by Mark Bassey
Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West, has revealed that other ex players have cursed the national team.
The former Inter Milan and AC Milan player, claims the players became angry after football administrators and the government abandoned them, after they sacrificed their best years to the country.
West claims it is one of the reasons, why football in Nigeria is going downhill.
“Administrators in the past committed a lot of atrocities against Eagles players and in anger these players cursed the team. Stephen Keshi led the Eagles to win the AFCON title two years ago through the grace of God. We all saw the problems the team encountered before winning the trophy in South Africa,” he said.
“Imagine a nation you serve, you get injured and nobody cares; they dump you. Look at the way a player like (Rashidi) Yekini served the team and died. It shouldn’t have been. Somebody needs to go to his family and compensate them. (Sunday) Eboigbe has been paralysed for years and nobody has gone to see him. Will you say such a man, who gave his best for his country, shouldn’t curse his country?”
West, who is now a pastor, claims that he has put the past behind him and forgiven those who pushed him out of the national team.
“I have forgiven them but look at the way I was sent packing from the national team. I spoke for the young players in the team, who didn’t have a voice and they banned me.Why won’t I be aggrieved? Since then they (Eagles) haven’t had a good defence,” he added.
Ifreke Inyang is a public commentator and social media critic who has worked with a number of high profile publications across the country.