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