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Nigeria axe 15 from Under-17s

Posted: 25 August 2009 Time: 21:42

Nigeria have dropped 15 players from the Under-17 team after the majority of the squad failed an age test, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said in a press statement on Tuesday.

“Head coach John Obuh explained that the players were dropped based on performance as well as the results of the MRI tests conducted on all the players recently,” he said.   The players dropped from the squad are Kabiru Borgo, Abiodun Akande, Ariyo Olubukola, Habeeb Bello, Deji Joel, Yakubu Azeez, Ogungbe Ganiyu, Orji Alu, Justice Chinedu, Chinedu Udegha, Amadi Moses, Solomon Enudi,Dubem Awaziem, Esse Joseph Junior and Olaitan Gambari.   Retained are Yekini Kazeem, Paul Danjuma, Bala Mohammed Saidu, Femi Orunnimi, Aliyu Mohammed, Emeka Opara, Bala Saidu, Rahaman Azeez, Fortune Chukwudi, Kenneth Omeruo, Eze Ikechukwu, Dafe Egbedi, Jude White, Terry Envoh, Ogugua Gibson, Emmanuel Sani Shehu, Sadiq Saliu, Abduljelil Ajagun, Omoh Ajabu, Onazie Ogeyi and Anthony Iyalekhue.   Nigeria are in the same group as Germany, Argentina and Honduras for the final tournament beginning on October 24 and will play their matches in Abuja.

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posted: 10:10 pm
Penny wise pound foolish. These were the things Henry Nwosu, was fighting the authority for but he was sack for refusing to accept over-age boy from that foolish Ogunjiobi. I hope is not going to be disaster for naija in this tournament.
posted: 10:11 pm
Learning in shame and the hard way seems to be the best for the NFF.
A word is enough for the wise.
posted: 10:16 pm
These were the words of ex coach Henry Nwosu in today edition of Daily Trust, and if they are right, then this u-17 mess was pre-meditated as usual.
He argued that when he was in charge of the team, he went round the academies in the country and was able to get real under- 17 boys for the team but he was later relieved of his appointment simply because he was not prepared to take some of the over aged players sent to him by people in the glass house.
“Those who are saying I recruited the over aged players are talking rubbish. They are not my boys. During my time, I went round the country to get boys within the age and this was an offence I committed because most of the players sent to me were clearly over aged and I did not take them,” he said.
Nwosu disclosed that he has nothing to do with the over age players because moments after he was sacked, those responsible for his exit drove away all his players and so he was shocked to hear that the over age players are the products of his tenure as chief coach of the team
“It may interest you to know that they drove away all my players. None of them was left in the team so this talk about the over aged players being my boys is quite unfortunate. They should look for something else to smear my personality” he said.
He, however said it is not too late for the present handler of the team, Coach John Obuh to save the ship from sinking completely.
Nwosu advised his successor to pick players from one football academy like the Kwara State Football academy and form his team as he observed that there is no time for the coach to start scouting for players around the country.
posted: 10:21 pm
And while KON and John Obuh are trying to potray this disaster as minor, below is another extract from Daily Trust sports column of today:
Nigeria has no team for U-17 World Cup – NFF
Written by Orkula Shaagee

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday raised the fears of Nigerians over the country’s preparations towards the forthcoming Nigeria 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup to a higher level, declaring that there is no team yet to represent the country at the global youth soccer fiesta.
NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire who disclosed this in Abuja in a chat with sports reporters also said both the federation and the National Sports Commission are disturbed over the development.
He however assured that the Nigeria Football Federation and the National Sports Commission (NSC) have closed ranks to ensure that the development which was caused by the recent Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI) test carried on invited players in the Golden Eaglets camp was nip in the bud.
“The Nigeria Football Federation and the National Sports Commission are worried that there is no U-17 team on ground yet for the World Cup and the two bodies have teamed up to do something about the situation to ensure that Nigeria performs well at the event”, Olajire stated.
Olajire informed that after today’s meeting of the NFF technical and medicine committees and the NSC head of medicine, Doctor Akin Amao, the federation would issue a position statement on the matter to douse tension in the country.
Olajire said: “The technical committee and the medicine committee of the NFF will meet tomorrow (today), Dr. Amao of the National Sports Commission will be there; he supervised the test carried out on the payers at the National Hospital Abuja. Dr. Peter Singabele chairman of the NFF medicine committee will also be there and after that there may be a policy statement on the issue”.
Trustsports however observed that today’s meeting is a waste of time, as the result of the Magnetic Resonance Imagery cannot be reversed, with the NFF officials and the team’s handlers all aware of it.
Rather dissipate energy on meeting to discuss the dismissal of the over-aged players from the Eaglets camp, the FA should empower the John Obuh-led coaching crew to launch full scale hunt for eligible players to take over the places of those dismissed for intense preparations for the World Cup fiesta, considering time is fast running out for the country.

posted: 10:40 pm
I hope this same test is conducted on all other participating teams particularly African and South American representatives otherwise a team like Gambia with an average age of 28yrs (as alleged by Segun Odegbami in complete sports during the just concluded 8-team tournaments) will beat us silly.
I wonder why under 17 players were not selected from Pepsi Academy and Shell cup competitions all this while.
NFF don really try well well,una wait till last minute before doing the right thing.
Ogunjobi and co. should be held responsible for the looming disaster..!
@tallest,u are damn right.!
Val,how u dey now?..longest time.
posted: 10:53 pm
Scouting for U17 players should have been limited to Football Academies or how could an under 17 players be playing in premier league?
NFF are a big "fraud"
posted: 12:36 am
For God's sake, This U-17 Saga is getting uglier by the
hour and something needs to be done promptly to save
Nigeria from immense ridicule and shame!

