NFA Almost Denied Westerhof From Leading Super Eagles To 1994 World Cup


Former Nigerian midfielder, Sunday Oliseh has revealed that the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) tried to sack Clemens Westerhof as the coach of the senior national team prior to Nigeria’s first-ever appearance at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Oliseh, who was a member of the team that won Nigeria’s second Africa Cup of Nations title in Tunisia 94′, stated this in his book, titled ‘Audacity to Refuse’.

The former Borussia Dortmund star noted that Westerhof confined on him on the move by the NFA to sack without any genuine reasons.

Oliseh was a key member of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia under Dutch tactician Clemens Westerhof.

“Prior to President (Sani) Abacha’s call, I received a surprising response, a summon from coach Westerhoff to his room. He inquired how my knee injury was going. Before I could give a response he informed me that I had to do everything possible to play as my role had become extremely important to our success…

Source: Complete Sports