He Sub 20 world He usually delivers really incredible stories and this is a clear example of it. In Nigeria, the local press brought up the case of the captain of his team who would have been registered as a footballer for a club that does not exist. As crazy as it sounds.
“Bameyi was on the list sent to FIFA as a Yum Yum FC player. Now there are reports that there is no such club.” wrote the American journalist Brian Sciaretta about the footballer who played the two games that Nigeria has played.
It is not just another player, since the right back was a starter in wins against Dominican Republic (2-1) and Italy (2-0) and almost certainly will act again from the beginning before Brazilthis Saturday at the close of the Group D who has it like leader.
According to the medium Own Goal Nigeria, Daniel Bameji, 17 years old He was registered by his federation as a player for Yum Yum FC, a Nigerian team of which there is no record. “Where exactly are they based? Abuja, they said, but sources in Abuja denied having met a team by that name.”specified the local site.
Ladan Bosso is the Nigerian Under 20 coach. However, the questions became stronger when in March of this year Jose Peseiro summoned Bameyi in the list of 23 footballers for the qualifying matches for the African Cup of Nations of 2023 against Guinea Bissau.
“I chose him because he is a great defender, there are players of the same level, but I have to choose players that I trust”, explained Jose Peseiro, former assistant to Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid. In addition to Bameyi, the coach summoned the Under 20 goalkeeper Chijioke Anigboso, who is also participating in this World Cup.
“While the decision to call on Anigboso can be said to be justified given his near-flawless performance, the same cannot be said for Bameyi, who had to settle for a spot at right-back as he was unable to displace the duo of Benjamin Fredrick and Abel Ogwuche, who formed a near-perfect relationship in central defense in his absence due to suspension,” the Own Goal Nigeria outlet asked.
And finally, they stood out. “Non-league player in Super Eagles: one of the accusations leveled against then (DT) Stephen Keshi that led to his dismissal was his decision to invite a non-league player, Gabriel Okenchukwu, to the senior team. So what has changed between then and now that a non-league player is worthy enough to be called up to the senior team?