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Guinea's Alleged U-23 Age Cheat: Why Is The NFF Dragging Their Heels Over Complaining To CAF


Barely seventy two hours after the Guineans dumped Nigeria out of the AFCON u-23 qualification campaign, it appears their celebration party has to be on hold as they potentially have case to answer over age falsification of their midfielder Alseny Soumah.


Conakry born midfielder Alseny, who scored his side's second goal against the Olympic Eagles has been drawn in an alleged controversial age discrepancies, having providing conflicticting age information in his dates of birth.


According to information gathered by several media outlets, Alseny was listed as 22 and 24 year on different platforms including CAF website.


Going by certain findings as posted on Transfer markt website, the midfielder was born on May 16, 1998 (24 years), while the second posited that he was born on the 1st of January, 2001 (22 years).


In line with the 23 years age limit for the tournament, the second age that indicates he is 22 years of age qualifies him to participate in the competition.


The Guineans are at the risk of disqualification from the AFCON U23 tournament, if they are found guilty of the act.


This piece of news will come as a life-line for Nigeria as the NFF will be looking to exploit the situation.


The question is: will the NFF lodge a complaint swiftly? It remains to be seen.

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