Udeze: Why Babayaro, Aiyegbeni, Agali Were Kicked Out Of 2004 AFCON

Former Nigeria international Ifeanyi Udeze revealed why Yakubu Aiyegbeni's trio, Victor Agali and Celestine Babayaro were expelled from the Super Eagles team at the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia.

Agali, Babayaro and Aiyegbeni were accused of carrying women after the Eagles lost 1-0 to Morocco in the 2004 AFCON opening game.


The three players were then removed from the team with the Eagles' second game against South Africa a few days earlier.

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However, recalling the incident on his Brila FM radio show "Diário de Ifeanyi Udeze", the former left-back who was part of the Eagles 2004 AFCON team, dismissed the allegations that the trio was caught with women.


"The rules they broke was that from 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm players must be in their rooms," said Udeze.

“But after 11 pm they were still at the bar, but they weren't with women. I didn't see tyem with checkers and nobody told me they were caught with checkers.


The 2002 FIFA World Cup star added: "The truth is that if you are at a bar and someone is also at the bar drinking alone, does that mean that we are together?" he asked.

The Eagles beat South Africa 4-0 and the Republic of Benin 2-1 to advance alongside Morocco in the quarterfinals.

In the quarter-final tie against then-African champion Cameroon, the Eagles won 2-1 thanks to an excellent free kick from Austin Okocha and a goal by John Utaka.

Unfortunately, the Eagles lost 5-3 on penalties to host Tunisia after 120 minutes of football, finishing 1-1.


Okocha opened the penalty spot before the Tunisians equalized with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.


And in third place, the Eagles beat Mali 2-1 and took bronze home.

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