Nigeria U20 Coach Aigbogun Explains Why It’s Hard To Rely On NPFL Players

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The call for more players from the Nigeria U20 team to be included in the U20 team has provoked a reaction from coach of the team Paul Aigbogun, Owngoalnigeria.com reports.

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Aigbogun picked eight players from teams in the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in the team that finished 4th at the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic last month.

The team picked one of the ticket to represent Africa at the World Youth Championship by virtue of their 4th place finish and in preparation for the U20 World Youth Championship, the coach is in Europe scouting for talents to improve his squad.

Explaining his decision to scout for players abroad to beef up his squad, the coach explained that age discrepancies is making it hard to pick players from teams in the NPFL.

” Proper documentation is a big problem with players in the NPFL and generally at almost all league levels in Nigeria. This mean you’re not sure of what to expect when it comes to verifying their ages for documentation “, the coach told Owngoalnigeria.com.

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” Most times we drop players we’ve worked with for months and years due to issues like this. No coach will be happy working with players you’re not sure of what will happen next. It’s really hard for most of us at this level”, he concluded.

Osas Mahawi