimba player who was part of the first dream team in 1996, in a chat with footballlive.ng has revealed that he never entertained any fear over the qualification chances of the team.


“I wasn’t worried about the second-leg because I knew we had U23 players at home and abroad that can play the game, plus the coaching crew do not play with sentiments, they follow due process.”


On the introduction of fresh legs in the second-leg, Okparaku said, “the coaches know what they want, they reshuffled the team after the first-leg defeat, and they know best why they made their choices.”


The Heartland technical crew member also likened the comeback of the Olympic Eagles to that of Dream team in their 1996 qualifiers game against Kenya.


“The idea of bringing in foreign based players to compliment the home-based is not a new thing, most of us were in Europe back then in 1996.


“I believe in bringing in raw talents, we’ve to pick players without sentiment, When you’re grooming players we have to groom real talents based on what the game wants.”


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