Former Nigeria International, Taribo West has revealed that some members of the Super Eagles team allowed women into their hotel rooms hours before the second round clash against Denmark at the France 98 FIFA World Cup.
The Super Eagles were tipped 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 which the team lost 3-1 to the South Americans.
The Bora Milutinovic led team put up an abject performance against Denmark losing 4-1 to crash out of a tournament they started with so much promise but ended on a disappointing note.
The team’s ouster sparked outrage in Nigeria, and most football followers were disappointed, but a key member of the team, Taribo West, has revealed what happened a night before the loss against Denmark at Stade de France, Saint-Denis.
Bora Milutinovic said after the match that the players were fatigued on match day.
“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 eventually lost to Brazil 3-2 in the quarter-final to crash out of the competition.