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Under 20 World Cup, mystery captain Nigeria: his team does not exist

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A mystery in the Under 20 World Cup, now played in Argentina. It concerns Nigeria, the team that won 2-0 against Italy on Wednesday. Daniel
he was one of the protagonists of that match. Captain of the African national team, he was also close to scoring on a few occasions. But Bameyi, a defender, ended up at the center of a case. The team he is registered with in Fifa, Yum Yum FC, does not seem to exist. And there are also doubts about the age reported by the player, 17 years old.

Let’s start with the team. No one in Nigeria has ever heard of this club. There is no trace of it even in the official documents of the Nigerian Football Federation, or on specialized sites. On Transfer marketthe reference newspaper in the quotes of the players, Bameyi is credited with a value of 250 thousand euros, the same as the alleged Yum Yum Fc.


It all started with the research of the Nigerian site Own goal, according to which the boy would have lied about both his age and the club he came from. The investigation made it clear that there is no club registered with that name in Nigeria to date and the team should be based in Abuja, but no one confirms its existence. Then, about the age communicated, the doubts arise due to the fact that Bameyi, who suddenly appeared on the international scene, immediately became captain of the Under 20 (surpassing colleagues with more experience and caps) and was called up by the national senior team.

Source: Corriere

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