Age Cheating killing African Football - FIFA Instructor

FIFA instructor cautions African nations to end the practise as it killing the continent's young stars

Age cheating has plagued African Football for years, causing the continent a sore name in the international scene where its stars have been scrutinized and subjected to taunts.

It still is fresh to recall the age saga that broiled across Europe concerning African stars like Nwankwo Kanu, Obafemi Martins, Julius Aghahowa, etc… not forgetting the scandal involving Samuel Eto’o and coach at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho who claimed that the Cameroonian is older than what he says he is.

Recently, coach of Nigeria’s Olympic Dream Team, Samson Siasia lamented the incessant increase and unconscientious practise of some local players who use different birth dates just to break into the team.

The ex-international had to excommunicate Dolphins striker Emem Eduok for allegedly being over-aged fort he team whereas the player insisted he is 20.

FIFA instructor and Namibia’s female national team coach, Jaqueline Shipanga has asked African nations to end age cheating in football while maintaining that the malpractice has affected the game adversely in the continent, especially amongst the youth cadre tournaments

“Africa must learn to start playing clean,” she said in an interview in Kampala where she is currently handling the FIFA Women’s Football Com-Unity seminar.

She explained the case where a country used boys to execute female qualifying games.

She further added that Africa is gradually losing its credence and can only but do all it can to salvage the situation as its young stars are gradually withering away.


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