By Ben Efe
Nigeria Football Association has waved aside a protest by the South Africa Football Association, alleging that Nigeria used four over aged players in the FIFA women under-17 World Cup qualifiers decided last weekend.
Nigeriaâ€™s Falconets dispatched their South African counterparts with a 7-1 goals aggregate to qualify for the tournament billed for Trinidad and Tobago September 5-25. And that only left South Africans fuming.
But NFA technical committee chairman Taiwo Ogunjobi said yesterday that the South African protest holds no water.
â€œThey can take their protest to wherever they like. We have nothing to fear, our team is clean and we have qualified for the World Cup and we are going to play in it,â€ Ogunjobi said confidently.
After the first leg game decided in Abuja the South African had raised an alarm after they were trashed 5-0 by the Nigerian team.
They warned the NFA not to bring the over aged players for the return leg. According to Fran Hilton Smith who is coach of the South African girls, the NFA still brought the same players to the second leg, which they lost 2-1.
â€œYes I can officially confirm that we have lodged a protest against four Nigerian players who we believe are over-age and were not supposed to play in the Under-17 tournament.
â€œWe have submitted the necessary documents and paid the protest fee and are waiting for CAF to respond on the matter,â€said Hilton Smith.