By: Bibian Onwugbolu, Port Harcourt
A hugely depleted Golden Eaglets will fly out of the country Wednesday ahead of this year’s U17 AFCON and will face another round of age tests the following day on arrival in Tanzania, SportsDay reports.
The Eaglets lost as many of six of their starters from the zonal qualifiers in Niger in September after the latest MRI age test in Abuja last week.
It is further learnt that the Eaglets handlers are ready to risk a couple of the players who are on the border line from the age test.
Last year, the gamble on skipper Sulaiman Sani Abacha failed after he was disqualified at the zonal qualifiers in Niamey.
Its also learnt that the Eaglets final 21-man squad will face another round of age tests on Thursday.
This test will be conducted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Oparanozie Is New Falcons Captain As NFF, Coaches Divided
France based attacker, Desire Oparanozie has been named the new Super Falcons captain with less than two months to the commencement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Oparanozie got the nod to captain the team after Monday’s international friendly against Canada in Spain which it was gathered may not go down well with the top guns at the Nigeria Football Federation who wanted Onome Ebi.
Oparanozie got Nigeria’s goal in the first half of the game after profiting from a brilliant pass from Uchenna Kalu.
However the coaches led by head coach, Thomas Dennerby kicked on the choice of Ebi as the substantive captain instead opting for Rita Chikwelu who plays her club football in Sweeden.
Recalled that both Ebi and Chikwelu have been joint captains since the arrival of Dennerby which was considered rather strange among followers of the game. Both lifted the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations trophy in Ghana.
As if that was not enough, the coaches were also not happy with the speed certain matters which would have been discussed by the team and considered confidential get to the federation.
About 90% of the players are behind Oparanozie although no reason was given for their decision.