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Amokachi: With VAR Super Eagles’d Have Won AFCON 2000

Legendary Nigerian forward Daniel Amokachi says the Super Eagles would have won the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations if the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) had been introduced then.

Amokachi’s claim was in respect of the 2000 AFCON where Victor Ikpeba’s spot kick during the penalty shootout against Cameroon was controversially ruled out.

Replays showed the spot kick had crossed the line but Tunisian referee Morad Daami did not give it as a goal, with Cameroon going on to win 4-3 on penalties.

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When asked if he would have embraced VAR during his professional career, Amokachi, speaking in Monday’s edition of his radio programme ‘Bull’s Pit’ on Brila FM replied:”I would have welcomed VAR during my playing days because with VAR we would have won the AFCON 2000.”

And on who he feels should lead the Eagles attack in case Victor Osimhen is not available, the 1994 AFCON and 1996 Olympic gold medal winner said:”Paul Onuachu has more better chance to spearhead the attack for Nigeria. He’s the only one and that’s if the coaching crew know how to use him.

“What Onuachu is experiencing in the Super Eagles was what Victor Agali faced during his time in the Team, we didn’t use him well. He was scoring goals when he was in Germany but the pattern of play in the Eagles did not suit him.”

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