The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have been slammed with an age-cheating allegation by erstwhile Mexico U17 Coach Raúl Gutiérrez.
Gutiérrez was in charge when the 2013 set of Eaglets beat Mexico twice en-route to being crowned champions in the United Arab Emirates.
And while the Golden Eaglets have been outstanding at the ongoing tournament in Chile, Gutiérrez suggests that there is much to meet the eye as he posited that the Eaglets aside their physical attributes take decisions that are not expected of true u17 players.
Gutiérrez also made same accusation against the Mali team that have also booked their place in the semi final.
“It’s the same with the Nigeria team, so with Mali, that beyond the physical development; decisions made by many of their players are not of an U17 player. the coach told mediotiempo.com.
Despite his fears, though, Gutiérrez said he believes Mexico can beat Nigeria when both countries meet in the semi-finals on Thursday (12am Friday, Nigeria time), but admitted that it will be difficult.
“Sure we can beat them, every game is different and safe for our team will be different than the other generations, I think Mexico can have a good result on Thursday.
“In football nothing is written, everyone already knows that the game will be complex, we will face an opponent with a winning record, but you must play the game, the matches are defined on the field and have to think that way,” says Gutiérrez.