Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike has recounted the joy and celebration he had when Nigeria won AFCON 2013 in South Africa after defeated Burkina Faso 1 nil in the final.
AFCON 2013 final was a battle between two African countries, Nigeria and Burkina Faso as Emenike lead the Eagles front role at that time. The only goal of the game was scored by Mba which crowned the Super Eagles Champions ahead Burkina Faso in the 2013 AFCON final and Emenike was the highest goal scorers in the tournament.
Emenike who was an integral part of Nigeria’s 2013 African Cup of Nations winning squad in South Africa made this declaration in his recent interview with brilafm.
The former Fenerbahce of Turkey forward said he never knew it was a big deal helping Nigeria to her third African Cup of Nations crown until his after retirement from the national team assignment.
“Winning AFCON was a great feeling at that moment, but I didn’t know how big it was until I stopped playing for the national team and see the way people appreciate me when I go out there,” he said.
“So I’ll advise every young players to put their minds in winning something for Nigeria is a big deal, but you won’t understand until you stop playing for Nigeria,” he said.
Apart from lifting the trophy, Emenike scored four goals to share the tournament top scorer award with Ghana’s Idris Wakaso.
He was part of the Super Eagles squad to the 2014 World cup in Brazil and scored nine goals in 35 appearances for Nigeria.