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Saturday 13 September K.O. 15:00

Daniel Amokachi

Forward

Daniel Amokachi
  • Born: 30/12/1972
  • Birthplace: Groko, Nigeria
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Debut: 10/09/1994 v Blackburn (A)
  • After enjoying a blistering World Cup in 1994, Amokachi was snapped up by the then Everton manager Mike Walker who planned to unleash the formidable frontman in his favoured 'just-off-the-striker' role in the Premiership.

    Unfortunately, Amokachi and his Everton colleagues were unable to click as a unit during Walker's tenure and the manager was promptly sacked. Walker's successor at Goodison Park, Joe Royle, was even less-effective at bringing out Amokachi's undoubted talents and the Nigerian soon found himself cast aside.

    His best performance in England was surely during the 1995 FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, when he ran onto the pitch to replace the injured Paul Rideout without his manager's consent, only to score two breakaway goals and ultimately set up a Wembley triumph against Manchester United. But such goalscoring exploits were few and far between and the striker was sold to Turkish club Besiktas in 1996.

    Soon after his move, he starred for his country as the Super Eagles won the 1996 Olympic Football Final but was forced to retire just as his career was regaining momentum after suffering a knee injury at the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. After that he attempted failed comebacks with French side Creteil and US Major League side Colorado Rapids alongside Carlos Valderamma.

    More recently, Amokachi has claimed poor medical care in Africa is threatening the future of the continent's young footballers as well as heaping praise on ex-Everton strike-partner Duncan Ferguson after the Scot travelled 3,000 miles to attend the African's wedding in Tunisia (Amokachi is married to a Tunisian supermodel).

    He is now part of the Nigerian national side's coaching set-up but has plenty of vocational options outside the game if he chooses - the ex-striker is actually a qualified lawyer after graduating from a New York Law school.

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