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Nigeria’s 1976 Olympic Team, 1980 AFCON Squad To Be Honoured At Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame

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Nigeria’s 1976 Olympic Team, 1980 AFCON Squad To Be Honoured At Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame

Nigeria's 1976 Olympic Team, 1980 AFCON Squad To Be Honoured At Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame


Members of Nigeria's 1976 Montreal Olympic group and the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations Green Eagles team, will be honoured at the Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame, Completesports.com reports.

The occasion will occur on Friday, July 28, 2023, at a gala night at Eko and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Prior to the Nigerian sports legend being honoured, there will be the unveiling of the historical Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) likewise on July 28.

The 2 occasions will be sponsored by Chairman/CEO of Air Peace Allen Onyema.

The Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame is the effort of famous Green Eagles winger, 1980 AFCON winner and member of the football group to the 1976 Monreal Olympic Segun Odegbami.

The previous IICC/Shooting Stars gamer would likewise be a recipient of the rewards as one of the sports heroes.

The unveiling of the Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame at the NIIA will be under the chairmanship of previous President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Investiture of the Air Peace Sports Diplomacy Ambassadors at Eko Hotel will be under the chairmanship of the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Limited, Mr. Hans Essaadi.

Amongst leading dignitaries anticipated to grace the occasion are Filbert Bayi, previous Tanzanian middle range runner, among Africa's biggest professional athletes in history and African-American famous previous sprinter, Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, Ron Freeman.

Anticipated at the historical occasion are the CEO of OlympAfrica, Allasanne Thierno Diack and extreme political scholar, historian, cultural and social activist from South Africa, Dr. Biki Minyuku.

At the Wall of Fame at NIIA, all the sports heroes would have their names composed in gold.

According to Onyema, at an interview, the these professional athletes who are still alive would not just be honoured and commemorated, they would likewise be called Air Peace Ambassadors.

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Onyema stated they would take pleasure in the airline company's 12 complimentary return tickets on domestic paths every year and one worldwide flight to any of the airline company's foreign locations till they die in addition to an unique money benefit that would be revealed at the gala occasion hanging on July 28.

In 1980 the then Green Eagles of Nigeria raised the Africa Cup of Nations Cup for the very first time inside the primary bowl of the National Stadium in Lagos after beating the Desert Warriors of Algeria 3– 0.

Odegbami scored 2 objectives versus the Algerians to land Nigeria's very first of 3 AFCON titles.

In 1976, a Nigerian contingent of professional athletes had actually gotten here in Montreal, Canada for the Olympic Games, with Odegbami likewise part of the Nigeria football group.

After the Nigerian professional athletes had actually invested one week in camp getting ready for the video games, the military federal government at the time chose to boycott the video games to object the apartheid routine and bigotry in South Africa.

The statement was made on the eve of the opening of the video games and Nigeria together with 27 other African nations boycotted the video games and all the professional athletes returned house.

Nigeria's transfer to promote an African boycott of the video games caused completion of apartheid in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela from jail after 27 years.

1976 Montreal Athletics Team

Kolawole Abdullahi, 100m/ 4 X 100m relay (late)

Ruks Bazunu, 100m/ 4 X 100m relay (USA)

Moses Adebayo Adebanji, 4 X 100m relay (USA)

Edward Ofili, 100m/200m/4 X 100m relay (late)

Mark Olomu, 4 X 100m relay, Sapele

Chuks Abigide, 4 X 100m relay, USA

John Okoro, Long Jump (Late)

Charlton Ehizuelen, Long and Triple Jumps, USA

Moses Akporowho, Long Jump, (Late)

Godwin Obasogie, 110m, Hurdles, USA

Graywood Oruwari, 110m, Hurdles, USA

Modupe Oshikoya, 100m, Long Jump, Pentathlon, USA

Gloria Ayanlaja, 400m, USA

Bruce T. Ijirigho, 400m/4 X 400m relay, USA

Dele Udoh, 400m, 4 X 400m relay (Late)

Felix Imadiyi, 400m, 4 X 400m relay, USA

Benjamin Omodhiale, 4 X 400m relay, USA

Rotimi Peters, 4 X 400m relay, USA

Dennis Otono, 400m Hurdles, USA

Taiwo Ogunjobi, 400m obstacles (Late)

1976 Montreal Olympic Football Team

Emmanuel Okala, Enugu

Joseph Erico (Late)

Andrew Atuegbu, USA


Sanni Mohammed, Accra, Ghana

Mudashiru Lawal (Late)

Christian Chukwu, Enugu

Godwin Odiye, USA

Kelechi Emetiole (Late)

Haruna Ilerika (Late)

Adekunle Awesu (Late)

Thompson Usiyan (Late)

Alloysius Atuegbu (Late)

Baba Otu Mohammed (Jos)

Jide Dina (Late)

Samuel Ojebode (Late)

Patrick Ekeji, USA, NA

Segun Odegbami, Lagos

Montreal 1976 Swimming Squad

John Ebito– USA

Montreal 1976 Boxing Squad

Obisia Nwankpa, Lagos

Davidson Andeh (Late)

L. Obagoriola, Lagos

1980 Africa Cup of Nations Team

Finest Ogedegbe (Late)

Moses Effiong– Calabar

Emmanuel Okala– Enugu

John Orlando– Accra

David Adiele– Owerri

Okey Isima (Late)

Segun Odegbami– Abeokuta

Felix Owolabi– Ibadan

Godwin Odiye– USA

Christian Chukwu– Enugu

Adokie Amiesimaka– Port Harcourt

Charles Bassey– Calabar

Tunde Bamidele (Late)

Kadiri Ikhana– Abeokuta

Mudashiru Lawal (Late)

Henry Nwosu– Lagos

Ifeanyi Onyedika– Enugu

Frank Onwuachi– Asaba

Martin Eyo (Late)

Shefiu Mohammed– Jalingo

Alloysius Atuegbu (Late)

Sylvanus Okpala– Enugu

By James Agberebi

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