Yakubu: Nigerians still message me over missed goal
The 57-capped Nigeria international revealed he still got lampooned by Nigerians but said he had no regret representing the country.
Yakubu Aiyegebeni is Nigeria’s third all-time goal scorer; however, the missed opportunity 10 years ago continues to keep him in the bad books amongst many Nigerians.
Aftermath back to back defeat against Argentina and Greece, Nigeria needed a win in their last group game against South Korea at the 2010 World Cup but the game ended in 2-2 stalemate.
Whilst Yakubu was amongst the goalscorers for the day, his three-yard miss became the major highlight of the game.
Nearly a decade after, that miss still haunts the former Everton forward and recounting his ordeal in an interview with Goal, the 37-year-old said it was weird that people still send him messages about the miss.
Yakubu told Goal “I felt bad when I missed it but people still talk about it and are saying if I had scored, we should have gone to the next round. Even if I scored, are we going to win the World Cup? That I am not sure of.
“I have sored so many goals for Nigeria and even when people thought we will never qualify for the World Cup, I stood up to be counted.
“I have always done my best to help the country but it’s weird that people still send me messages till date even on social media about that miss.
“They would write things like ‘I never forget o, I never forget the goal wey you miss o’ [I haven’t forgotten the goal you missed], ‘we no go forgive you o’ [we won’t forgive you], etc and I would be like wow.”
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Meanwhile, the striker who scored 27 goals for the Super Eagles said the array of negative messages would never down him – rather he would leave with the good memories of donning the green and white jersey.
“I never let that affect me because I think only about the good memories,” he continued.
“Ten years in the national team was great and wearing the green and white jersey was an honour for me. I still watch some of my goals with my kids.
“Also, playing in the national team was a joy for me because that was my childhood dream. As a player, you want to play for your country and I’m glad I did so graduating to the Super Eagles after playing for the U23 team.
“I was also opportune to play at the South Africa World Cup where I scored a goal. I have no regrets whatsoever despite my miss against South Korea,” he concluded.
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