Uruguay players at the U-17 World Cup have launched an astonishing attack on Nigeria, accusing the West Africans of fielding 35-year-olds at the ongoing junior competition in the United Arab Emirates.
The captain of the South American side made the accusation after losing their quarter-final 0-2 to Nigeria.
At the final whistle of their defeat by Nigeria, the Uruguay players collapsed to the ground in anguish as if bereaved.
Through mumbled voices and tears they insisted that they had done all they could and regretted not having taken advantage of their opportunities.
But the captain of Uruguay, Fabrizio Buschiazzo, reserved the blame for their defeat on the age of the Eaglets, an accusation even Ghana made during the qualifiers.
The controversy about overage Africans was the theme for the Uruguayan defender, who said: “I am very angry to think that Nigeria are not 17.
“We are a under-17 team and are better than any other under-17s but but not against 35 and 40-year-olds, which is how the Nigerians appeared to be to me.”
However, Buschiazzo added: “This is not an excuse . . . but it is clear that they don’t have the age to play.”