U-20 World Cup: NFF reacts to reports that Flying Eagles’ players paid bribes to be selected

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied that players of the Flying Eagles, bribed their way to be called up for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

In a statement posted on their verified Twitter page, the NFF strongly debunked several rumours that has trailed the exit of the team.Paul Aigbogun’s men were eliminated from the tournament, following a 2-1 loss to Senegal in the Round of 16.

“It has come to the notice of the Nigeria Football Federation that a spurious message has been doing the rounds on social media with the aim of denting the image of the Flying Eagles coach Mr Paul Aigbogun and by extension the Federation.

“The post, apparently emanating from a blog that is known to constantly spew lies suggested that coach Paul accused members of his backroom staff of conspiring against him as well as maliciously insinuating players paid monies to get called up.

“In as much as the NFF understands Nigerians are not happy about the exit of the Flying Eagles from the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland, it is imperative that the Federation clear the air on the rumors.

“At no time did Paul Aigbogun give such an interview to anyone – formal or informal and for anyone to suggest such, it can only the wild imaginations of the writer who despite quoting an imaginary source, never attributed same to anyone.

“The coach and his backroom staff are in unison and worked together in peace.

“Allegations of bribery, forcing of players on the coach and others are a mere fabrications, a figment of the author’s imagination and should not be taken seriously.

“Despite the disappointment of the exit of the Flying Eagles from the tournament in Poland, the NFF still remains unwavering in her commitment to developing youth football in Nigeria.

“That has been one of the core pillars of the Federation and will continue in the same path,” it read.

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