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African Players Falsify Their Ages: True Or False?

Why do players falsify there age.Someone like yakubu is way above 28 yrs.Who do they think they are deceiving.

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29 OF 35 Players were tested as overage.

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This thread has been interesting, funny and shows me that most of Africans at least Nigerians and Ghanaians ( being a Ghanaian myself) understand our problems but due to neglected leadership at all levels, the African continent is suffering.

Most people here know that wahala makes it hard for you to focus. Most of the African footballers will struggle in life till they peak between 24-30.

Eh its hard so they have to lie to make money at least big money in football.

The Africans born in Europe often it is their real age, why? because they have access to good infrastructure.

In Africa or poorer regions infracstructure hmmm is less to be desired.

Look at the north African countries, we know they have relatively good infrastructure including football than sub Saharan Africa so as you notice, most of their players hardly even travel abroad. Though playing in their leagues does not earn you big as Europe, it far better than sub saharan may be excluding south africa and others.

so the problem is to do with bad economic state . If economy improves, or if corrupt leaders stop being corrupt and focus resources where it is needed, the lie in football will decrease until we are apar wiv Europe when it might stop. Although some will still lie but my point is this issue is linked to our economic development.

i hope u see my point.

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Africans cheat, especially westen part and few from southern africa, EUROPEANS are cleansheet, Americans are almost as the europeans , Asians are more like the africans,

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They are soon about to start catching them.

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-296443.0.html

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Marosky; C. Ronaldo is originally from Brazil!!! are you kidding me? Obviously you know nothing about football, C.Ronaldo is from Portugal (born and raised) so are his parents, don't let the name Ronaldo fool you, his father named him after Ronald Reagan. In fact he was born in Madiera in Portugal so i don't know where you get your data from.

Concerning Messi, when messi came to Barca when he was 12 he was deemed too small that they had to inject him with a steady supply of human growth hormones (HGH) because he had a hormonal deficiency that's why he grew up (and he still isn't big enough). Now for you to say that Messi is overage simply because he is so good at such a young stage or that he is south american and therefore he automatically falsified his age is simply ignorant. If he falsified his age those treatments might have an adverse effect on him. By the way, if you're wondering because south america is not europe does not mean that they are as backward as we are (some are though) but a lot of the South American countries are more developed than we are, if you like go research them on the web, they have a better GDP and PCI than we have especially Brazil and Argentina.

By the way if you didn't know,  they have a way of testing peoples ages through bone marrow testing but unfortunately its only accurate to within a couple of months that's why FIFA is not using it. You remember that they wanted to test Taye Taiwo when he was transfering to a club after the WYC but the club stipulated that he do a bone marrow test but he declined because he knew his age was false.

Also, because other countries cheat doesn't mean that we should, its not about them its about us. You should never do something simply because other people are doing it, you do it because its the right thing to do. One should never do something foreign to his nature or character or you lose your soul or your essence as a human being.

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Thank God ,we all know that Anichebe is 19 because his parents took him to England when he was one.Then no one knew he was going to be a footballer.If he had grown up in Nigeria maybe some of you would have said he was 35.If Agbonlahor had grown up here Maybe you would have said he is 29.

I am not saying that Africans do not cheat.but it is not as bad as some of us think it is.One more thing is that we are not the only ones into that poo.

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I am sorry 4 using those words.But Africans are not the only ones that cheat.South Americans and Eastern Europeans are also into it.

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dyabman and davidf,both of u are gullible dumbskulls that carry a combination of ashes,saw dust and candle wax in their brains.cant you think.4 your information these guys and South Americans.they come from countries where they do not put their ages on the computer as you claim dyabman.C. Ronaldo is originally from Brazil although he is now a Portuguese national.Don't you have memories to remember that FIFA almost axed Brazil in 1997 for using 3 over aged players. Have you not seen Europeans retire even in their mid 20's.

