Akyns it's true that a lot of these players aren't honest about their age but Ogbeche's case is peculiar because he was relatively young when he was thrown into the "deep end". Aghahowa on the other hand was an established "old man" when he played for the under 21's, he is in Limbo now and rightly so.
@ davidif, kainos76
can u really fault the coaches?
Afterall we're talking about players who've done everything possible to hide their real ages.
It's just like saying we rushed Aghahowa into the super eagles @ age 17(Nations' cup 2000).
now he's "supposedly" 25 and heaven knows where he is @ the moment.
If Ogbeche had maintained the form that brought him to the National team, no devil would have been able to keep him out.
This is one of those sad stories of kids that were rushed too early too soon to the spotlight. Credit his demise to shuaibu amodu and the nigerian media who pushed the boy so early to join the national team despite just breaking in to first team at PSG, they should have let the boy develop for at least 2 years. I remember that the boy was introduced to the National team as a result of a spur-of-the-moment reaction by the NFA to disband the national team just a couple of months before the World Cup. Instead of keeping the team intact and introducing a couple of new players, they decided to start from scratch at the behest of millions of Nigerians. Shuaibu Amodu like many detractors out there don't know that the majority opinion is not always the right opinion they failed to realize that every kid is different, and that every player has a different growth curve; some players blow up early like the Ronaldo's and the Messi's, and some develop late like the Luca Toni's, in fact for every Michael Owen there is a Nii Lamptey and for every Rooney there is a Berkant Goktan. The morale of the story is that this kids should be allowed to develop both mentally, physically and football speaking before being introduced to the highest so as not to shatter their confidence. By the way, there is a reason why Bojan Krkic is not playing in the Euros, hint hint: its not because he is not good enough.