On the 1989 World Youth Championship held in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria picked the Silver medal, after defeating USSR in essentially the most pulsating semi last matches ever performed within the historical past of the FIFA U-20 championship.
The Flying Eagles first sport was in opposition to the host Nation, and so they defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 with Midfielder Mutiu Adepoju and Striker Christopher Ohenhen getting the 2 very important targets for Nigeria. The following sport was in opposition to Portugal, and it went in opposition to the expectation of the Coach Tunde Disu led Boys, who received whacked 1-Zero by a powerful Portuguese group. The Flying Eagles had been nonetheless in a position to safe a quarterfinal ticket after securing a 1-1 draw in opposition to Czechoslovakia of their last group sport. Christopher Ohenhen as soon as once more rescued some extent for Nigeria by scoring the decisive equalizer within the 72nd minutes of play.
The quarterfinal sport noticed the Flying Eagles been paired with USSR.
The sport was performed in Dammam, and was later re-named “the miracle of Dammam”.
This was a sport that noticed Nigeria trailing by Four-Zero with jiffy to the tip of the decisive quarterfinal match. Legendary Oleg Salenko of USSR was among the many scorers in that memorable match. Within the house of 30 minutes, Nigeria fought again to equalize Four-Four and take the match into penalty shoot-out. The comeback was began by star player- Christopher Ohenhen who scored a brace within the 61st and 75th minutes to convey scores to Four-2 with 15 minutes of play left in regulation time. Samuel Elijah, who was later nicknamed “Prophet” Samuel Elijah scored within the 83rd minutes of play scale back the tally to Four-Three, earlier than inspirational captain Nduka Ugbade got here from nowhere to degree rating Four-Four with an unbelievable equalizer within the 84th minutes. The Russians had been surprised past their creativeness. The match had to enter penalties after the expiration of 90 minutes, and the Nigerians triumph 5-Three, after Mirdjalal Kasimov missed his spot kick to convey the sport to an anti climax. It was the best come again within the historical past of world soccer until date.
Within the semi finals, the Flying Eagles narrowly defeated USA 2-1 after the sport had to enter one other further time with the video games tied at 1-1 in regulation time. Mutiu Adepoju who later grew to become an integral a part of the Tremendous Eagles of Nigeria scored each targets that eradicated USA from the match. In objective for USA on that memorable day, was goalkeeper Kasey Keller who later grew to become a family title in world soccer.
It was a drained wanting Flying Eagles group that certified for the Ultimate of the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, after enjoying two successive video games that went into penalty shoot-out. This was to show decisive, because the Flying Eagles had been defeated 2-Zero by Portugal, who had earlier crushed them 1-Zero on the group stage.