Nigeria’s youth national team coach, Paul Aigbogun has been forced to put aside some former Golden Eaglets players being considered for his squad to next month’s West African Football Union (WAFU) U-20 Cup of Nations, because the organisers termed them ‘under-aged.’
In a dramatic change to the oft repeated scourge of over-aged players in Nigeria’s youth national teams, footballlive.ng gathered that Aigbogun is battling with a different scenario, as he tries to build a formidable side.
The former Warri Wolves and Enyimba coach had been banking on using some players that failed the MRI Scan during screening with the Eaglets, but are considered good enough to be upgrade to the Flying Eagles.
However, an official disclosed that players born from 2002 and below are not eligible for the regional competition, because the organisers have stated that all the competitors must not be younger than 17 this year.
The official affirmed: “Aigbogun and his crew may have to find new players to fill in, because he cannot take some of the players from the Golden Eaglets as he previously planned.
“The rules state that anyone who is born in 2002 after cannot be part of WAFU U-20 competition and will not be in the squad to Lome, Togo.”