is the captain of Nigeria a liar?

Already qualified for the round of 16 of the U20 World Cup, after their two victories in two games against the Dominican Republic (2-1) on May 21 and Italy (0-2) on May 24, Nigeria is splashed by a controversy that would have gone well.

Indeed, the right-back and captain of the Flying Eagles, Daniel Bameyi, 17, has officially declared that he plays for Yumyum FC in Nigeria, an imaginary club according to the indiscretions ofOwnGoal Nigeria. According to the local media, there is not the slightest trace of such a club in Abuja, the city where his stronghold is supposed to be. Moreover, no data on the team is listed by the specialized sites. The very incomplete profile of the player on the reference site Transfermarkt
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Daniel Bameyi, a neighborhood player?

In truth, Bameyi would play in a district championship. However, this did not prevent him from being called up to the A team of Nigeria, with which he has an appearance at the end of 2022. A sacred tour de force which would be to the “credit” of his influential agent, who maintains good connections with the Football Federation of Nigeria (FNF), according to revelations from SoFoot. Asked about the reasons for the presence of the defender of 1.69m, José Peseiro, the coach of the A team of Nigeria, was satisfied with a laconic answer in March: “I chose him because he is a great defender, there are players of the same level, but I have to choose players I trust. »

Before facing Brazil on Saturday May 26 for the last day of the group stage of the U20 World Cup, Nigeria is alone at the top of group D ahead of Seleção U20, Italy and the Dominican Republic.

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