- Finidi George says he was not aware his teammates had ladies in their rooms at France ‘98
- Taribo West claimed that Nigeria crashed out of the tournament because players sneaked women into their hotel rooms before the round of 16 game against Denmark
- Finidi however slams his former teammate over the allegation
Former Nigerian international Finidi George has stated that he was not aware some players had ladies in their rooms prior to their second-round loss to Denmark at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Legendary Super Eagles defender Taribo West earlier claimed that some of his teammates had sneaked women into their hotel rooms before that game.
Recall that Nigeria stole the show in the group stages after upsetting European giants Spain and Bulgaria in their first two games, before going down 1-0 against Paraguay in their last fixture, but that didn’t stop the Super Eagles from topping Group D as the team became very popular in France.
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The Super Eagles who were tipped to defeat Denmark in the round of 16 of the competition were stunned 4-1 by the Europeans and Nigeria exited the competition.
Finidi George who was also part of the Nigerian party to the mundial however stated that his team-mate Taribo West should have made the allegation before now, adding that he was not aware.
“I was never aware of such and this is my problem with some of my teammates. If he (Taribo West) saw some players camping ladies in their rooms, why didn’t he speak up that time?” Finidi told Legit.ng during a live Instagram session on Monday, May 25.
“Why wait till after 22 years before coming out to speak up? He could have spoken up that time not now.”
Asked why Nigeria under-performed in that game against Denmark if Taribo West claim isn’t true, Finidi George said the Super Eagles underrated the Europeans.
“The problem we had against Denmark was that we underrated them because we beat Spain, Bulgaria and we just felt Denmark will be an easy ride,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles legendary goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has credited the team bond and relationship that existed between the players and late coach Stephen Keshi as the key reason why Nigeria won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Recall that Nigeria emerged champions after dispatching Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso in the knockout stages on their road to victory.
Nigeria ended their 19-year wait after beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final to lift the Nations Cup for the third time in the country's history.
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