Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club Dolphins have declared that their attacking winger Emem Eduok is 20 years old and not 23.
According to the club’s spokesman, China Acheru, the confusion over Eduok’s registration stems from an error during his registration for the 2013/14 NPFL season with the League Management Company (LMC).
Acheru disclosed that Dolphins secretary, Ahmed Abdulrahman, has accepted responsibility for the error in the age of the winger, which has become a burning issue in the Nigerian media in the past days.
“Emem has been our player for past seasons, and he has just one passport which proves that he was born in 1994 contrary to the 1991 that is being bandied about. The error over his age emanated from the registration process which the club secretary has accepted responsibility for,” Acheru told supersport.com.
The man in the centre of the controversy, Eduok, told supersport.com that he remains shocked that there is confusion over his age when his international passport reads that he was born on January 31, 1994.
He added that if he is 23 as being claimed then he would not have played in last year’s Fifa Under-20 World Cup for Nigeria.
“I am in shock that my age is being called into question. Why now after I played in the Under-20 World Cup and my date of birth is on Fifa’s website for everyone to see. I have the same age on my international passport since I have been playing.