By: William Meeker
It was a match to win, a goal that would have moved Nigeria to the next round and, more importantly, bring joy to a nation whose uniting factor has always been the beautiful game. Staring at an open net with the goalkeeper beaten, Yakubu scuffed his chance and placed his name in the history books of unbelievable misses. Supporters of the Super Eagles were sadly disappointed.
Nigerians have never forgotten the miss.
We all know the story – many musicians and stand-up comedians have used the name Yakubu as shorthand for “missing an easy opportunity.”
William Meeker is the Director of the Africa Program at Center for Civilians in Conflict.