He disclosed while holding his show on Brila FM that He means no disrespect to the home base players but if home-based had been played in the tie, they would have horrendously conceded 5 goals to Tunisia who were spirited in the game.
He expressed the extent of humiliation they faced from fans of Tunisia. He said the fans outside of the stadium on that day are more than those in the stadium.
Ifeanyi Edeze who played most of his club career football with PAOK in Greece and also played for West Brom where he had failed to impress making just 10 EPL appearances. He gained his first senior call up into the super Eagles in 2000 and played until 2005. He made 35 appearances for the Super Eagles Playing as a Left back and centre back.
The former Super Eagles player said Osaze Odewingi agreed to play the penalty and was made the first kicker while Okocha agreed to play last.
Ifeanyi said Christian Chukwu the then Super Eagles coach had insisted he pens down his name amongst the 5 players who should play in the penalty.
Unfortunately, the first kick from Ozaze Odewingi was missed and that marked down the hope of the team.
That same year they finished in 3rd place in the tournament after defeating Mali for 3rd place.
The former defender further said in 2001 during a qualifying game against Ghana in Portharcourt, cross River State, they won Ghana in the last game of Japan-Korea world cup qualify.
After the game, the Governor of Rivers Peter Odili hosted both teams players, he gave a gift of $3000 each to Ghanian players and $5000 to each Nigerian player with plots of Land in River State.
The former defender showered encomium on Peter Odili and still recognise that benevolent act as one of the best they had while playing with the Super Eagles.