Nigeria axe 15 from Under-17s
Posted: 25 August 2009 Time: 9:42 pm
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.