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Ripe At 15, Too Young At 18!

Ripe At 15, Too Young At 18!

–Contrasting fortunes of Martin Odegaard and Kelechi Iheanacho

While Super Eagles boss,Stephen Keshi ruled out Golden Eaglets star and FIFA U-17 Most Valuable Player Kelechi Iheanacho out of the senior national team on account of his age (he turned 18 at the start of the month), Norway believes age is just a number and at just 15 years and 300 days old capped Martin Odegaard to become the youngest player ever to represent a nation in a European Championship qualifier.

The starlet, who is a supporter of Liverpool, came off the bench in the 64th minute, replacing Mats Daehli in his countries 2-1 win over Bulgaria on Monday night.

Odegaard received a rousing ovation from the home crowd, who got to see little glimmers of what the highly-rated youngster can do.

The previous record for youngest player in the competition was set by Iceland’s Sigurdur Jonsson when he made his debut against Malta back in 1983.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 3
  • Beejay 4 years ago

    Na wa for Keshi ooo!

  • SoccerInNigeria 4 years ago

    Keshi has lost it. He knows he will not be given a new contract, so he is trying to profit as much as possible from his from his mediocre players. There is no problem though. Today Wednesday October 15th is his last game coaching the Super Eagles.

  • Naijaking 4 years ago

    Pinnick plans for future stars

     Sports    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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    Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick is set to launch a new initiative in the country, focused on helping coaches discover and nurture the next generation of national team stars.

    “The coaches cannot do it all and this administration realizes that. We are going to create a technical study group under the technical committee (of the NFF) that will go round this country.

    “For every quarter, say about once every three months, we will identify young footballers between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age.

    “We will continue monitoring the progress of these players. They will be taken to developmental league in Europe after they are spotted in Nigeria.

    “I am talking about leagues in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Danish leagues where they will be taught the rudiments of the game.

    “The aspect of sports science will also be applied to these players and the results will be massive for Nigerian football.”

    NIGERIAN DOES NOT NEED TO BE A FEEDER TO ANY DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE. NIGERIAN LEAGUE SHOULD BE THE DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE IN ITSELF.

    THE NEW NFF PRESIDENT HAS STARTED WITH COMMENT THAT INDICATE HE MIGHT BE THE WRONG CHOICE FOR THE JOB.

    MR. PRESIDENT, YOUR JOB IS TO WORK TO MAKE SURE THE LEAGUE IMPROVE FROM WHERE IT IS AT THE MOMENT, GET BETTER AND STRONGER AND NOT TURNING THE COUNTRY INTO A FEEDER FOR FORIGN LEAGUES , THEREBY LEAVING OUR LEAGUE TO DETRIORATE FUTHER.

    ONE OF THE REASONS OUR NATIONAL TEAM CAN’T WIN A MATCH CAN EASILY BE TRACED TO THE POOR STATE OF OUR LEAGUE AND INSTEAD OF YOU AND YOUR BOARD TO FASHION OUT WAYS TO IMPROVE THE LEAGUE AND THE PLAYERS, YOU ARE LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR PEOPLE’S LEAGUE WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ANY POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE NATIONAL TEAM.

    A STRONGER LEAGUE WILL IMPROVE THE NATIONAL TEAM. CONGO, SOUTH AFRICA AND SUDAN HAVE MORE THAN 80% OF THEIR NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS PLAYING IN THEIR DOMESTIC LEAGUES, YET THEY WERE ABLE TO BEAT AND DRAW WITH THE EAGLES THAT HAS 98% OF IT’S PLAYERS BASED AWAY FROM HOME.