Former Ajax Amsterdam and Super Eagles Winger, Tijani Babangida is not in support of the bribery allegations labelled against former coach and captain of the super Eagles of Nigeria Late Steven Keshi.
Babangida who retired with 36 appearances for Nigeria’s Super Eagels scoring five goals told Daily Independent Nigeria that the allegations made by former Hoffenheim striker Chinedu Obasi, Taye Taiwo and Brown Ideye was without facts.
The former winger who will be known for his pace during his playing days was sometimes compared to former Arsenal legend Marc Overmars spent the majority of his playing career for Ajax Amsterdam making 77 appearances noted that the allegations against the late Super Eagles gaffer will only be nice if the manager was alive to refute the claims labelled against him.
“Why did they wait till now to accuse the coach, who died many years ago? I think it is baseless and a waste of efforts.
“Where is Keshi to come and tell us whether he demanded for bribe from the players or not? I don’t think Nigerians should so much bother themselves with this allegation because at this time, everybody should be involved in moving our football forward,” Said Babangida.
Meanwhile former Super Eagels physical trainer under Keshi, Valere Houdonou and current Super Eagles assistant manager, Joseph Yobo, have censure the asservation, stating that players should be careful when speaking to the public.
Late Steven Keshi became the first coach in history to qualify Togo for the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and later coached Nigeria to a third African Cup of Nations Trophy in 2013 where he became one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.