I suggest that The Senate Committee on Sports wade in
now to find out the discrepancy between what Coach
Nwosu is saying vs that of The NFF Officials! With different and conflicting versions being told and the fact
that only one version can be true, then that true version needs to be ascertained !

For example, Who was forcing players on Coach Nwosu?
Was it true that he did not recruit any over-aged players for his team?? Is it true that when he was sacked, all the
players that he recruited were dismissed??? Why was
the Coach sacked?????. By getting to the bottom of the
matter, we can know the truth and put corrective action in
place to prevent such ugly development in the future!
The situation hurts and hurts deeply, if one has any true
sense of shame! To be continued!
posted: 12:37 am
can anybody deny this now,since the first kodak under 17 junior world cup till now,im not even sure of the rest in camp.all i have to say is bravo to ogunjobi may god reward you handsomely for the way you damage our football.

posted: 12:41 am
At last Henry Nwosu has been proved right,Ogunjiobi and co should cover they faces in shame
posted: 01:00 am

As for the team, I think the prudent thing to do at this time
is to field a standing team from one of the Academies or
the Lagos State U-17 team! Since those teams have
been formed for a while, there would be better team spirit and cohesion than for any team being assembled from
scratch in the 11th hour!

Also, the players in the Academy teams are most likely to
be of true age. Added advantage is the high probability of
discipline in such players! They may not win The World
Cup, but they would do the Country proud by avoiding all the heart-breaking saga of over-aged cheats! As hosts, and with the world looking, Nigeria needs to salvage her already tarnished image! There's got to be a better way!! May God help Nigeria and every Nigerian!
Good Luck to the team that is eventually selected to represent the Country in The U-17 WC!

posted: 02:06 am
@ Oscar:
Your Rejoinder to those who asked where was Akpan all
this time.----was meticulous! It was a Masterpiece in
Prima-facie missive! I commend you immensely for a job

I saw you losing your Coolness by wishing someone to be
thundered and you disappointed me a bit in the process!
You are one of the few members of this Forum that I take in very high regards for being objective and very positive in their comments! As such, I was taken aback by your "thunder" wish! I could feel your pain and reluctance to act in such manner though and that's a relief.

From very careeful observation, I have discovered that some people here deserve our prayers for God's Mercy
and Guidance for their highly provocative outbursts, rather than being cursed. Too Wrongs don't make a Right! Maybe next time, you can suppress the anger by doing like me.....walk away from the PC or BBerry for a while!
To borrow your adopted Slogan, "YES WE CAN!"

posted: 10:21 am
what happens to confidenciality? putting the names of these lads out here is'nt the best thing to do! methink it further underscores the unproffesionality of those in glass house.....
.meanwhile the best thing to do at this material time is to get westerhof & his boys to save the day for us atleast just to reduce the level of embarrassment we will be facing at the it as it may i do expect foreign scout to fully embrace our youth players now especially as they can be sure of their true age!
posted: 10:44 am
@Gov. Doyin,
Accepts my warmest regards.
I dey "kampe"
posted: 11:10 am
Please feed us with measures to be taken to ensure that players who are truely U17 are called up to replace the players already dropped.I do hope there are no plans to surreptitiously retain some of the players who failed the MRI scan test - we are aware over 20 players failed the test.I read Dudu Orumen has tendered his resignation as a member of the technical committee of the NFF as a result of being sidelined from attending the meeting to deliberate on the MRI Scan test results - a meeting purportedly held in secret.
posted: 03:58 pm
Contrary to reports peddled here that Henry Nwosu was fired because he refused players that some NFF members tried to impose on him, Nwosu was fired due to his personal conduct unbecoming of a man in his position, entrusted with the care of youngsters.

No need to kick him when he is down so I wouldn't go into details. Ogunjobi was one of his strongest supporters but had to let him go due to the said issue. Let's leave it at that.
posted: 04:29 pm
Dis na politics simple.
abi una go bet una life say those 7 or 15 where remain be under 17? No we all know there's age cheat even in Europe and America but how perfect is the machine? this machine is brought in to cheat Africans who will not know to beat it becos na dem make am. DIS NA SCAM simple.
posted: 05:36 pm
This is a medium for excuses for the coach should he fail to deliver in the U-17 tourny.Well naija always have a way of doing there own things.
There is still time to make up a formidable team.Able bodied and talented youths are all over the country to fill the gaps
In Tunisia 1994 cup of nations,Zambia lost almost the whole team in an air crash just few months to the tournament yet they were able to raise a formidable team that played with the SE in a well contested final of the competition
If Zambia with a far lesser population than nigeria can do that why not nigeria.So no excuses from any quarter.
posted: 05:56 pm
FIFA, is Nigeria the only one being age-tested?
I have not read anywhere where such test is being conducted by other national associations on their players.

South Americans and Africans are not the only once, the Europeans (especially Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland), and the North Americans cheat too. Sepp Blatter, I know you’re a Swiss, so how dare I mention Switzerland? Just the same hunch that you guys have about our players.

Don't be afraid of Franz Beckenbauer or Michel Platini. Keep it universally fair. Every U-17 player participating in the championships should be tested regardless of their birth records. Or does FIFA has a secrete motive against Africa?

I think Gambia should be next in line for age testing, then Cameroun, then Ghana and Cote d’ivoire.
posted: 07:42 pm
Error: Typo [careeful] in earlier post! Should be:

From my very "careful" observation...........

posted: 07:50 pm

Good Questions and comments! I was asking the same questions myself..Doubt if FIFA folks read Kickoff though!
Maybe the questions need to be sent to FIFA directly
in the form of Petition. What do you think, Esteemed Forumites?

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