Former Super Eagles defender Emeka Ezeugo has recounted Nigeria’s first appearance at the FIFA World Cup in the USA, blaming the coach Clemence Westerhoff for the team’s loss to Italy.
Italy defeated Nigeria, 2-1, in a game that turned exciting the moment Baggio emerged from a three-match stupor.
Nigeria took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and frustrated Italy until Baggio’s first goal. And until two minutes were left, Nigeria looked like the team Spain would face here in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Baggio scored in the 89th minute to tie the score, then made a penalty kick in the 102nd minute before 54,367 in the tournament’s first overtime match.
In a fierce conversation with brila.net on Sunday Morning, Ezeugo said Nigeria didn’t have the best XI in the pitch, as Clemence Westerhof was the agent of 97% of the team, so he always chose the players that he wanted to market.”
“Clemence Westerhof wasn’t tactically focused, he was the reason why we lost against Italy.”
“Clemence Westerhof wasn’t tactically focused, he was the reason why we lost against Italy. Westerhof’s substitutions were the reason why we lost against Italy.”
“Sunday Oliseh was another major reason why we lost against Italy. He made a huge blunder which led to their goal”
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