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Soccer News of Wednesday, 15 June 2022


Taribo West reveals why Nigeria lost the 1998 World Cup game against Denmark

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Super Eagles legend, Taribo West has revealed the mystery behind Nigeria's surprising defeat to Denmark at the round 16 stage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

The Super Eagles lost 4-1 to the Danes in an encounter many tipped Nigeria as favourites following their performance which saw the three-time Africa champions top their group ahead of Spain, Bulgaria, and Paraguay.

The Super Eagles garnered 6 points and were paired against group C runners-up Denmark but shockingly crashed out of the tournament after a poor performance against the European side.

West, who was an integral member of the Super Eagles team that played in that encounter has revealed that some members of the squad sneaked women into their hotel rooms the night before the game.

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

“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.” The former footballer-turned-pastor told The Punch, as quoted by Daily Mail.

West played for European giants like Inter and AC Milan during his playing days.

He won 42 caps for the Eagles.