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these baffons will never stop doihink about my headin. k what do u these ones! PROSECUTOR?

rovaldo hhhh

veron hmmmmm

otaga

Trevz hahha

simone

some people just need to shut a f u c k up

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Most African players falsify their ages. Yak is 33, Martins is 30, taiwo is 30, Kanu is 42, okocha is 44. Mikel is the youngest and is 27

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Marosky; you better be quiet, you think every country is like Nigeria were everybody falsifies there ages or where the end justifies the means. In some countries there is organization, when a child is born, his data is entered into govt infrastructure so therefore it cannot be falsified. You are still living in your archaic Nigeria. By the way, haven't we all watched Messi and C. Ronaldo grow right in front of our eyes and here you are lying simply because you can't believe that your country men are the most corrupt people on earth therefore you want to sully Ronaldo and Messi's names simply because of your ignorance and the fact that you can't believe that somebody can be this good so young while your Okocha's or Mikel's can never reach those heights.

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you people should please stop this poo.what gives you the impression that Cristiano Ronaldo is really 23 and Lionel Messi is 22.stop fooling yourselves.age cheating is globally ubiquitous.

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Akolawole, tell us how stopping this thread will benefit Nigeria?

We're talking about doing things right in order to gain credibility on the outside and u want us to stop it based on ur sentiments?

Truth be told, age falsification has done more harm than good for this country.

Look @ our U-17 guys (whose real average ages should be around 26) that just won d 2007 championship. U want to tell me they'll still be capable of kicking d ball in 10years time when they're expected to be @ their peak?

Let's do thing right so we don't end up burning our own fingers.

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this akolawole wetin dey do you self, you must be ethically challenged, in fact, from what i am reading from you, i can induce that its because of people like you Nigeria is so extremely backward and corrupt. You better shake off that dishonest dishonest mentality, our players are frauds, simple as that, whether other people do it doesn't matter, a fraud is still a fraud.

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Who are we decieving? this is not a new story, everybody has known this for a good minute. Did you guys even see our so calle U17 boys, ain't no way any of those boys were U17 especially Christanus who looked 19 or 20 ha ha ha.

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Even Christian Obodo is claiming 22 years, that old man, e be like my uncle

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these guys don't have any option but to do that knowin that the system is lax, they thus just take advantage of the system, cos in this country u can arrange for a birth certificate years after u were born.

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LOL.DNA cnt determine that anywayz.

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As if its not enough --- even the DNA can not catch them

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@ Toladop

Premiership club insurances are against dangerous jubilations after Lua Lua lost his finger and almost cost Portsmouth relegation.

NO more acrobatics!

Remember Martins, Julius and Celestine are experts and they are all in the premiership now.

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i mean this is a funny issue even obagol(1984 product) cannot even do acrobatics when he scores again.as for uncle julius aghahowa he does not even score again so i can't tell if he can still do acrobatics.

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Na so life be. They have to falsify their age inorder to get sign on by these foreign clubs. The foreign club administrators forget to factor in the fact in Africa, we do not peak in our career until we are btw 25 and 30 years.

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I remember watching the under-17 World Cup in 1985 when I was at school. The younger players would have been 15 at the time (I don't know what age they claimed to be). That means they are at least 35 years old today!

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every soccer players that plays age grade competetions always lie about their age, not only in nigeria but all over the world. that is not new.

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Its high time you guys realise the truth... that the majority of the world best players all tell lies about there ages... Am appealling that we focus on better issues than this.

Thank you.

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they LIE i used to date a footballer and how come he is 22 now but all his friends i met from nigeria are all like 28-30 and they went to school together same class and when i asked him he refused to answer. i think mikel obi is very young though he looks young

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Freddy Adu Ghanian turned American claims he is just 17 (1989)

But there is no way he is that young the guy looks at least 22

But its not his fault, he did not have a birth certificate untill he was leaving ghana

http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/MLS/players/bio.jsp?team=dcu&player=adu_f&playerId=adu029662

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Yeah, Mikel is very young, but then u never can tell.

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Taiwo is not 35 come on now, he is a big guy, but just look at his face he still looks very young

Obi mikal is born b4 1987, more like 85, 84 like Taiwo

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No

Mikel will be between 20 and 22, his immediate younger brother is still in secondary school.

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very true, especially nigerians.

taiye taiwo should be about 35 years of age, kanu should be like 40 years while mike obi should be like 29 years of age. as for okocha he should be like 44 years.

Am i kidding?

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A lot of foreign clubs are going to sign on a twenty year old Nigerian player.Nowadays people now have good heights that can convince foreign clubs that they will be to perform . I think at least some Nigerians look bigger than LIONEL MESSI at that his age. But the problem is how they will get noticed at that real age

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@Davidylan

I am still waiting for your response o

@Everyone

Which foreign clubs is going to employ a proper 20 years old African?

