Kennedy Boboye Weeps Over 1996 Olympics Gold Medal Loss

Former Nigeria international and Akwa United coach Kennedy Boboye reminisced on his inability to attend the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta where Nigeria’s Dream Team clinched Gold.

Boboye went down memory lane in a bit to mark “ThrowBack Thursday”.

TBT is a social-media trend when users, on Thursdays, post photographs or recollections of the past under the #throwbackthursday, #tbt, or #throwback hashtags.

“I played in all the qualifiers for the ’96 Olympics except the last game cos of car accident injuries,” he tweeted.

“I didn’t recover on time to make the squad to Atlanta and 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. #TBT.”

Boboye played a key role in Johannes Bonfrere’s team journey but ultimately missed out on the main event.

Captained by the legendary Nwankwo Kanu, the Dream Team beat favourites Brazil and Argentina to the gold medal – a feat regarded as one of Nigeria’s finest moments in football.

Following his retirement from active football after spells at Fortuna Dusseldorf, KFC Uerdingen 05 and Manning Rangers, Boboye went into administration.

After stints at Sunshine Queens, Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors, he helped Plateau United win the NPFL in 2017 before replacing John Obuh at Akwa United after handling Remo Stars before then.

Alongside his role at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, the 42-year-old currently is the Nigeria U23 assistant coach.