Hero Spirit of 94: Nigeria midfielders

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    #1 Finidi George

    The talented midfielder got the ball rolling for Nigeria at its maiden appearance at the global showpiece, providing the assist for Rashidi Yekini who scored the country’s first goal against Bulgaria. George scored in the final group game against Greece which sent the Super Eagles to the last 16.
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    #2 Thompson Oliha

    The late midfielder had very little action, appearing just once, off the bench against Italy in the last 16 which was Nigeria’s last stop. His career saw him have spells with Bendel Insurance and Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland), African Sports, Maccabi Ironi Ashdod and Antalyaspor.
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    #3 Austin 'Jay-Jay' Okocha

    Arguably the most skillful Nigerian to grace the game, a young Okocha - who was just 20-years old then, made two appearances off the bench in the group phase and played the entire 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Italy. Okocha would go on to have a career with six different European clubs with his trickery never far in memory.
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    #5 Emmanuel Amunike

    The pacey left midfielder scored the third goal in Nigeria’s group opening 3-0 win over Bulgaria and also gave the Super Eagles the lead in the last 16 against Italy before losing out in extra time. He was the 1994 recipient of the African footballer of the Year and as a coach, led the Golden Eaglets to ultimate glory at the 2015 U-17 global youth competition in Chile.

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    #6 Sunday Oliseh

    The famous 1994 squad cannot be complete without Oliseh in the picture. The defensive midfielder played every game for Nigeria at the tournament but will famously be remembered for his stunning winner against Spain in the 1998 edition. Outspoken and controversial in nature, Oliseh managed the Super Eagles between 2015 and 2016.
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    #7 Mutiu Adepoju

    Nicknamed the ‘headmaster’, Adepoju played very single game at the 1994 showpiece albeit off the bench, making a total of 48 appearances for the national team. His career was majorly in Spain, playing big roles for the Real Madrid B team, Racing Santander and Real Sociedad.