Daniel “the bull” Amokachi is one of the best footballers that Nigeria and Africa has exported to the world of football. The “Bull” as he is fondly called rose from Ranchers Bees, to Club Brugge, he exploded at Everton and the rest of the world saw his magic strides at the 1994 world cup.
Today, millions and indeed billions of people the world over follow the biggest club competition in the world and little do they know that the boy from the streets of Kaduna, called the BULL, IS INDEED THE FIRST MAN DEAD OR ALIVE, ACTIVE OR RETIRED TO SCORE THE FIRST GOAL in the history of the champions league.
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The first edition of the re-branded Champions League featured 8 teams and Marseille the once upon a time European Giant won the competition. Abedi Pele the Ghanaian maestro covered himself in glory in Marseille’s run to the trophy in 1992. The competition’s first goal was scored by a Nigerian, an African named Daniel Amokachi. He scored the only goal in the 1-0 victory of Club Brugge over visiting CSKA Moscow.
Thus a Nigerian opened the flood gate of goals for Europe’s elite club tournament. The first edition of the Champions League, eventually won by Marseille, featured only eight teams and Nigerian striker Amokachi won the race to score the competition’s first goal with his 17th-minute strike against CSKA Moscow.
After Daniel Amokachi opened the floodgate of goals a lot of strikers, midfielders, Stars and would be cult heroes have also etched their names in the UEFA’S Champions League folklore and created goal scoring landmarks.
UEFA GOAL SCORING LANDMARKS
DANIEL AMOKACHI OPENED THE UEFA FLOODGATE
As highlighted, Daniel”The Bull” Amokachi is the first player to ever score a goal in the UEFA Champions’ league. He scored the only goal in Club Brugge’s 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow on the 25th of November 1992.
Other celebrated landmarks are 1,000th goal, 2,000th, 3000th and up to the latest 8,000th goal.
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1,000th goal : On 9 December 1998, Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian midfielder Khokhlov put PSV 1-0 up at home to Benfica to score the 1,000th goal.
2,000th goal: Bolivian Erwin Sánchez, on the 19th of September 2001,in the 4th minute scored the 200th goal in his team, Boavista’s 3-1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv.
3,000th goal : On the 10th of December 2003, David Trezeguet, the Frenchman and world cup winner, adorning the colours of Juventus scored the 3,000th goal with his second strike in the Old lady’s 7-0 demolition of Olympiakos in the group stage.
4,000th goal : The lanky English Man, Peter Crouch,who was a former 3 Lions International didn’t know that his simple tap in, in Liverpool’s 1-0 victory against PSV Eindhoven at Anfield on the 11th of April 2007 would be the 4,000th goal ever scored in the rebranded Uefa champions league.
5,000th goal: on the 14th of September 2010, the Evergreen, reliable Benfica stalwart Luisao, scored the 5,000th goal, when he drove home a sublime volley in their 2-0 victory over Hapoel Tel-Aviv
6,000th goal: He will be remember for the winning goal that helped Germany lift the 2014 world cup trophy. Also, Mario Gotze will be remembered for scoring the 6,000th Uefa champions league goal when he scored in Dortmund’s 5-2 win over Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine on the 5th of March 2013
7,000th goal: They call him “the angel”, on the 5th of November 2015, he scored the 7000th goal when his team Paris Saint-Germain hammered Malmo 5-0.
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8,000th goal : 2018 world cup winner Antoine Griezmann scored the 8,000th UEFA Champions League goal for Atlético Madrid against Daniel Amokachi’s former Club Brugge.
There are so many landmarks in Uefa champions league history, such as the highest goal scorer, hat trick scorers, are celebrated more than the scorer of the first ever goal in the re-branded format. Nobody wants to believe that because an African or indeed a Nigerian setting the record has affected its prominence season in season out. We choose to once again remind all and sundry, fans in particular that our own ‘the bull’ is in fact the one that opened the floodgate for goals in this competition.