Friday, 10 April 2020

Taribo West - Some players snuck women into team's base before Denmark match.

Former Nigeria defender Taribo West revealed that some of his teammates snuck women into the team's base before their 1998 World Cup Round of 16 game against Denmark.

The Super Eagles enjoyed a fairytale run to the second round of the competition in France, after topping Group D with six points from three games, ahead of Paraguay, Spain and Bulgaria.

They were paired against Group C runners-up Denmark in the Round of 16 where they were eventually knocked out after a 4-1 defeat at Stade de France.

In the fixture, Tijani Babangida scored Nigeria's only goal and his late strike was not enough to inspire a comeback for Bora Milutinovic's side.

West was in action from start to finish during the game, and he blamed fatigue and complacency for the defeat after some players slept with women before a crucial match.

“I read reports about Eagles visiting nightclubs and driving limousines during the World Cup in France, honestly, I don’t know about that,” Taribo told the Punch.

“But what I know is that some players sneaked women into camp, I saw that.

"The women were Africans who came to watch the tournament and fell in love with our team, because of the way we played in the group stage. So, it was easy for these players to woo them to their rooms.

“That is why on match day, you could see a lot of the players didn’t have the strength to curtail the Danish players.

"They were tired after overworking themselves the night before with the women. I was yelling at them on the pitch, I was very angry with them.

“They did all these because they thought we were going to beat Denmark.”

Nigeria was the only African country that progressed to the knockout stage of the 1998 World Cup tournament in France with South Africa, Cameroon and Tunisia bowing out in the group stage.


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