We have to lie and we will continue to lie?

Did we even need players to play for the national team for 10 years?

NO.

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I watched Hossam Hassan score yesterday and was like how many of those who played after Egypt 86 and claimed to be much younger than him are still around!

God Help us oooo.

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i beleive these players faulsify their ages.how can Obafemi and Taiye Taio claim to be 19.their faces and bones would tell.after the world youth championship,some clubs in holland told some of our players who claim to b 19 to come for trials if only they could go for a bone test to prove their age.but they neva went.

Too bad

corruption evry where

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There is no doubt about it, age falsification is retrogressive but how many proper nigerian 20 years old players can play at Olubadan stadium let alone oyinbo people buying them ?

As good as they are,they will never buy them hence we have to LIE?

Beside Figo and two others, how many of them are still playing?

Babayaro, Kanu, Oruma are part of Japan '93 and they are still playing well

Okocha is in Mauritius '93 and still playing wonderful football today

Godwin Okpara is a member of scotland '89, still playing well until the prison sentence few months ago.

and many many others.

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who cares if we are banned for this thread? that will teach us a lesson and our football will benefit in the long run. one of the greatest problems with african football is continuity and that can be traced back to the age falsification palaver. While our players are going into oblivion at the "tender age" of 26, 27; their european counterparts are still playing football at 35. the great peter shilton i suppose played till he was 40! What of Paulo Maldini who played till i think 37? He started playing for AC Milan as far back as 1982. How many of our players since 1993 are still playing today?

If the portuguese team of 1991 (u-21) are still playing today (the brazilian team of that yr went on to form the bedrock of the brazillian national team), why have the african players all vanished? Where is Nii Odartey Lamptey? Where is that talented Ghanain squad today?

Don't let's decieve ourselves, we all watched the u-21 in holland last yr. While i was happy we won, i certain part of me remained unhappy becos i believed we were terribly unfair to other countries who fielded genuine u-21 players.

Why is Africa so good at "under-age" competitions and always flops at senior competitions? Is it not the same players involved?

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@ Everyone

I am always factual but i want to run away from this.

Did we remember Baruwa's wahala?

We all glorify in Atlanta '96, do you know how Abiodun Baruwa nearly made it impossible?

Story Story: After our first leg match in Nigeria, a Nigerian went to Zimbabwean high commission demanding money for exposing Nigeria. They gave him a couple of thousands of dollars, he then gave them a copy of complete football magazine and the rest is history

He took a very big political manipulation before we were "cleared".

I am out of this.

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@Everyone

Nairaland is a community. It is a VOICE. People read this forum from the whole world. Can we stop this thread please for the benefit of Nigeria and Africa in general?

I knew few of those players that used to live in Ibadan, please lets forget it.

I recalled Phillip Osondu and Odartey Lamptey age fiasco in Belgian club, Anderlect.

Please lets forget this.

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its to easy for them to lie about their age they where not born abroad so all these clubs have is their word..... maybe mikel is not 18 but i doubt if he is older than 21 but taiwo..............he should be married by now

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body no be firewire wood. de.m will sabi soon...

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I lived in Nigeria untill i was 18, i know the look of a typical 18, 19 or even 21yr old. I had some friends, "Kpako or Aje butter" and i must say Taiye Taiwo is not the look of a Typical 21yr old in Nigeria. I know because am 21, and i don't even look half as old as he his, not to talk of Obafemi. Am not disputing them, but i wonder.

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Simple and straighforward -

Haven't you wondered why Figo is still playing football and Nigerian players who were in Saudi '89 with him are cooling off in their house now.

The only player that survived long was Mutiu Adepoju who played the last reasonable match of his career in 1998. Let's face it.... we too dey lie!

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@yeepa

you cannot prove conclusively that players are older than their stated ages. The most accurate test currently known uses bone marrow and is only accurate to within 18 months. That's the reason why FIFA have not adopted an age test for their youth competitions u-17 and u-20. You can rest assured that the moment there is an accurate, reliable test, FIFA will adopt it.

The club either lied to see the players reaction or the age claimed was multiple years younger.

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