Mr. Daniel Amokachi, a one time Nigerian player and former Everton striker, is still thrilled to be the first player to score in the current format of the UEFA Champions League, telling fans at the Heineken Champions Planet that it was his best moment of the competition.
Amokachi said, “Scoring a goal in a big match is an aspiration of any footballer and it can come anytime in a match. But when such a feat becomes a reference point, I do not think I can ask for more because collectively as a team the main goal is for us to win a match.”
The Atlanta’96 gold medallist and assistant coach of the Super Eagles, playing for FC Bruges of Belgium scored the only goal of the night as his club secured an away win at the Macabi Tel Aviv Lillztadion Ramat Gan Stadium in Israel when the current version of the UEFA Champions League was introduced in 1992.
“We were all happy after the match and celebrated all through the night. It was some days later that I got to know that my goal was the first to be scored on that night. Matches are played simultaneously at prime time but of all the goals scored on day one, mine was unique,” the 1994 Nations Cup winners said.