Legendary Nigerian Defender, Taribo West, has revealed that some members of the team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup sneaked women into their hotel rooms a night before the 4-1 loss to Denmark in a round of 16 clash.
The Super Eagles were the overwhelming favorites to proceed against Denmark having finished top of the Group with six points, courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Spain, 1-0 victory against Bulgaria.
The last group game was a dead rubber match against Paraguay, the team lost 3-1 to the South Americans.
The Westerhof led team put up a lacklustre performance against Denmark, the match ended 4-1 in favor of the Europeans.
The performance sparked outrage in Nigeria and most football followers were disappointed, but a key proponent of the team, Taribo West has revealed what happened a night before the loss against Denmark.
“I read reports about Eagles visiting nightclubs and driving limousines during the World Cup in France, honestly, I don’t know about that,” West 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.”
Denmark crashed out of the competition with a 3-2 loss to Brazil in the quarter final.
SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (sport)