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Forty years after the historic AFCON victory on March 22, 1980, Green Eagles conquering heroes looked back to share their memories with TAIWO ALIMI.

He was then 23 and Godwin Odiye was a wreck hours before the 1980 Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) Final between Nigeria and Algeria at the imposing Lagos National Stadium. Green Eagles defeated Algeria 3-0 with two goals from Segun Odegbami and one from  Muda Lawal, to win their first ever African Cup of Nations. Nigeria won two more in 1994 and 2013.

Odiye was one of Nigeria’s best central defenders before Brazilian coach, Otto Gloria converted him to a midfielder and he had just been informed that he would be playing the same role in the epic final.

“I remember walking around the camp, and the training pitch and visualizing my movements on the field during training sessions,” Odiye, now living in the USA told The Nation. “At the same time I was visualizing the offensive and defensive movements of Muda Lawal, Alloysius Atuegbu,…



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