Reported on the Punch Newspaper Frontpage 12-11-2009
Full Post from Sahara Reporters
Reported on the Punch Newspaper Frontpage 12-11-2009
Full Post from Sahara Reporters
The large number of people like Digriz we have in the country is the very reason why Nigeria is not likely to start progressing anytime soon, imagine demonizing a whistle blower who is only interested in things being done right in the country. Does he think anyone likes to embarrass his own country?
This is an issue we all know has existed in the country and someone has been bold enough to bring it to the fore with evidence and what do my people do? demonize and accuse him of acting against the interest of his country.
It is a shame that if these boys win the tournament, they will go to various religious houses to celebrate and the glory will be given to god and none of those so called religious leaders will point this blatant lies out.
We've really got a long way to go in this country.
we shld all quit using MRI test as a means of detect ages. if it was then none of d players wld av been eligible 2 play. D scan cannot wrk of d bones of Africans. It is shocking 2 c our young Nigerians rising up 2 defend cheats? so whr ar d future leaders that will bring changes 2 dis country? it is sad!
I dare say, we are a bunch of double-standard cowards (for those who hide behind timing of the revelation and question the motive.) If Mr A murders Mr B and decides to reveal it at Mr B's funeral, would you question his motive or timing or simply arrest him. If Farida Waziri comes out to confess (with facts) that she has secretly being protecting Ibori from the cantankerous long arm of the law, would you question her motives or simply apply justice duly.
Majority of Nigerians are aware of the fact that a large portion of our boys have falsified their ages and it is not something new to Nigeria from Sports to Politics to Job Recruitment and even Relationships. It is second-nature to falsify our age to gain entry into some "advantageous" position.
SIN is SIN whether we recognize it now or later, we will pay for the consequences inevitably.
I woke up this morning to rants that, we are good for the trophy but FIFA will place a ban for Age-cheating, but who cares, we have the trophy and it has come to stay.
1: FIFA are well aware of the Security situation in Nigeria and the potential for violence if they proceed to investigate while the competition is on-going.
2: They would prefer the competition to end and every team is safely back in their respective countries before they take up an investigation into Age-cheats during the competition not just (Nigeria)
3: If found guilty, the entire TEAM not the individual will pay the penalty and receive a 4-year Ban
4: The worst part, We will have to come up to the whole world to return the trophy and medals for cheating (twice in FIFA under 17 football History)
I know the Cheating-Supporters-Club will now question FIFA's motive why they acted late and not before or during the competition.
FYI, FIFA did not screen our TEAM for this competition (They will never do that to any country) they simply do random screening of any team and any individual
NFF never did MRI scan on any of our Under 17 Team-players, they simply collected testimonials from their parents attesting that they were the age they claimed. If you remember Taiwo Ogunjobi saying they do not Trust FIFA MRI Scan
How long will we continue to cheat our way to these age-group competitions where the aim is primarily developmental?
And i wonder why people criticize Adokiye for revealing the truth,as if timing has anything to do with it.A cheat is a cheat,regardless of whenever he is exposed.
is it that things have decayed so badly that people are actually saying that the revelation should have come before the competition started?
And for some people's information,Adokiye is a made man;both on and off the pitch,so he needs little or none of the publicity some NLers are saying he's looking for.
some people masquerading to be Nigerians on this thread should be ashamed of themselves,with all their degrees.Apparently if they can support falsehood,there's no reason not to imply that they earned their degrees in an appropriate way.
If your anoyd and raging as fire out of anger and hatred for d boys,go and report to Sepp Blatter cos he's in Nigeria.
Nigerians,if u play badly d wl say dat your unpatriotic nw d boys wnt to put smiles on our faces thru their progress,its nw age cheat. Na waa o! Even Obadya or wat u cal hm dat win d golden boot 4 Ghana in Egypt,was he unda 20 too? Nigerians are cause of their backwardness.
Wat concern u wt dat? If d win d cup nw u wld b celebrating wt them. Nigerians like pulling down their own who's progressing and as for Adokie or wateva u called hm,he's just been jealous and shuld b cautioned for outbursting his wrath at dis stage of d tournament.
I neva support age cheat bt lets gv dis team d suport nw, then afta d tournament we talk abt d age cheat.
Mind u that they are cheating Africans too thru bad officiating by d referees,our case was different because we are hosting and d knw d implication of early exit frm d tournament.
So my fellows,lets b hapy and gv our suport to ths boys 4 bringing smiles to our faces than critisizing them out of notin.
Men this is Ojoro! this guy is more than 27 years old and he is playing against boys he is 10 years older, and Nigeria is glorifying this players, pure ojoro, we all knew this problem has started 20 years ago philip osundu, opabumi even kanu all the u-17 is over aged! but why 27/28/29 years old man, why not even 19/20/21 is much ok, and my last question why all the big European media house ignore this news, Fuk FIFA! this tournament is waste of money,
Adokiye is entitled to his observations/opinions. But may I ask, why now, when the world cup is ongoing? Was he aware of the inclusion of Fortune Chukwudi in the squad before the competition began? If yes, what did he do or say? did he come out to tell the NFA and the World that Chukwudi was well over aged or he is just getting to know that he was included in the team? so many questions. Sometimes I wonder what informed Adokiyes outburst at this point in time. Let's stop deceiving ourselves, I am not supporting age cheats in anyway, but lets be honest for once, how may of us talking about age cheats do in all honesty declare our true age in documentation/applications/vacancies we apply for. In Nigeria today people hide their true age for various reasons, especially in the civil service.
