10 players have been chased home from the Nigerian U-23 football team, including Federation Cup star Emem Eduok.
Coach Samson Siasia is determined to have no age frauds in his team as he prepares for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Eduok who went into the history books after scoring the first goal at the newly commissioned Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo is mysteriously credited with two different birth dates, both of which put him in the desired age bracket.
Timi Ebikagboro, the media officer for the Nigeria U23 side, confirmed the dropping of Eduok even as he added that the team’s handlers will be on their toes not to allow any age cheats in the new squad being assembled.
“All selected players must come with their international passports when reporting to camp on the 4th of January,” he said. “Glo Nigeria Premier League players (are) to add license.”
The spokesperson also revealed that Coach Siasia has declared that only players born after January 1, 1993 will be eligible to report to camp, which has already witnessed over 1,000 interested players.