The Golden Eaglets may have secured a second round at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil, but team officials have revealed Abba Bichi, the son of the DSS chief, will most likely not be risked against Australia Friday night in a final group game.
Sahara Reporters reported that coach Manu Garba initially rejected the imposition of the player on his team, but had to succumb amid threats.
Bichi does not enjoy the confidence of the coach, who is now most likely not to play him in Brazil.
The boy, who is schooling in China, did not feature in the team’s three warm-up games in Brazil and has so far been an unused sub at the World Cup.
“Bichi, the DSS DG’s son, might not play for the team because the coaching crew cannot vouch for his ability,” according to the report.
“We may not get to see him play a crucial part in the tournament except in games that the team does not place importance on.”
According to Sahara Reporters, Bichi, 15, was not on the 50-man provisional squad submitted to FIFA in August.
“Bichi’s name is conspicuously missing from the provisional squad, as he was never part of the team prior to his inclusion,” the report said.
Sahara Reporters said the NFF have refused to clear the air on the sudden inclusion of Bichi Junior on the U17 World Cup squad.