All My Players Are Under 20 – Obuh Refutes Age Cheating Allegation


Nigeria U-20 head coach John Obuh has denied that some of his players at the African Youth Championship are over the age.

Reports in Algeria suggested that many teams have players at the tournament over the age. Sebastian Migan, the head coach of DR Congo’s U20 team accused the Nigerian side of fielding over-aged players and lamented the development cost his side a place in the semifinal.

Obuh said: “that is not true, all my players are under twenty and whoever has any information that my players are over the age should prove it”.

“We have a young team and they can play for many years again without problems”.

Nigeria now faces Mali on Friday for a third place finish.


  1. then how come players like Ajagun and others are participating in their second consecutive youth championships. i thought the youth championship is for finding and grooming young talents that can fit into the senior level in the future…if a player has gotten that experience, it is only wise to allow others feel such instead of using a particular set of players in 3 consecutive youth will never grow if we continue in this trend i called lazy man approach…my advice to you coach Obuh, Ajagun and co. have done their bit in the past championsships, do scout for fresh legs and stop limiting them to just the under 20 championship, they have to grow and mature in their football career..