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…

6 responses so far
  • Squelch // November 4, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Kanu could be 50 with the way he moves. He still knows what to do with the ball though.

  • Viktor // November 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    This is bs and has been bs for a while with a lot of african countries, Nigeria should be banned from all fifa competitions at least for a couple of years end of story.

  • iolanach // November 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Shocker. And people still wonder why the African teams get great results in the youth competitions and invariably fail in the “grown up” ones. Maybe the guys they have playing there are already in their 40′s?

  • KENNY // November 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I dont think one needs to create any unnecessary confusion about the guy’s age. The are two ways to detect somebody’s age; 1 through the person’s family and (2) through MRI. The 2 processes have been followed and both proved him to be less than 17 years. Meanwhile, we need not to take medicine for another person’s headache.

    All the best!

  • Henshaw // November 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    It is interesting to note that some Nigerians are not just blinded by the desire to win the championship but to do so with relatively young players as much as possible.

    I have watched only one of the matches played by Nigeria and i am also not convinced that even Stanley Okoro is as young as he claims to be.

    However, Nigeria may not be the only country trying to win at all cost by fielding men instead of teenages and the consequence is and we are all living witnesses that such plays do not always do well at top flight football because age is always not on their side.

  • Joe in Jersey // November 18, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Fifa should get rif of SUB – 17 World Cup

    It’s meaningless, we know African teams always win, because they always have 19, 20, 21, 22, year olds playing.

    It’s not fair to other teams who have 15, 16 and 17 year olds.

    This is why Nigeria is having a tough time qualifiying for the world cup!!! They had to wait till the last game to qualify! But if theyplay in an sub 17 world cup they win easily

    they should make a Sub -10 world cup

    I bet Nigeria will put older players and win again

    Fortune Chukwudi looks like he’s 30!!

    What a disgrace FIFA! False Insitution Fake Ass Tournaments!

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