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My Only Football Regret- Boboye

Former Nigerian international Kennedy Boboye says his only regret in his football career was missing Atlanta ’96 Olympics men’s football event due to injury.

Boboye tweeted that he was part of the team and played every match except the last qualifier against Egypt.

The team started the qualifiers with a largley home based players with Nwankwo Kanu the only foreign based player inthe opening round against Ivory Coast.

In the next round against Kenya, the first leg in Nigeria ended goalless. The result prompted the federation to invite an almost wholly foreign based team that included Austin Okocha for the return leg.

Nigeria essily won 3-0 in a match tagged the “Battle of Mombassa”. Mombassa was a coastal Kenyan city where the match was played.

In the last qualifier first leg played in Lagos, Nigeria won 3-2 agaisnt Egypt after which Boboye was, as he said, involved in an accident that he did not recover in time for the tournament.

“I played in all d qualifiers for ’96 Olympics except d last game cos of car accident injuries. I didn’t recover on time to make d squad to Atlanta & that ruled me out of having an Olympic gold medal around my neck. That’s my biggest regret ever. I thank God for life though”, Boboye was quoted in his tweet.

He further said he missed football as the NPFL is suspended following Covid-19 pandemic. He is currently the head coach of Akwa United.

He led Plateau United to the league title a few seasons ago and was part of the Super Eagles technical crew.

Playing career

Kennedy Boboye started his professional playing career as a striker for Sharks F.C. (now Rivers United F.C.) in 1990 and played in the club for three seasons. In 1993 after his contract had expired with Sharks F.C. he joined Udoji United F.C. and played shortly till 1994. In 1995, Kennedy Boboye was called up to the Nigeria U-23 National team (Super Eagles). After his national team appearance he was signed to Saint-Denis Saint-Leu football club, Paris between 1996 and 1997. He was subsequently signed in Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1997 to 1998. He was given on free transfer from Fortuna Düsseldorf to KFC Uerdingen 05 in 1998.

In 2002, after several years abroad he was signed to Manning Rangers F.C. in South Africa till 2004. In 2004 after his contract with the club had expired he got a deal to sign with Dolphins F.C. and played for few months before finally retiring from playing professional football.

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