You’ll now see me more in Nigeria as it’s my second home –Westerhof

Former Super Eagles coach Clemens Westerhof has said that he would now visit Nigeria more than he did in the past as it’s his second home.

He spoke soon after the Federal Government on Monday fulfilled a 25-year pledge to former Technical Adviser of the Eagles.

An elated Westerhof, who flew into Nigeria from The Netherlands on Sunday night, said: “I am overjoyed. I want to thank the Nigerian Government for this, and I want to assure you that you will now see more of me in Nigeria.

 “Nigeria is my second fatherland, and I am proud of what we were able to achieve with the players in those years. They were disciplined, dedicated and determined to lift Nigeria high, and we took Nigeria from 79th position to 5th in the world. I am thankful.”

Westerhof did not forget some of his players who have passed on saying he was pained.

 “However, I feel sad that some of my players have left us. May their souls rest in peace,” he said.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola afterwards presented the letter of allocation of the house to Westerhof. 

It was an impressive ceremony inside the conference room of the Federal Ministry of Power.

Westerhof, a Dutchman, was head coach of the Super Eagles’ Class of 1994 – appropriately-styled Golden Generation – that won Nigeria’s first-ever FIFA World Cup ticket, won Nigeria’s first Africa Cup of Nations title on away ground and reached the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in USA.