Former Nigerian international Adokiye Amiesimaka, now a lawyer, has used his column in a national newspaper to voice his concerns over Nigeria under-17 captain Fortune Chukwudi, who he claims to be at least nine years older than the player says he is.
"In the 2002-03 season, I was chairman of Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt,"
Adokiye wrote in The Punch. "I decided to have a feeder team of fresh school
leavers not older than 20 years."
"As the feeder team concept was relatively new and because I had my own ideas
about how a team at that level should be handled, I also doubled as its
"One of my key players then is the current captain of our so-called U17
Golden Eaglets. By his own admission at that time, that is seven years ago, he
was 18 years old."
The revelations come as a blow to tournament organisers, who introduced MRI
tests specifically to weed out age cheats at this year's edition in Nigeria.
"MRI or not, his football history is common knowledge. I really wonder whether the MRI test was done on each and every one of the
players. If, indeed, a thorough exercise was conducted, then FIFA must review
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com
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