- Adegboye Onigbinde has disclosed that 1984 Africa Cup of Nations final between Cameroon and Nigeria was fixed
- The 81-year-old maintained that some high-placed Nigerians never wanted the to emerge victorious
- Onigbinde also faulted Gernot Rohr, for writing off Nigeria's chances of winning the ongoing 2019 AFCON before hostilities commenced
Ex-Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has revealed the final game of 1984 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) between Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and Nigeria’s Super Eagles was allegedly fixed.
According to The Guardian citing allnigeriasoccer.com report, the Modakeke high chief, who was on the bench during the encounter at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, explained that some high-placed Nigerians never wanted the Super Eagles to emerge victorious at the end of the tournament.
The 81-year-old Onigbinde also faulted eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for blacking his out of the present set-up despite his contributions to the growth of Nigerian football in the past.
“I sympathize with Nigeria. I had been to this competition before. But now I am not relevant with Nigerian football… they have declared me irrelevant and I am enjoying my rest.
“In 1984, Nigeria placed second under my control and that was as a result of intrigues and sabotage by Nigerians so I wish Nigeria the best of luck.
“Certainly, I would have won in 1984, at the right time I will reveal the secret to Nigerians, the final match was bought by some prominent Nigerians,” Onigbinde was quoted as saying on Cool FM Abuja.
Speaking further, Onigbinde, who was also in the dugout for Nigeria at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and Korea refused commenting in the number of local based players in the Super Eagles squad, but was quick to note that Franco-German manager Gernot Rohr wrote off the nation’s chances of winning the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of the tournament.
“That is left to the administrators, don’t forget that before the competition started our coach rated Nigeria out of prominence,” submitted Onigbinde.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Gernot Rohr has called on thethem and finish the competition on a high.
The three-time African champions were subjected to a painful 2-1 defeat to the Desert Foxes and the Nigerian side will be looking to redeem their image against Tunisia in the third place playoffs.
And Rohr has urged his team to stay focused on their match against the Carthage Eagles and added that team has a promising future despite the slip up.
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