At the 1989 Entire world Youth Championship held in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria picked the Silver medal, soon after defeating USSR in the most pulsating semi remaining matches at any time performed in the historical past of the FIFA U-twenty championship.
The Flying Eagles very first video game was towards the host Nation, and they defeated Saudi Arabia two-one with Midfielder Mutiu Adepoju and Striker Christopher Ohenhen finding the two essential aims for Nigeria. The upcoming video game was towards Portugal, and it went towards the expectation of the Coach Tunde Disu led Boys, who got whacked one- by a sturdy Portuguese group. The Flying Eagles have been even so able to protected a quarterfinal ticket soon after securing a one-one attract towards Czechoslovakia in their remaining team video game. Christopher Ohenhen once all over again rescued a issue for Nigeria by scoring the decisive equalizer in the 72nd minutes of perform.
The quarterfinal video game noticed the Flying Eagles been paired with USSR.
The video game was performed in Dammam, and was later on re-named “the wonder of Dammam”.
This was a video game that noticed Nigeria trailing by four- with number of minutes to the close of the decisive quarterfinal match. Legendary Oleg Salenko of USSR was amongst the scorers in that unforgettable match. In the house of 30 minutes, Nigeria fought back to equalize four-four and take the match into penalty shoot-out. The comeback was commenced by star participant- Christopher Ohenhen who scored a brace in the 61st and seventy fifth minutes to provide scores to four-two with 15 minutes of perform remaining in regulation time. Samuel Elijah, who was later on nicknamed “Prophet” Samuel Elijah scored in the 83rd minutes of perform decrease the tally to four-three, in advance of inspirational captain Nduka Ugbade arrived from nowhere to amount rating four-four with an extraordinary equalizer in the 84th minutes. The Russians have been shocked past their imagination. The match had to go into penalties soon after the expiration of ninety minutes, and the Nigerians triumph five-three, soon after Mirdjalal Kasimov missed his place kick to provide the video game to an anti climax. It was the biggest come back in the historical past of world football till day.
In the semi finals, the Flying Eagles narrowly defeated Usa two-one soon after the video game had to go into yet another added time with the game titles tied at one-one in regulation time. Mutiu Adepoju who later on turned an integral aspect of the Super Eagles of Nigeria scored equally aims that eradicated Usa from the tournament. In objective for Usa on that unforgettable day, was goalkeeper Kasey Keller who later on turned a house name in world football.
It was a fatigued seeking Flying Eagles group that competent for the Final of the 1989 FIFA Entire world Youth Championship, soon after actively playing two successive game titles that went into penalty shoot-out. This was to verify decisive, as the Flying Eagles have been defeated two- by Portugal, who had earlier crushed them one- at the team stage.