Bonfrere Jo Makes U-Turn On Clemens Westerhof Controversy

A recent interview former Super Eagles coach, Bonfrere Jo had with some Nigerian journalists has been recanted as it was generating unnecessary controversy and digging up old wounds.

Bonfrere shocked many Nigerians recently when he alleged on Brila FM that Clemens Westerhof collected $100,000 bribe to lose the match against Italy.

Bonfrere was brought to Nigeria by Westerhof in the early 1990s.

While his boss left after Nigeria lost 2-1 to Italy in their second-round match at USA ’94 World Cup, Bonfrere stayed on and led the Olympics Eagles to win a gold medal at Atlanta ’96.

However, the coach has in a press statement insisted that the report did not reflect the entire context of his interview with some journalists. “It was clearly no intention of mine to generate unnecessary controversy or dig up old wounds,” he said.

He continues: “The misunderstanding that followed is largely regrettable and needless.

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”And should not distract us from the point of focus today, which should be centred on ways of elevating the level of Nigerian football to what we used to know,” he stated.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

Oseg has been a writer since 2013. His passion for helping people in all aspects of sports flow through in the expert coverage he provides in writing for GoalBall.