After the Super Eagles of Nigeria squandered a 4 goal lead to play out A 4-4 draw against Sierra Leone. Nigerians have since expressed their dissappointment, as they were surprised Super Eagles could let Sierra Leone score 4, after leadeding.

Meanhwile, Nigerians seems to have forgotten so fast that, the Nigeria team had also done samething to opponents in time past, with different scenarios. But one that some seems have forgotten so fast, is the Damman Miracle.


The Miracle of Dammam also known as The Dammam Miracle was the name given to the outcome of a quarter-final match between the the USSR U-20 football team and Nigerian U-20 football team at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia. A competition which the Nigerian U-20 team won penalties. The match between Nigeria Russia was an historical one, one match that will always be mentioned when talking about come-backs all age-grade team in the National level has made.

The football match was played at the Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam precisely with an attendance of over 9,900 spectators. As the referee blow the whistle, Russia (The Soviet Union) started bombarding Nigeria with some superb attacking play, as they opened the scoring in the 30th minute of the game, the first goal was scored by Sergei Vyacheslavovich Kiriakov, who is now manager.

Russia kept on pressing, as they got another goal in the 45th minute of the game, through a Bakhva Otarovich Tedeyev strike. They added the thrid and fourth in the 46th and 50th minute of the encounter.

On a normal day, that game should be done and dusted, but the ‘Never Say Die’ spirit of the Nigeria under 20 team was triggered. Christopher Nusa Ohenhen scored two successive freekicks in the 61st and 75th minute of the game. This two goals gave Nigeria hope of getting something out of the game, as 83rd and 84th minute strike by Samuel Elijah and Nduka Ugbade leveled things up.

Nigeria went on to win the gme 5-3 on penalties.

This story reiterated the unpredictablity of the game of football, as some weird results will happen to the least expected teams