Abuja - Golden Eaglets coach Manu Garba has raised alarm
over some persons claiming to be Nigeria Football Federation officials
demanding money from footballers to get them play for Nigeria’s junior team.
The U-17 National Team coach is pained about the nefarious
activities of some persons who are alleged to have been demanding money from
unsuspecting Nigerians in order to have their wards in the Golden Eaglets.
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Garba has therefore, warned Nigerians to be wary of
impostors on social platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter amongst
others asking for money on his behalf so as to offer their wards chance in the
U-17 National Team.
News24 reports that there were over 3000 players at the Golden
Eaglets screening held in Abuja on May 30 and 31.
Garba said he has reliably been informed that a certain
Attah Aneke and some at large, have been masquerading as officials of the
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and have allegedly swindled some people.
"Once again, I want to call on Nigerians especially
parents and guardians that I have not asked anybody to recruit players, talk
less of asking anybody to collect money on my behalf for the purpose of buying
their way into the Golden Eaglets," he stated.
"We are almost two weeks into the screening exercise
and anybody who has come around would have seen how transparent the process has
been; you don't have to pay anybody a Kobo to be considered for the Golden
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