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How NFF, Caf, Fifa celebrated former Everton star Amokachi at 48

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Fifa and Everton have celebrated with former international Daniel Amokachi on his 48th birthday.  

Amokachi enjoyed great success during his playing career for club and country which spanned more than a decade.

The forward, nicknamed ‘The Bull’, had 44 caps for the Nigeria national team and was part of the side that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Amokachi also featured prominently at the 1994 World Cup in USA, where the West African side shone as they reached the second round of the tournament.

He was also part of the Nigerian team that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal, scoring a breathtaking goal in the final.

The governing bodies and his former club have sent the Nigeria legend congratulatory messages as he reaches a new age.

Amokachi started his career in Nigeria with Ranchers Bees and returned home to the West African country to end it with Nasarawa United.

On leaving Nigeria in 1990, he teamed up with Belgian side Club Brugge, where he delivered eye-catching performances.

His fine form earned him a move to Premier League club Everton in 1994, and he is best remembered for his effort in helping the Toffees win the 1995 FA Cup title.

Amokachi also spent time in Turkey after leaving England in 1996 to join Besiktas and won the Turkish Cup with the side before his departure.

The forward featured for MLS side Colorado Rapids before returning to Nigeria in 2005 and has been a coach since he called time on his career.

Amokachi was afforded an opportunity to serve as the Super Eagles assistant coach to Stephen Keshi and helped the team to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

He has managed a number of Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) teams and he is currently the special assistant on sports to Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.