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The Questioning of the Nigerian Age

The Questioning of the Nigerian Age
Anyway, an interesting story breaking, which concerns the age of our ex-player Yakubu & has some reflection on Kanu.

The Nigerian FA have written in complaint to the FA at comments made by Everton manager David Moyes towards Yakubu, and other Nigerian's in general regarding their ages, and maybe what they might really be?

"He's only 25, albeit a Nigerian 25, and so if that is his age he's still got a good few years ahead of him," Moyes told the Guardian newspaper.

Yakubu is not the only one who has had his age questioned over the years, as many other Nigerians including our own Kanu have too.

NFA spokesman Ademola Olajire countered Moyes' comments on the BBC

"His statement is insulting to the Nigerian nation and unbecoming of a Premier League manager"

"We don't take kindly to snide remarks about our players, or our nation and we have sent a strongly-worded complaint to the English FA.

"Seriously, we will go at any length to ensure he is brought to book to explain his comments."

Written by Storagematt.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday February 24 2008
Time: 12:20PM

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kanu, as you rightly say matt he did change the game yesterday and for my money put in his best performance for a long time, arguably since his showing against blackburn in his 1st ever game for us... he showed just why i think he is best used from the bench.

on to the real matter in question - the nigeria age issue - its funny as Chix and i were again having this very conversation about kanu and his 'age' before the game... tbh im still finding it hard to believe that he is 'just' 31 or 32?

pompeyrug
24/02/2008 12:25:00
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Well Chix doesn't even know how old he is lol
eastneydave
24/02/2008 13:16:00
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Yakubu under David Moyes, looks five years younger than when he joined Everton!!! He has lost weight and looks 100% fitter.
007
24/02/2008 13:41:00
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there is something fishy going on...although its not exactly the place of someone in such a high profile position to suggest something like that, its probably more just a sence of humour failure from nigeria...
pompeycarpet
24/02/2008 14:42:00
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Maybe it's like cats & dogs. 1 year in our terms is 9 months in Nigeria. Kanu really 38 but is actually only 32. LOL
storagematt
24/02/2008 14:56:00
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plenty have suggested it before carps, and probably some more high profile thans moyes... you know what matt it wouldnt surprise me if kanu really was that old :-)
pompeyrug
24/02/2008 15:57:00
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true rug...probably just nigerea failing to have a sence of humour...
pompeycarpet
24/02/2008 16:30:00
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the way i see it, people that tend to be from nigeria and the surrounding countries just develop earlier and quicker, therefore wouldnt be able to perform to the same standards as a standard european of the same age. and moyes' exact words arent suggesting thats yakubu is older, just referring to the fact that he is ageing earlier because he is nigerian...perhaps. im not sure that made sense, but i dont think moyes meant to be rude, he was just suggesting that perhaps yakubu will age earlier, so thertefore wont be playing football at the highest level for as long.
jbaker
24/02/2008 18:42:00
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it's difficult to believe Kanu is only 2 or 3 years older than Benjani
ChrisW
24/02/2008 19:48:00
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Cw. Not when you compare the Zimbabwe calendar to the Nigerian.
storagematt
24/02/2008 20:28:00
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