Amuneke issues plea for stolen medal


A Nigeria legend, who was part of the famous Dream Team that won gold at the 1996 Olympics, has pleaded with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to replace his Olympic gold medal that was reportedly stolen from his home in Lagos.

Former Super Eagles winger Emmanuel Amuneke played in every single encounter of Nigeria's historic Olympic triumph at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, US.

En route to winning the event, Nigeria claimed the scalps of Brazil and Argentina in the semi-finals and final, respectively, squads that boasted world-class talents such as Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo Nazario, Rivaldo, Javier Zanetti, Diego Simeone and Hernan Crespo.

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While Amuneke fondly remembers the feat, the 48-year-old has no physical evidence to commemorate his country's historic victory, with the Olympic gold medal being the only medal that was stolen from his possessions when his house was burgled.

As per Sports Extra, the former Tanzania national team boss has asked the IOC to replace the alleged stolen medal.

"I have a special place in my home where I keep my medals so that, on retirement, I could show my kids and that could spur them," he said, as per Sports Extra.

"To take part at the Olympics and win gold is not that easy considering the tough teams we faced at Atlanta.

"The Olympic medal particularly is seen as one of the biggest achievements in sports.

"I have nearly all of my medals but the Olympic medal is the only one missing from my medal cabinet, and I hope the International Olympic Committee can replace it."

Amuneke was voted African Footballer of the Year in 1994, and amassed 39 appearances for the Super Eagles, finding the back of the net on eight occasions.