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FIFA World Cup

An ode to Ex-Super Eagles star who became a cult hero after substituting himself into a match

Daniel Amokachi is a Nigerian football legend who made names for himself while playing for the national team Super Eagles and clubs in Europe.

Amokachi, was discovered by former Super Eagles coach Clemens Westerhof, and took him to the 1990 African Nations Cup without much experience. 

Amokachi grabbed his opportunity and went on to become an household name in Super Eagles and later helped the country win the 1994 African cup of Nations in Tunisia and also qualify for the world cup in USA same year. 

His good form for his country earned him a move to to Belgian side r Club Brugge in Belgium, where he became the first player to score in the new UEFA Champions League format. 

He got his goal in the 1–0 win in the opening match in the group stage against CSKA Moscow.

After a good form in Belgium and at the 1994 World Cup, English Premier league club Everton became interested in Amokachi and their manager Mike Walker signed him for a fee of £3,000,000. 

Amokachi's time at Goodison Park was not a total success as he struggled to play regular football with the club. 

Despite spending huge money on him, Amokachi was the third choice striker and only managed to start few games in the league. 

His moment later arrived in the semi final again tie against Tottenham Hotspurs in 1995 when he substituted himself into the game and went on to score a brace. 

Manager, Joe Royle had only instructed him to warm up in preparation for possibly coming on for Paul Rideout who was receiving treatment, but the Nigerian tricked the fourth official and he went on to make an impact. 

The manager revealed he never made the substitution but admitted that it was the best substitution he never made after Amokachi thrown himself into the match and won it for the fans. 

Everton went to win the cup in the final and Amokachi who was laughed at by English fans and journalists later became a hero at the Goodison. 

The moment sealed his legendary status in the history of the competition and was adored by every Evertonians, until his departure for Turkish side Besiktas. 

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