The coach of Iran’s U-17 side, Ali Doustimehr, has expressed doubts over the true ages of the Golden Eaglets, after the Nigerians defeated his side 4-1 in the second round of the ongoing U-17 World Cup.
Doustimehr insisted that they are not teenagers, when he was asked for his reactions after the loss in the round of 16.
“As a national coach for 30 years and having worked with young players in the last 20 years, my experience tells me that these Nigerians are not teenagers,” he said.
“I am not saying that the Eaglets are over the age or under the stipulated age but they showed so much experience against us that makes me to feel that they are too strong to be teenagers”.
He however congratulated the Eaglets for making it through to the quarter final and said the future was bright for Nigerian football.
He added: “Congratulations to the Nigerians and I see a bright future for Nigeria if they continue with these players who have shown a lot of experience”.