Resigned Nigeria worldwide John Utaka has recalled his triumphant goal in an epic Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal conflict against an elegant Cameroonian group in February 2004.
The Super Eagles camp was tossed into chaos when two strikers in Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Agali, in addition to left-back Celestine Babayaro were ousted from the group because of indiscipline after a 1-0 misfortune to Morocco in their opener, however they despite everything figured out how to make it out of the gathering after successes against South Africa and Benin to set up a gathering with the Indomitable Lions, who were the protecting bosses.
Samuel Eto’o on 43 minutes gave Cameroon the lead, Okocha reestablished equality with a staggering free-kick from close to the punishment region on the stroke of halftime, before Utaka made it 2-1 with 17 minutes left on the clock after a splendid help from Nwankwo Kanu.
“Papilo you know is so tricky. At the point when I watched the game later, I saw the manner in which he situated his body before he played the pass, he befuddled the safeguards, they were thinking he was going to play left,” Utaka said on Instagram Live.
“I recognized what he would do, so promptly I wasn’t in any event, pausing, I began going. Against Angola away he did likewise, that was a long time after.
“At whatever point I see him situating himself I’ll go on the grounds that I realize he will drop the pass.
“At the point when I got that show on the road I said the main thing I can do isn’t to sit around on the grounds that the goalkeeper will shut down the more I sit around.
“I was looking right however I realized I was going to play left, he got a slight touch ready.
“I expected to drag him to one side with the goal that I can confound him in light of the fact that the goalkeeper is tremendous also. I said on the off chance that I take one more touch, he will shut down on me so I said let me discharge the ball first time. ”
Utaka talked about the force of the game against a Cameroon side that incorporated straightforward focal safeguard Rigobert Song, who was his skipper at French club Lens that season.
“The force of the match was insane, coming out from the passage, you can feel the warmth yet that is the delight of playing football, that strain, that weight is the magnificence of the entire thing. You are coming out the group is singing.
“At the point when I state pressure, you realize like 200 million individuals are viewing. It resembles a sink or swim issue.
“We know the group we are confronting were an extremely, decent group – top strikers, midfielders, protectors. They were the protecting victors, extremely solid group. One way or the other we expected to go past them.
“I was messing with him (Song) when we were coming out from the passage, I needed to welcome him and he said I shouldn’t contact him yet it was a joke.
“After the game he praised me and said there was not a lot they could do and wished me well,” Utaka closed.
Utaka and Kanu later became partners at Portsmouth and won the FA Cup with the club in the 2007-2008 season.