Former Super Eagles technical adviser Bonfrere Jo has made a rather staggering claim that his former boss, Clemens Westerhof, sold the team’s World Cup last 16 match against Italy.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles, in their maiden appearance at the World Cup in 1994,
agonisingly lost 2-1 to Italy in a tense last 16 tie.
Nigeria were a minute away from recording a famous victory against the Azzurri after
Emmanuel Aminike gave them a first-half lead.
But despite playing much of the second-half with an extra man, ballon d’Or holder Roberto Baggio netted the equalising goal.
The magical Italy no 10 then struck from the spot in extra time to break Nigerian
hearts and hand victory to Arigo Sacchi’s men.
Twenty six years later, Bonfrere, who was Westerhof’s assistant at that time, has
come out to say that the latter sold the game to Italy.
“Yes Everyone blames the coach. The coach did something wrong and we lost
before the game started,” Bonfrere stated in an interview with Brilla FM.
“He sold the game for $100,000, that’s why we lost against Italy. If you don’t believe, you can ask the players.”
Bonfrere Jo, who led Nigeria’s Dream Team to victory at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics,
then implicated ex-Eagles captain Sunday Oliseh, saying he “would never say the
“Sunday Oliseh is a politician and he will not say the truth. You can ask Daniel
Amokachi, he is bold and he will say the truth. But I don’t know if he’ll be able to talk
now that he’s in the government.”