Nigeria U17s captain is too old to play for the U21 team
Golden Eaglets skipper allegedly turned 18 about seven years ago
The U-17 World Cup, currently taking place in Nigeria, has been rocked by allegations the host nation’s captain, Fortune Chukwudi, is actually somewhere closer to 25.
Before the tournament, FIFA had made attempts to stamp out ‘age cheating’ by using MRI scans to determine a players age through bone density, but on Sunday a former Nigerian international revealed he’d seen Chukwudi playing youth team football as far back as 02/03:
“In the 2002/2003 season, I was chairman of Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt. I decided to have a feeder team of fresh school leavers not older than 20 years.
One of my key players then is the current captain of our so-called Under 17 Golden Eaglets. By his own admission at that time, that is seven years ago, he was 18 years old.
If we are not utterly irresponsible, how can he be eligible for this tournament when he is not less than 25 years old now?”
Bombshell revelation dropped, surely it’s time for the rest of football’s secret OAPs to fess up. We’re looking at you, Kanu, Adu, Martins, Yakubu, Robben…