Atlanta 96 gold medallist, Dosu Joseph, says he cried after former Super Eagles captain Sunday Oliseh scored a stunner against Spain at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Nigeria defeated Spain 3-2 in an enthralling encounter, with Oliseh scoring a cracker from 35 yards in the 78th minute to win the game for Bora Milutinović’s men after goals from Mutiu Adepoju and Garba Lawal had restored parity for Nigeria at 2-2.
Fernando Hierro and Raul Gonzalez scored for Spain to hand them the lead twice in the encounter.
Dosu, who helped the team qualify for the tournament, missed out of the World Cup following an auto crash.
He was however in France for the Mundial as a surprise spectator with his manager, Churchill Oliseh.
The former Julius Berger star, in an interview on PUNCH Online interview programme, Kick&Follow, where top sports stars discuss topical issues in Nigerian football, said he was brought to tears after Oliseh fired the ballistic missile that sank Spain and rushed to the crowd screaming his name.
“When we qualified for the World Cup in France and I knew I won’t be going, I cried. I spoke with my agent, Churchill Oliseh, the elder brother to Sunday Oliseh, and we went to France together. We got to the hotel without the players knowing, entered the room and spoke to Sunday and I told him ‘when you score tomorrow don’t worry we will jubilate together when we come back (from the stadium).’
“They were singing the national anthem when we entered the stadium. When he (Sunday) raised his head up, he saw us coming and knew where we were seated. When he scored that beautiful goal, he ran towards where we were and was shouting ‘Dosu.’
The rest of the players were saying ‘where is Dosu?’
“I cried because that was the first time I said I was supposed to be part of them but I give God all the glory that I am still alive today. Things happen and only God knows why, so I will say thanks to all Nigerians that prayed for me and also thanks to everyone that gave me the opportunity to put on the ‘Green and White’ jersey. But it was unfortunate that we lost the person that made me who I am today, Joe Erico. He was the man who took me from nowhere, but it’s just unfortunate that he is no more.
“I love my country no matter what but I want things to be done the right way.”
SOURCE: PUNCH NIGERIA