Golden Eaglets NFF to lodge ‘unfair refereeing’ complaint to CAF

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria were on Saturday, August 20 beaten by the Junior Menas of Niger Republic, 3-1.

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will officially lodge a complaint to Confederation of African Football (CAF) over what they called unfair refereeing during a U-17 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Niger.

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria were on Saturday, August 20 beaten by the Junior Menas of Niger Republic, 3-1.

The 1-3 loss means that the five times U-17 AFCON champions will not be playing in the 2017 tournament.

NFF are however ready lodged a complaint to CAF about the refereeing and unfair treatment of the Nigerian players.

According to the general secretary of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, the Golden Eaglets were frustrated by the refereeing of the game in Niamey.

“I’m personally worried and Nigeria Football Federation is worried and we are going to lay an official complaint,” Sanusi told Sun.

There was more to what we saw here in Niamey from these officials. This, I believe, was why they seized our camera. Look at the penalty awarded against us by the referee; where did that come from? There was nothing close to being a penalty kick in that situation.

Even the free kick that was given during the prolonged time-added-on time was strange. The referee was making foul calls on all the moves we made. I have never seen this kind of humiliation and officiating.”

With the score at 1-1 the Cameroonian referee Henry Duvalier Mouandjou Kalla gave a controversial penalty in the 48th minute, which was converted by Mamane Bello.

Another controversial call was made when he gave Niger a free-kick which was converted for their third goal.

Assistant coach of the Golden Eaglets, Nduka Ugbade called it a ‘daylight robbery.

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