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Golden Eaglets coach alleges ‘robbery’ in Niger

22 August 2016, 10:18Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Golden Eaglets assistant coach Nduka Ugbade has alleged that his side was a victim of bad officiating that led to a 3-1 loss to Niger in a CAF U17 Championship qualifier played in Niamey on Saturday.

Striker Sidibe Assoumanu gave the host the lead in the 36th minute with a pile drive just outside the box that beat a poorly positioned goalkeeper Adeleye Adebayo before Usman Musa Babalolo got the equalizer with a header barely a minute to the end of first half.

The second half began with much drama as the Camerounian referee Henry Duvalier Mouandjou Kalla gave the host a penalty in the 48th minute, which was converted by Mamane Bello.

Also read: Golden Eaglets arrive Niamey, set for Menas’ test

With minutes left to play, the host got yet a free kick just outside the box which was converted by Issaka Magaji to seal a 3-1 victory for Niger and ensured Nigeria has now failed to qualify for the championship and will not be at the FIFA U17 World Cup to defend their title.

"This is a daylight robbery and cannot be defined in any other way because all the officials worked jointly and fully against Nigeria," lamented Ugbade.

"What would the Nigeriens and the officials of the match be teaching their kids at home? In all my life in football, I have never seen this kind of drama but Nigerians would not be able to see the match as all our cameras were seized."

News24 reported that Golden Eaglets now join Flying Eagles and Super Eagles for a 2017 of no competitive football for Nigeria.

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