The Nigeria Football Federation – NFF has celebrated with 1996 gold medalist, Tijani Babangida as he clocks 50′ on Monday September 25, 2023.
In a message posted on its ‘X’ handle, the NFF hailed Babangida’s exploits as a winger in his playing days.
” Comfortable fiftieth Birthday to the wing wizard, racy, pacy, Tijani Babangida,” the NFF wrote on their X handle.
” We wish you a lot glad returns Tj and thanks for the memories 🎂🥂🎂.”
Tijani Babangida enjoyed an illustrious International profession which began along with his first call-up to the senior Super Eagles for a pre-World Cup friendly against Romania in 1994.
The winger couldn’t break into the star-studded Nigerian team and so missed the 1994 World Cup.
Babangida will go on to represent Nigeria on the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, where the ‘Dream Team’ clinched gold, a feat that shot individual players to International prominence.
Babangida became an everyday feature with the Nigeria National team and made the squad for the 1998 World Cup in France, where he scored Nigeria’s consolatory goal within the 4-1 defeat to Denmark within the round of 16.
His last International competition was the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, where he Nigeria won a bronze medal.
Tijani Babangida represented the likes of, Roda JC, VVV Venlo , Ajax and Vitesse, Turkish club Genclerbirligi, Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia and Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai during his playing days.