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Mikky jaga
Aug 31, 2010, 02:16 PM
Eaglets lose to Congo


Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by Congo in an African Junior Championship first round, first leg qualifier with Golden Eaglets coach, Monday Odigie seeing red.

The Eaglets went down to an early penalty inside the opening ten minutes, and conceded another just before the hour mark.

Nigeria travelled to Congo with a team of players selected mostly from the country's two premier secondary schools competition, the Shell Cup and the Lagos Principal's Cup.

Odigie was sent off for challenging what was considered to be poor calls from CAR referee Bekai Bertrand.


The second leg will be played in Nigeria on September 11.

Colin Udoh


Using Secondary School students to prosecute U17 competition is ill advised and is a result of unbridled cynicism of some Nigerians about the true age of our youth teams.

In the last U17 held in Nigeria, many of the participating countries brought cadets that were already affiliated to one Big football club or the other.

These are people that eat, drink and sleep football with schooling as a part time business, if at all. I believe there are Nigerians of this category who care more for football than academics. These are the people that will give us glory once again in cadet football.

All these ajebutter that cannot withstand strong tackles will put us to shame, I swear.