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Festus Adegboyega Onigbinde (born 1942 in Modakeke) is a Nigerian football manager. He coached Nigeria national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup,[1] an achievement he had already gotten, between 1982 and 1984.

But the Japan/South Korea edition was the worst Nigerian performance in the World Cup history: for the first time in this competition, Nigeria did not win a single match and was knocked out of the tournament in the first round.

In the first game they lost 0-1 to Argentina, after a goal of Gabriel Batistuta. In the second match, against Sweden, Nigeria lost 1-2 after leading 1-0, meaning the elimination of the World Cup. The third game was a goalless draw to England.

After the World Cup, some Nigerian players, like Jay-Jay Okocha and Julius Aghahowa, criticized Onigbinde for nominating the wrong players.


  1. ^ Manaschev, Erlan (2008-07-03). "World Cup 2002 - Match Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-10-07.  


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