Five-time world champions Nigeria risk disqualification from the 2019 U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, reports Futbalgalore.com.
In the Seven-Nation CAF U17 AFCON (WAFU B) qualifiers semi final match, Nigeria defeated hosts Niger 2-1 to set up a final with rivals Ghana.
Goals from Akinkunmi Amoo and Olusegun Olakunle helped the Eaglets eliminate hosts Niger on Wednesday night in Niamey.
But the event took a new twist as Niger reportedly filed a protest against Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player.
Details and name of the culprit wasn’t known as at Press Time.
Football governing body in Africa, Confederation of African Football (CAF) will sit on the matter today.
A new format approved for the competition at the CAF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly which took place in Rabat 13 months ago means countries in each regional bloc gather in one country within the bloc to play a qualifying tournament, as against the old format of home-and-away qualifying series.
Only the winning team from each of the blocs (apart from the bloc of the defending champions that will produce two teams) will qualify for the final tournament, slated for Tanzania next year.