Taribo: Eagles Players Slept With Women Before Denmark Game At France 98

Taribo: Eagles Players Slept With Women Before Denmark Game At France 98

Legendary Nigeria defender, Taribo West, has revealed that some of his Super Eagles teammates sneaked women into their hotel rooms a night before their round of 16 clash against Denmark at 1998 World Cup in France.

The Eagles were overwhelming favourites against Denmark but put up a lacklustre performance, and were humiliated 4-1 by the 1992 European champions at Stade de France, Saint-Denis.

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Prior to the game against Denmark, the Eagles has topped their group, finishing with six points, following wins against Spain (3-2) and Bulgaria (1-0).

In their final group game against Paraguay which was an inconsequential tie, the Eagles lost 3-1.

And recalling what transpired the night before the game, West claimed the players were fatigued on match day, hence their disappointing performance.

“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 went on to face Brazil in a  tough quarter-final encounter and lost 3-2.

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  • Pompei 3 years ago

    Well, I heard about this mess years ago, but dismissed it. If this is true, then the team got what it deserved. This is the kind of nonsense that can never happen under Rohr. The discipline and focus that the team has now, which is a big reason why they have been doing so well, is largely attributable to Rohr. Those that want Rohr out at all costs, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! Lest we go from a team that has the potential to be Afcon 2021 champions and possible semifinalists at the Qatar 2022 mundial, to a team where the players have their priorities misplaced, a team where players choose to fornicate before a world cup knock-out game, a team that will inevitably nosedive back into the murky basement of the world football rankings! Let’s be guided!

  • _ Sex without Orgasm _

    Coming exactly 21 years and 9 months to the day when the Super Eagles of Nigeria had their feathers ripped off their skins in a crushing second round 4:1 decapitation from the legs of ranked outsiders Denmark in the France 1998 World Cup, legendary defender-turn-pastor Taribo West has now come out to sensationally allege that some of his then-team mates smuggled women into their hotel rooms (to do what is not so far from the imagination) just a day before the infamous match – as claimed by the article above.

    Why now? I ask. Perhaps it coincides with FIFA TV YouTube channel shedding a spotlight on Nigeria by planning to air another Super Eagles World Cup second round encounter later today. Mercifully, it will be the more favourable Nigeria vs Italy match that they will be airing – another match that has been in the news recently no thanks to Jo Bonfrere’s astonishing claims that his former boss Clemens Westerhof sold the match!

    What nonsense! I know fact is stranger than fiction and I will be more than happy to eat my own words if true but for now, I think the ageing Dutchman’s comments belong in the dustbin.

    As corona virus grips the global community shutting down all major sporting activities including football, there seem to be no shortage of extraordinary claims to keep interest alive whilst we wait for the real business of football to resume (and resume it will sooner rather than later by the grace of God!).

    It is interesting though for Taribo to link the loss to Denmark to sex but I actually think there was more to it than that. Structurally, the team was poor and very lucky indeed to have amassed the bumper 6 points that they did in the groups stages.

    After fasting and prayers of millions of Nigerians helped them see off Spain, an ageing and declining Bulgaria was easy meat. The 3:1 pounding by Paraguay was just a precursor of what was to come with the expected 4:1 humiliation of Denmark only going to confirm to me that that team was ill-equipped, ill-prepared, poorly motivated, badly drilled and structurally deficient to mount any meaningful campaign.

    The late Uche Okafor (a defender after my very heart – may his soul continue to rest in peace) was quoted as implying that the atmosphere around the team was not affable. He implied arrogant behaviours and that he was only too happy when it was all over (after the 4:1 defeat).

    So, whilst sex-the-night-before may have played a part, there were several other factors sank the Super Eagles-titanic in France 98. Many of these factors played out long before the tournament even started.

    Sadly, many years after, I don’t think the lessons have been learnt!

    But for me as a fan, I continue to have sex with the Super Eagles whilst waiting eagerly for the climax.

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    Not forgetting the “Atlanta clique” Vs the “Tunisia clique” infighting in camp.
    Nigeria has had a chequered history of pressing the self destruct buttons when things seem to be going the right way for us.
    We are yet spoiling for another at the moment which might see a potential back to back AFCON trophy and a WC qfinal position become another case of “what would have been” after a decade or 2.
    Hopefully we will learn someday and allow logic override petty parochia, tribal and racial sentiments.

  • I totally agree with you guys @deo & @drey… one thing this nation has penchant for is the capacity to use the self-destruct button at will and I pray God help and save us from that individually and collectively as a nation…
    Happy Easter!!!