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A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by breva on Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:17 pm

Former Nigerian FA president Anthony Kojo Williams told the BBC: "We use over-age players for junior championships, I know that.
"Why not say it? It's the truth. We always cheat. It's a fact.
"When you cheat, you deprive the young stars that are supposed to play in these competitions their rights."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36990537/nigerias-under-17-squad-wiped-out-as-half-are-older-than-17
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by rwo power on Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:43 pm

The older article linked in the above is telling, too:
http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/26174252

"It is quite common, in certain cases, when you ask a player about his age, he will ask if you are asking about his football age or his actual age."

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by EL Patron on Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:33 pm


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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by rwo power on Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:00 pm


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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by breva on Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:10 am

Looks like after two years, the time of the other thread, the Nigerians are still at it then.
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by rwo power on Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:05 am

They are not alone though… Different countries, different cheats: http://www.goallegacy.net/t34799-four-players-on-irans-womens-national-team-found-guilty-of-being-men

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Vlad the Impaler on Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:56 am

:facepalm:

It's really happening. Laughing
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Nishankly on Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:04 am

He said: "In Africa, many people don't know when they were born. Sometimes they guess. It is true we have problems in Africa, that is why we have a doubt about it, whether it is genuine cheating or not."

You can't be serious. Shocked
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Vlad the Impaler on Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:08 am

@Nishankly wrote:
He said: "In Africa, many people don't know when they were born. Sometimes they guess. It is true we have problems in Africa, that is why we have a doubt about it, whether it is genuine cheating or not."

You can't be serious. Shocked


Well, nowadays I think it isn't like this anymore. But regarding the early/middle 90's, I can imagine that.

Drogba was 47 when he won UCL in 2012.
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by breva on Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:48 pm

Drogba 51 today playing in MLS? LOL
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Post by Vlad the Impaler on Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:50 pm

Laughing Some say he is only 49.
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by LeBéninois on Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:04 pm

Nigeria young teams are quite good but you never heard about those young players again for that reason. It's changing however, less people are cheating .

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by breva on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:19 am

The article seems to indicate that more are cheating. 26 overage on the U17 seems to be a record of sorts.
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by LeBéninois on Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:19 pm

It might occur more often in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole it's not. Anyways you can't cheat your way out in sport. It's just hurting the youth sadly.

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Freeza on Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:28 pm

@LeBéninois wrote:It might occur more often in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole it's not. Anyways you can't cheat your way out in sport. It's just hurting the youth sadly.


Nigeria is and has always been the biggest problem doing this I think. At least successfully. It's ridiculous to think they've got that many tournament wins in youth championships but they get killed every time in senior competition.

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by LeBéninois on Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:49 pm

Yeah Can you believe Obafemi Martins is still 31 today ? Which means that during his Inter day he was 18-22.

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Freeza on Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:52 pm

@LeBéninois wrote:Yeah Can you believe Obafemi Martins is still 31 today ? Which means that during his Inter day he was 18-22.


31 is crazy for him. He started declining at 24 or something. Same with Kanu also.

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by RealGunner on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:26 pm

Everyone including Arsene hinted at Kanu's age being false. That wasn't even a hidden thing lol. It wasn't that Kanu hid his age, just that his birth certificate had it wrong.
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Freeza on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:34 pm

@RealGunner wrote:Everyone including Arsene hinted at Kanu's age being false. That wasn't even a hidden thing lol. It wasn't that Kanu hid his age, just that his birth certificate had it wrong.


Yeah, it's a truth at this point, never heard anyone say otherwise except Farfan probably.

His age on wiki right now is 57 rofl

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by EL Patron on Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:50 pm

It's not only Africans you know, South Americans also do this Laughing

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by BarrileteCosmico on Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:50 pm

@EL Patron wrote:It's not only Africans you know, South Americans also do this Laughing
What? Who? And even if you can produce 1 or 2 names of instances where people lied about their ages, it's hardly a common practice besides hypothetical few bad actors.

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Sushi Master on Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:46 am

You know, South America is somewhat on par at the very least to your Eastern European block and surely with some top Western European countries, development wise (apart from one very apparent  anomaly Laughing And even then, I can tell you 95% of births are registered from day 1. It's just beneficiary to your child in all ways).

It's extremely natural to register your child on the very day he's born. False birth certificates are pretty much non-existent. There's not social benefits from lying about it, apart from it just being a bad omen. If you're poor, you're poor.
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by EL Patron on Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:43 pm

Falcao, Costa, Samuel Galindo, Luciano (Chievo verona) and Inter. If they have done it then some others have probably done it as well. This has nothing to do with South America being developed, it's all about a group of people willing to do anything to fulfil their dream

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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by Warrior on Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:04 pm

Reminds me of this Lazio lad from Cameroon, who was officially 17 but looked like a grown man in his forties lmao
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Re: A staggering 26 members of Nigeria's Under-17 side failed an age test

Post by breva on Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:03 pm

There are 3 cases of age fraud regarding youth tournaments involving Latin Americans. The main one was one instance regarding Mexico. Big difference.
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