Former Nigerian coach Johannes Bonfrere has revealed how he saved compatriot Clemens Westerhof from being sacked as Super Eagles Technical Adviser, after the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria, Completesports.com reports.
Bonfrere, 73, disclosed this in an interview on Monday on Brila FM from his country Holland.
Also Read: Bundesliga Clubs Return To Training Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
According to Bonfrere, he was approached by the board of the then NFA after the tournament where the Eagles finished second, but he turned the offer down.
Bonfrere said he had been approached on numerous occasions to replace his country man but kept turning it down.
“I refused to take his job in 1990 in Algeria when the board asked me in a meeting that they would like to sack him and bring me as the head coach.
“But I refused that moment and I have refused many times.”
When asked which of the squads between the 1994 Super Eagles side and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic gold medal winner side he would prefer, Bonfrere said: “I prefer the 1996 squad because they learnt from me how to play football. How to play attack, how to score goals and how to win games. Unlike in 1994 where someone was cheating the team.”
Both Bonfrere and Westerhof who have since fell out, were on opposite benches when Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles hosted Zimbabwe in the last group game in the qualifiers for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.
Playing inside the mainbowl of the National stadium, Surulere, the U-23 Eagles thrashed the Zimbabweans 4-0 to pick the group’s ticket.
Before the Eagles opened scoring, Westerhof was sent away from the Zimbabwean bench in the first half for misconduct.
Before they fell out Bonfrere was assistant to Westerhof at the Algiers 1990, Senegal 1992 and Tunisia 1994 AFCONs.
Bonfrere was also his assistant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States where the Eagles got eliminated 2-1 by Italy after extra-time.
He was in charge of the Super Falcons at the maiden edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China in 1991.
At the Sydney Olympic games, Bonfrere could not replicate the 1996 feat as the Eagles crashed out in the quarter-final after losing 4-1 to Chile.
Prior to the Sydney games, he led the Super Eagles to a second place finish at the 2000 AFCON co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.
By James Agberebi
How To Migrate To Canada Without IELTS – A must read for anyone looking for a better life abroad”…. Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.
You may be interested
Ortom withdraws petition over Benue North West Senatorial seatWebby - March 29, 2023
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has formally withdrawn his petition challenging the election of Titus Zam of the All…
CYPA Arica Iyama, congratulates Plateau governor-elect MutfwangWebby - March 28, 2023
The Citizen Observers Hub Executive Director, CYPA Africa, Amb. Chris Iyama has congratulated the Plateau State Governor-elect Barr. Caleb Mutfwang…
2023 Election: Embrace Peace, Patriotism, CSO Beckons YouthsWebby - March 28, 2023
Advertisement From Mba Nnenna – Abakaliki With the social unrest in the country, as a result of alleged election irregularities,…
Leave a Comment