Did India Ever Beat Nigeria 99-1?
Almost all of us born before the dawn of the internet must have heard the tale of a legendary football match between Nigeria and India that most likely took place in another planet and somehow someway most of us believed the fairy tale due to lack of access to credible information.
The story goes thus; The particular match ended with India scoring 99 goals and Nigeria scoring just one goal. Nigerian players where unable to kick the ball because the football kept turning to a lion (or something scary) to prevent them from playing the soccer ball. The Indians later agreed that if Nigeria could score a goal, they would willingly accept defeat. Samuel Okwaraji scored the winning goal with a thunder shot and lost his life in the process. To crown it all, FIFA banned India from soccer because they used black magic in that very game and that’s why India doesn’t participate in the World Cup.
Why Nigerians Believed The Story
On the 12th of August 1989, Nigeria lost Sam Okwaraji. Sam Okwaraji was the player rumored to have lost his life in that game when in truth he died during a FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Angola in the 77th minute. He collapsed and died of cognitive heart failure. May his soul rest in Perfect Peace. AMEN. So that is the only truthful thing about that story, the fact that a Nigerian player died during a football match. That’s it. The match was not against India, we did not lose the match and as you must have guessed, and there were no lions either. Also the fact that India doesn’t participate in the FIFA world cup made the story more appealing to us.
Therefore the tale is confirmed FALSE. The match never existed
The person to first come up with that story needs to be awarded an Oscar, I mean Nigerians are damn creative!!!!!