34 years after, my Guinness record goal still special

Monday Odiaka of ACB Football Club and Nigeria’s prolific striker cannot remember the numbers of goals he has scored. He rose to fame at the 1985 World Youth Championship in Soviet Union, now Russia, where he represented Nigeria’s Flying Eagles and scored the fastest goal ever recorded at the youth tournament. Though, Odiaka, who is now a youth coach in Ajegunle (AJ City), claims he netted the goal at 12 seconds, world soccer ruling body FIFA recorded 14 seconds and the Nigerian as the record holder of the fastest goal at the U-20 World Cup.         

Odiaka still feels high about that goal that stayed in the Guinness world record book for 34 years. It was only broken this year by Senegalese Amadou Sagna, who scored for the Young Lions of Teranga after just 9.6 seconds against Tahiti at the 2019 World Youth Championship in Poland.

He says: “I also scored many goals for the flying Eagles. But a memorable one is the one I scored against Canada at the 1985 World Youth…

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