In an interview with Brilla FM recently, former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu explained that the trio of Celestine Babayaro, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Agali were caught with women at the 2004 AFCON in Tunisia.
The Super Eagles traveled to Tunisia in 2004 with Nigerians hoping that they would bring back the AFCON title which they failed to win. Nigeria even started the competition badly losing against Morocco in the first game which made all the Super Eagles fans angry. After the defeat, Yakubu, Babayaro and Agali were accused of bringing women to the Super Eagles camp which made their teammates livid.
Speaking on the incident, Christian Chukwu explained that the coaching crew were informed by the security of what the trio did in the hotel.
“The three of them didn’t deny it and it got their teammates really angry. ”First thing is discipline and if that decision was not taken what kind of message are you trying to send? And that’s why Osaze Odemwingie came up and proved himself,” Chukwu said on Brila FM. He added that it was not only the coaches who decided to send these three players away from the camp adding that it was a collective decision. “
Nigeria went on to reach the semifinal of the 2004 Nations Cup losing on penalties against Tunisia, but beat Mali 2-1 in third place tie.