Former Super Eagles striker, Julius Efosa Aghahowa has gained startling recognition from global soccer governing body, FIFA, for the celebration he enacted after scoring against Sweden at the 2002 World Cup.
FIFA’s citation for ‘Agha-Wonder’ came on the occasion of his 37th birthday, for which the global body recounted how he wowed soccer fans with multiple-flips in his legendary acrobatic style of celebrating his goals.
Incidentally, it turned out to be Nigeria’s only goal at Korea/Japan 2002, in which the team first lost 1-0 to Argentina and drew goalless with England in their last group match, to stumble out of the contest.
However, the goal and celebration by ‘Aggie’ style ardent hold soccer fans spellbound worldwide, especially with the match commentator adding spice with his wild repetition in describing the striker’s somersaults.
‘On and on and on and on,’ the commentator screamed with delight, such that FIFA cannot be faulted for remembering the captivating scene all of 16 years on, and honouring the man who enacted the feat.
The global soccer body stated gleefully: “A great header. An even better celebration. @NGSuperEagles’ Julius Aghahowa.
“The man responsible for these 2002 #WorldCup acrobatics, turns 37. What do you think is the best #WorldCup goal celebration of all time?”