How Yakubu Aiyegbeni World Cup Miss Overshadowed His Decade Career Greatness

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On 22 June 2010, Yakubu Aiyegbeni learned just how easily one misstep can invalidate a decade of service. More than a decade later, his legacy remains imprisoned by that moment, his entire international career defined – much as he rejects the notion – by that improbable miss against South Korea in Nigeria’s final group match at the World Cup in South Africa. “In Nigeria, they continue to speak about my miss,” he said. “Imagine, just this morning I’ve received three messages on social media about that miss in 2010. And it’s just 2.10 pm UK time! “The truth is that I receive messages like that every day from different people, especially the young ones who don’t really understand life or football. Sometimes in Lagos, the same people online will run after me, greet me, and say, ‘Oh yes you missed that goal.’ They still bring back something that is in the past. Even sometimes when I try eating in restaurants and they go on about it, I just need to tell them, ‘Please, let’s all eat and go home, we can’t be talking about 11 years ago.’ “I’ve received threats and sometimes very strong ones, too. Some will write and say, ‘You’re still laughing like you did back then.’ I think if you want to threaten me you need to do it to my face. Some of those hiding behind computers to say stuff to me can’t even stand in front of me. “It’s annoying but I just ignore them. I don’t even waste my time to respond to them. I will never respond to them. Some of them just try to piss me off.” Shockingly, then Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu openly criticised Aiyegbeni after the game. “As a striker that’s the easiest one to score, so if you miss it then I don’t know what you will do,” Kanu said. “If we didn’t create the chances we’d complain, but in fact we made them.” While former England international striker Alan Shearer said on the BBC: “I reckon that’s the worst miss I’ve ever seen.” Full Report Post HERE:

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