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Daniel Amokachi ‘Our character made us champions,’ Atlanta 96 Gold winner says

Amokachi scored a 74th minute equalizer which helped Nigeria to come from behind to win the final against Argentina.

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Daniel Amokachi play Daniel Amokachi (Getty Images)

Former Nigerian Olympian, Daniel Amokachi says character was the key factor that helped the Dream Team win football Gold at Atlanta 96.

Amokachi was part of Nigeria’s U-23 side that beat the likes of Brazil and Argentina on the way to winning a historic Gold medal at the football event of the 1996 Olympics.

The former forward scored a 74th minute equalizer which helped Nigeria to come from behind to win the final against Argentina.

Taking his mind back to the win, Amokachi says that the character of the team helped them in winning Gold at the games.

Dream Team of Atlanta 96 play Atlanta 96 Gold winning squad (Getty Images )

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“The character, maturity and mentality of us all is what made us into champions,” the former Nigeria;s NO. 14 told FIFA official website.

The love that we had for each other made it possible because we were one strong family. I remember when the (Nigerian) FA were unhappy with Jo Bonfrere and they decided to bring in another coach and lay him off just a couple of days before the Olympics.

"We were already in America and as a team we said: ‘If you’re sending him away, then you’ll need to find new players.’ That spirit alone showed and made us believe that we were all in this together and that it would make us into champions.”

John Mikel Obi and Dream Team VI players play Dream Team VI (FIFA.com)

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Amokachi, who scored 13 times in 44 games for Nigeria also believes that the current Dream team can pull off the same Gold winning feat of 1996

Every generation has their moment,” the former Everton forward said.

 “The current team have a coach who is with them and they did well in qualification. They have to go there and be themselves, enjoy every second of the experience game by game, and we’ll see what happens.”

The Dream Team VI beat Japan 5-4 in their first game of Rio 2016.

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