Former Super Eagles star Yakubu Ayegbeni has revealed that Nigerians seem not to forget his goal Miss at the World cup.
Ayegbeni represented the Super Eagles at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The first and only World cup to be held on the African continent.
Nigeria was in group B that had Argentina, Greece, and South- Korea.
The Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Argentina and also were defeated by Greece by the same goal margin, a win for the Lars Largerback led team would have secured a place in the Round of 32 for Nigeria team.
A 2-2 draw was not good enough even thou the striker scored from the spot, but the focus was on his earlier close-range miss.
Speaking with Goal. Ayiegbeni said “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 would 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 to 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.”
“I never let that affect me because I think only about the good memories.
“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.,” he continued
“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 U-23 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.”
The former Blackburn Rovers forward made 57 appearances for Nigeria national team, scoring 21 times, third on the all-time highest goal scorer for the Super Eagles.