Daniel Amokachi’s twin sons sign for Turkish giants Besiktas

The Nigerian Olympic Gold medal winner and Everton cult star evidently has good genes.

Amokachi on fire Image Getty

Daniel Amokachi only spent two seasons with Everton in the Premier League but during that time he still managed to secure himself a special place in Toffees and FA Cup folklore.

Facing off against a heavily-fancied Tottenham team spearheaded by Jurgen Klinsmann in the 1995 semi-final, the Nigerian did something never seen in the English game before or since – he substituted himself on.

“I just thought ‘I hope this works’ and Thank God it did, or it could have been my last game for Everton.”

“The gaffer [Joe Royle] kept saying he wanted to give him five minutes, but he wasn’t getting any better so I decided to bring myself on,” he told the Liverpool Echo in an interview a few years back.

“Klinsmann was on fire and really piling on the pressure, and I felt I could help change the game.

“I just thought ‘I hope this works’ and Thank God it did, or it could have been my last game for Everton.”

Initially furious at the Nigerian’s underhand move, Royle’s fury turned to joy as Amokachi netted twice in a 4-1 victory that set up a final date with Manchester United.

The Toffees’ eventual 1-0 victory at Wembley remains the last piece of silverware secured by the Merseyside club and ensured Amokachi finished his career with more FA Cup winners’ medals than Alan Shearer.

A year later, Amokachi enjoyed the crowning moment of his international career too, helping Nigeria to Olympic Gold at the 1996 games in Atlanta.

Now a little older and wiser following a short stint in charge of the Super Eagles, Amokachi is celebrating the start of an exciting new chapter for his twin sons Nazim and Kalim Amokachi.

The 20-year-old brothers signed for the Turkish giants after impressing during a week-long trial with the club, having previously attempted to earn deals with another of their father’s former club’s, Everton.

Daniel Amokachi's sons.
The next generation. Daniel Amokachi's twin sons sign for Besiktas. Image Besiktas/Facebook

Keen to follow in the footsteps of twin footballing greats like Frank and Ronald de Boer as well as, to a lesser extent, Fabio and Rafael da Silva, the pair still have some way to go before they rival the feats of their father.

Oh, and they probably shouldn’t try to sub themselves on in any games. Not everyone is as relaxed as Joe Royle when it comes to such antics.

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