By Joshua Anigilaje
The Flying Eagles would have settled for the first position, gold medal, at the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Egypt, but the double and multiple Passports obtained for some players that denied the best legs the ample opportunity to showcase their talents, at the on going AFCON U-20 in Egypt.
Our findings reveals that some of the players’ agents in their dubious manner, obtained multiple Passports with different ages for some of the players that could enable them fix their into the U17 or U20 squad with same names; a development that forced the Ibrahim Musa Gusau-led Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to drop the affected players to avoid international embarrassment.
Also, some and top guns in the football administration forced some players that are close to dead woods on the coaching crew, thus dropping the good legs; a development that made the team to struggle from their first match of the championship to their placing game against Tunisia.
“It’s a sad development that our football teams have become a dumping ground for the politicians to select who features in which team. If the U20 coaching crew led by Ladan Bosso was allowed to select his choice players, we would have been talking of playing in the final, but the players agents and politicians kept forcing rookies on the team. This is killing our football, and demoralizing the good players dropped for the rookies brought by the agents and politicians”, our source said.
“My worry is that the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, could not detect it when these Players’ Agents were processing the double Passports for the players. It was same name and other vital information except for their ages that were changed to suit their wicked plans that led to the dropping of these good players.”
Seven-time champions Nigeria have since Wednesday commenced training sessions for their third-place match against Tunisia at the Africa U20 Cup of Nations ongoing in Egypt.
A lone goal defeat to The Gambias’ Young Scorpions in the tournament’s second semi-final in Cairo on Monday condemned the Flying Eagles to the classification match, in which they come up against Tunisia, who crumbled 3-0 to the sterling Senegalese in the first semi-final in Cairo the same day.