*Dele Ajiboye was only outstanding player
By Olajide Fashikun
By the time the referee blew the final whistle, there are chances Nigerians everywhere in the world were praying for the final whistle to come. The Super Eagles were turned into Super Chickens with a 4-0 margin which if not for goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye would have been more than a dozen. The Nigerian defenders were clueless while the bench was confused.
History has hosts of 2014 World Cup crumbled 6-1 to Germany in their second ever World Cup clash.
Historically, the records show that the match is the worst defeat ever inflicted to a Nigerian national team in the last 28 years after the 5-1 loss to Algeria in the opening match of the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations.
Eagles of Nigeria also had such a disastrous outing when she lost 5-2 to less fancied Togo in the 1983 WAFU Cup semi-finals in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. On the hierarchy was the 29th September, 1985 baptism that the suave Tunisian national team handed the Coach Chris ‘Ajilo’ Udemezue in his debut as Nigeria’s coach when Coach Adegboye Onigbinde was tactically side-lined.
Zambia in a 1974 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match also pummelled Nigeria by 5-1 in Lusaka. Also in an Olympic Games qualifying match in Lagos, the United Arab Republic which was a short-lived union of Egypt and Syria defeated Nigeria 6-2 in Lagos.
Our largest haul of defeat remains 7-0 humiliation of Nigeria by Ghana in 1955. The Ghanaians, who had ever remained rivals of the Nigerians renamed the Red Devils as the national team was known to a poor shadow of themselves.