Memory Lane. Saturday 14/01/1978 National Stadium, Surulere-Lagos. Nigeria 7-0 Benin Republic.
Emmanuel Okala, Annas Ahmed, Felix Owolabi, Christian Chukwu(Captain), Godwin Odiye, Segun Odegbami, Alloysius Atuegbu, Chris Ogu, Emmanuel Obasuyi, Baba Otu Mohammed, Adokiye Amesiamaka. This was Green Eagles’ first match since being eliminated by Tunisia in the World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Owolabi made his Green Eagles debut at Left full back.
Adokiye was the man of the match. The encounter also happened to be the First time Atuegbu was Substituted in a match for Nigeria.
Mathematical Segun Odegbami got a Second half hat trick in the match(49th,80th & 83rd minutes).
The encounter was a Qualifying match for the 3rd All African Games held in Algeria later the same year.