World Cup 1998, France show nation from Africa "Super Eagles" alongside Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. Optimism was high due to their manager Bora Milutinovc and the return of most 1994 squad members. In the final tournament Nigeria were drawn into group D with Spain, Bulgaria, Paraguay. Nigeria scored a major upset by defeating Spain 3-2 after coming back twice from being 1-0 and 2-1 down. The Eagles qualified for the second round with win
against Bulgaria and loss to Paraguay. Their hopes of surpassing their 1994 performance was shattered after a 4-1 loss to Denmark.
Nigeria squads :
1 GK Peter Rufai, 2 DF Mobi Oparaku, 3 DF Celestine Babayaro, 4 FW Nwankwo Kanu, 5 DF Uche Okechukwu, 6 DF Taribo West, 7 FW Finidi George, 8 MD Mutiu Adepoju, 9 FW Rashidi Yekini, 10 MD Augustine Okocha, 11 MD Garba Lawal, 12 GK William Okpara, 13 MD Tijani Babangida, 14 FW Daniel Amokachi, 15 MD Sunday Oliseh, 16 FW Uche Okafor, 17 DF Augustine Eguavoen, 18 MD Wilson Oruma, 19 DF Benedict Iroha, 20 FW Victor Ikpeba, 21 DF Godwin Okpara, 22 GK Abiodun Baruwa, Coach: Bora Milutinovic (YUG)
Matches in which NIGERIA wore with the home kits with the all green kits.
1. Beat SPAIN 3-2 at Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes ( First round, Group D, 13 June 1998 )
2. Beat BULGARIA 1-0 at Parc des Princes, Paris ( First round, Group D, 19 June 1998 )
3. Lost DENMARK 4-1 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis ( Round of 16, 28 June 1998 )
The NIGERIA Home kits with the away white shorts and sock was worn for just one match in whole tournament. Lost to PARAGUAY 0-3 at Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse ( First round, Group D, 24 June 1998 ).