Remembering Africa’s biggest World Cup disappointments

Unlike Cameroon and Ivory Coast, Nigeria’s Golden Generation did enjoy a World Cup moment of their own—by reaching the knockouts in 1994.

However, despite high expectations, they weren’t able to go one better in ’98, when they were utterly undone by a strong Denmark side in the Last 16, ultimately falling to a resounding 4-1 defeat.

Driven forward by Jay-Jay Okocha, with Sunday Oliseh anchoring the midfield, and with talent such as Taribo West, Nwankwo Kanu, Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi, this side could have done so much more, but chopping and changing coaches, weaknesses in key areas, and an imbalance in the team ultimately meant the Eagles never realised their potential.

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