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I Never Regretted Missing France 1998 World Cup – Pascal

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Ex-international star, Patrick Pascal, has revealed that he never regretted missing out on the final list of Super Eagles players who represented Nigeria at the 1998 World Cup in France.

 Pascal who played the entire 90 minutes of the last Super Eagles’ World Cup friendly game  against Germany were Nigeria lost 0-1 to the European side couldn’t make the Bora Milutinovic’s final 23man list to the world showpiece.

Pascal who is the current Super Eagles team coordinator while speaking to LEADERSHIP sports noted that it was a learning process in his career.

“It was in the last minute that they announced the names of the players who were going to World Cup which my name was not included, I believe it was not my time to go to the World Cup then” he said.

According to the Bauchi state FA chairman “I played well in the friendly match against Germany that we lost 0-1, it is not everything that happens in life that we question, but for me, it was a learning process I just took it the way it comes, and I left it for almighty God”.

He also revealed that the lack of experience in Nigeria’s team led to their elimination at the round of 16 against Denmark (1-4) despite finishing top in the group head of Paraguay, Spain and Bulgaria.

“That’s football for you, whenever you want to play you always think of positive side and not negative, the players try their best, but for me, lack of experience stopped Nigeria’s qualification to the quarterfinals stage”.

“Also we were not too good at games management which contributed to we losing to Denmark, we should have played the ball to opponent half and prevent them from coming close to our half which led them to score us” he concluded



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