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Accuses NFF of foul play
By George Aluo
Sixteen-year-old Nigerian rising star, Maduabuchi Obinwa may be lacing boots for the United States’ U-17 side after being frustrated out of the Golden Eaglets. Parents of the immensely talented footballer, Mr. and Mrs. Nnanna Obinwa actually wanted their boy born January 15, 1997 to play for Nigeria and brought him home ostensibly for that purpose.
Maduabuchi, who hit Golden Eaglets camp on arrival was told by NFF medics that he failed MRI test, a result which the mother was contesting, insisting his boy is not over aged, as that was only a ploy to stop him from lacing boots for the country.
A visibly bitter Mrs. Stella Obinna while narrating what they went through in the Golden Eaglets camp said it was a shame that her son was being denied the opportunity to serve his fatherland.
Her words: “My son Maduabuchi is a talented footballer and has been doing well in the United States. The US coaches wanted him in their youth team, but we felt he should play for Nigeria. We got home only to face all manner of stumbling blocks. The first hurdle was when the NFF said we should pay for his MRI test at the National Hospital in Abuja which we did. We paid N100,000 to run the test (I have the receipt)and the big surprise was when I was told my son is over aged, going by the MRI result. I have challenged that because I know my son was born 16 years ago in the States. And the amazing thing is that the NFF has refused to release the MRI scan result to me. Since I paid for it, its my property and I need to see what the outcome of the test was,” Mrs. Stella Obinwa stated.
Beyond the MRI test, Mrs Obinwa said she was made to pick up the feeding and hotel bills of his boy while in camp in Calabar.
“The NFF said I should pick up the bills of our flight to camp, where the Eaglets are camped. In Calabar, I also paid for my son’s feeding and accommodation, even when the governor of Cross River State was funding the camping exercise there. My boy has been frustrated out of camp and returned to the States where the coaches has since welcomed him into the US U-18 team,” Mrs. Obinwa disclosed.
Daily SunSports check revealed that Maduabuchi, a midfielder, laces boots for Chicago Magic, a youth club affiliated to PSG soccer academy. He is billed to hit Europe next month to undergo trials with Real Madrid’s youth team.
Maduabuchi is also on the list of 60 top players called up by a U.S. Soccer’s scouting network from major cities across the country. The players invited are those born in 1996 and 1997.
U.S. U18 Men’s National Team head, Javier Perez is expected to call in some of the top performers from the combine for the next cycle with that age group, which kick off its next camp in Southern California later this month.
“Out there in the US, everything is all expenses paid by the government, but here I paid for virtually everything from transportation to MRI test down to his feeding and accommodation and at the end of the day, our desire to see him play for Nigeria has not worked out,” Mrs, Obinwa complained.