Nigeria vs India: All Facts You Need To Know About the Reported 99–1 Football Battle

Nigeria vs India: All Facts You Need To Know About the Reported 99–1 Football Battle

  • India national senior football team were reported years back to have defeated Nigeria 99-1 in a friendly game
  • The ball kept turning into a lion on the pitch for the Super Eagles players, so the story goes
  • However, the fact is that there was not match played between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and India

Years back, there was news that India and the Super Eagles of Nigeria engaged in an international friendly match in which the three-time African champions lost the tie 99-1.

Many people actually believed this reported match, considering how it was disseminated, coupled with the fact that there was no or minimal usage of the internet and cable networks.

Super Eagles, India, 99-1, international match
Super Eagles fans in action during a game against Libya. Photo: Pius Utom
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According to what many Nigerian football fans were made to understand, was that India vowed that the Super Eagles would be named winners of the match if they scored just one goal.

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Did the Super Eagles score one goal against India?

It was reported that the Nigerian players who faced India in this match were unable to kick the ball because it kept on turning into a lion.

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Also, the Super Eagles goalkeeper was also unable to save any shot, which resulted in an Indian favourable scoreline of 99-0, with three minutes to the end of the encounter.

Nigerians were made to believe that Samuel Okwaraji scored the only goal for the Super Eagles in the tie against India, which ended 99-1.

What are the facts about the match?

Since no one actually saw India participate in most international soccer games, this gave little credence to the story, as it was said that they were banned after the match.

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The truth of the story and according to the thread on Twitter by Nigeria Stories, there was no match between Nigeria and India as the news was fabricated to catch the attention of fans.

Emmanuel Dennis opens goal account for Premier League side Nottingham Forest

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis was on the score sheet in Nottingham Forest’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Monday night, 10 October.

The newly-promoted Premier League side agreed to a £20million summer deal to sign Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Dennis from Watford this summer.

It was his first goal since joining the club, having shrugged off pressure from the first few matches he featured.

He made his first full league debut in August as manager Steve Cooper had preferred his compatriot Taiwo Awoniyi upfront.

Source: SportsBrief.com

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