Thanks to redditor Naija_football, whose suspicions regarding a player on the Nigerian Women’s U-17 team at the world cup currently held in Azerbaijan, an age fraud case is in the process of being exposed, regarding Victoria Aidelomon, who according to the electronic paper trail uncovered by Naija, is actually much closer to 30 than being a teenager.
Nigeria have done very well up till now, making it into the quarterfinals after winning two matches and drawing one in the group stage. Naija’s had his spider-sense tingling while he was watching some of the matches, feeling that the Nigerian players looked a bit too old for the competition, especially Aidelomon. So, he dove into Facebook and started doing some detective work, which resulted in this –
The captain, Aidelomon, has a younger sister that is 19 years old and another sister that is probably between 26 and 29. How old is she? According to the numbers and dates showing up on and uncovered, she can’t be any younger than being in her late 20’s.
Age cheating isn’t something new, especially in Africa where FIFA began using MRI to determine eligibility through bone development, but that only occurs in the men’s game, not for women’s tournament.
Yes, this isn’t exactly hard, court-like evidence, but it seems pretty legit and conclusive. Whether it makes enough news and noise to get FIFA’s attention, that remains to be seen. We hope that this guy’s hard work in uncovering the truth (about his own country’s national side) won’t have been for nothing.