U-17 World Cup tournament is currently ongoing in Brazil and reports have emerged about incredible intrigues preceding the selection process of Golden Eaglets squad as local report claimed a player, Abba Bichi, was "smuggled" into the team by NFF.
Abba, the son of the director-general of Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bich, is part of the Golden Eaglets team currently representing Nigeria in Brazil.
However, a Sahara Reporters report claims that team coach Manu Garba was forced to drop a promising star Ogaga Oduko for Bichi's son during the close build-up to the tournament.
The report also added that Garba reportedly dropped the 15-year-old star for Abba amid sack threat from top members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“Oduko had been with the team since the time of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tanzania,'' the inside source claimed.
"We were surprised when he was dropped in the final squad list and saw the name of Abba Bichi included,'' the sourced further added claiming Abba was not part of the building up process.
The media source also claimed that to the surprise of players and coaching crew already in Brazil, Abba was introduced as a new member of the squad, while "helpless lad" Oduko was shown the exit path.
Abba was unused substitute as Golden Eaglets grabbed their two wins over Hungary and Ecuador.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Ecuador vs Nigeria saw the Golden Eaglets qualify into the round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.
Ibrahim Said scored two late goals to complete his hat-trick as an own goal from Daniel Jinadu and another from Johan Mina put Ecuador ahead.
The Golden Eaglets got off to a flying start after just five minutes as Said capitalized on a poor clearance by the goalkeeper to score into an empty to make it 1-0.
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