Did we care to ask about the players paraded by other Countries if they are truly 17 years of age or not, or is it in Nigeria alone that we have supposedly age cheats? How many of you can truly raise a team of true under 17 players if supposedly you are appointed to raise an under 17 side for Nigeria? When you were 17 years old how did you look like, perhaps you have boys and girls around you who are 17 years of age, how do they look like? So what I am saying in effect is that placed in the same situation as Coach of the under 17 side, most of us will definitely include over aged players in the team.
Adokiye that is shouting today I can bet you that if giving the opportunity to raise an under 17 side for Nigeria cannot raise a true set of players who are just 17 years of age or under. To my mind, FIFA has the final say in respect of fishing out over aged players. That is the reason why they have introduced the MRI Test to help determine the true age of players and they have stated categorically that players are being tested randomly and results will be released accordingly. I personally believe that there is no player in the Eaglets team that is truly 17 years of age but as long as FiFA's MRI test say they are within the age bracket so be it. After the competition we can sit down as a country and find ways to raise a true under 17 side for future competitions. But I count it absurd for somebody to come out at this point in time to start chorusing over age about your Countries player/s while d competition is in progress. For the records, the Nigeria version of the MRI test was carried out in the National Hospital Abuja.S
While I do not want to speak for Adokie, I also have some questions to ask.
Why did the NFA shroud the preparation of these boys in secrecy?
Immediately after the MRI scan, they took the boys to UAE. Infact the NFA chairman came out and said the will take testimonies of the parents of the boys as evidence of their ages. That was when I began to smell trouble.
Are we really sure the boys underwent the MRI scan? Which hospital and can they show us the pictures of the boys who failed the scan?
Before the tournament, a newspaper reported that one of the boys who failed the MRI scan was still included in the team. Knowing Nigeria, this won't be hard. All he has to do is change his name, simple and no one will know.
Another question is, why didn't the boys play a friendly match in Nigeria before the tournament or at least why didn't the NFA publish the list of players plus their photo IDs way before the tournament? That way, people would have spoken out. If the NFA had done this and Adokie had still waited till now to speak then I would have suspected bad blood too. But giving Adokie benefit of doubt, he said, he wrote aout the boy immediately he saw his picture when it was released before the tournament.
Overall, whether there is bad blood or not, the fact is that we have once again shown we are a rogue Nation and the only way out is to punish those involved. Maybe not even the players, but the people involved in covering up the misdeeds.
Do you watch the JJ okocha oceanic talent show? do you? 98% of the players paraded at the talent show are not the ages they declared. if it's accepted by oceanic bank and jj okocha to cheat even when they claim they are looking for talents for Nigeria. how then do you expect the true ages when it's accepted both by public and private people in Nigeria.
I don't support age cheats but what i am saying is that, why did adokie have to wait till when we are doing well before he knew he would publish all these? is this really to weed out the age cheats or to smite the coach and the players? this is what i still don't understand.
Why didn't he publish this when the tourney was yet to start or even wait till after the tournament?
I think it depends on what you mean by interest of the country.
If its in the interest of the country that we keep cheating just to keep winning and protect cheats just to save our name, then I think it will be also unfair for the EFCC to keep prosecuting the Iboris and Kalus of this world. Afterall, we are only dragging our name in the mud too.
But if interest of the country means that we cleanse our system from these kind of cheating and purge our system of cheats at all levels, then I will agree that no matter what time Adokie came with his list, it is in our best interest.
In the end, looking at the latter point, if we can purge our system now, it may hurt us now and we will definitely suffer some consequencies now, but eventually, in the long run, it will be for our good because we will be taken seriously at all levels. Apart from that, in the long run, we will also have stronger teams who will develop through the system and peak at the right time. That will be of benefit for us eventually.
I am surprised nobody is asking the FA questions. Why are we all quick to condemn Adokie? Why is noone looking in the direction of the FA and Sports ministry? The FA came out before the competition and told us that they will not rely on the result of the MRI scan. They told us they will also call parents on the boys to 'testify' on their true ages. That was when I began to suspect there was something wrong. I can bet my that some of the boys who were disqualified by the supposed MRI scan done in Lagos and UAE are still in the team under a different name.
Questions I have for NFF, why didn't they release the photo IDs of the players before they secretely shipped them away to UAE? Why didn't these boys play a friendly match in Nigeria and that way we would have been able to access and see the players and maybe then expose the cheats among them?
I have read several posts on Nairaland and followed caller responses to the issue on radio.
We seem to have some general consensus split among three schools of thought
1: Adokiyie is a simple bastard who has a hidden or obvious agenda, possibly a vengeful loser who could not get his own over-aged players into the under-17 team.
2: Adokiyie is right to tell the Truth but he should have either told it earlier to allow NFF substitute the player for a more youthful under-17. or better yet, he should have waited until after the competition was over and Nigeria had the trophy safely in her locker before coming out to complain.
3: We deserve the shame if we ever get caught in this scandal. NFF had all the time to test,verify and confirm the Ages and history of all the players assigned to Obuh.
What are your thoughts as we play Spain today in what the bookmakers are labeling a Fire-Cracker of a Match. Should we win and progress to the Fifa Under-17 Finals and eventually take the trophy, are we going to forget this ever happened, or will it simply become irrelevant since FIFA did not say a word on it