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Okocha, Kanu line out for SMW Football Day

18 February 2016, 16:39Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Campos Square will light up on Sunday February 21 as the stars of Nigeria's glorious Atlanta 96 Olympic football gold medal winning team once again take to the pitch, 20 years after they stunned the world.

The likes of Sunday Oliseh, Emmanuel Amunike, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Victor Ikpeba, Taribo West and more will take on a Lagos All Stars team as part of celebrations to mark the event at Social Media Week Lagos.

"I think it is wonderful that SMW Lagos is doing this," said Amunike. "Sometimes you don't realize the importance of what you have achieved until much later, and I think that now we all appreciate what that meant to everyone."

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Among other events lined up are a gala night at SS 7 in Victoria Island to honour the heroes, while a series of panels and sessions on Thursday February 25 will relive those wonderful moments in Nigeria's football history.

"It is hard to think that 20 years have flown by so quickly," said Victor Ikpeba, who would go on to win the African Player of the Year prize a year later. "It was a moment that none of us will ever forget and we appreciate SMW Lagos for putting this together."

"The victory of our team at Atlanta 96 was a seminal moment for Nigerian & African football, for us it is a privilege to host these Nigerian heroes and to celebrate them," said Obi Asika, Chairman and Co-Founder, SMW Lagos.

"Please come out and support them, take a selfie, and relive those special moments. A special word of thanks to Lagos State football Association, Seyi Akinwumi and his team, Ayo Alli and the Gbamm team and all who have worked tirelessly with us to make this happen."

All events, bar the football game and Gala, take place at the SMW Lagos Campus on Landmark Centre, Oniru.

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