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Exclusive: Lateef Omidiji not dumping Nigeria for USA

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No disappointment over Lateef Omidiji ‘s drop – Sophia Omidiji

Lateef Omidiji Jnr. was unable to make the final Golden Eaglet squad to Tanzania for the U-17 African Cup of Nations.

Rumours have been milling in Nigeria that the youngster could switch international allegiance to either USA or Netherland, but in an exclusive chat with sister Sophia Omidiji, she posited ‘nothing like such will happen.’

Having being dropped from the squad to Tanzania, there have been reports of the 15 years, who is eligible to play for both USA and Netherland dumping Nigeria

Lateef, according to sources, was unhappy due to the manner he was dropped, as he believed he did enough to be amongst the final 21 to Tanzania.

And responding to his omission from the U-17 squad, as reported by owngoal, Lateef deleted all pictures associating him with the Green and White National colours of Nigeria on Twitter and wrote: “move on wit {with} international football.”

When Sophia Omidiji, a two-time capped international was contacted by spotkick to comment whether there are plans for Lateef to switch international allegiance, she responded: “Not true at all.”

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Pressed further whether there’s any sort of disappointment in the family over the issue, she added: “None whatsoever – everything and everyone is good. God bless our Nation.

“Unfortunately, haven’t granted an interview and not granting any interviews. Everything is good – no disappointment. Nothing to write or say. We move forward.”

Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglet started their AFCON campaign with a 5-4 win over host Tanzania on Sunday.

A win for the team in their next game against Angola, who defeated Uganda by 1-0 also on Sunday, will see the Golden Eaglet book a place in the semi-finals and the FIFA U -17 Cup to be staged in Brazil later in the year.

Olatosimi Fadahunsi192 Posts

Olatosimi Fadahunsi is a part-time non-professional footballer and a football writer with spotkick. His football ideology/mind/eyes endlessly rove multidimensionally.


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