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BASETSANA coach Augustine Makalakalane has suggested that Nigeria might be harbouring overage players in their Under-20 team.
The two meet in a crucial Fifa Under-20 World Cup qualifying first-leg match at Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria tomorrow and Makalakalane's comment could set the cat among the pigeons.
Eleven of the Nigerian girls were in the last Under-20 World Cup held in Russia in 2008, raising suspicion.
"Obviously I have no proof but there is no way those girls are the age they say they are. For them to be eligible now, they would have to have been 15 or 16 in 2008. Looking at them I have my doubts," Makalakalane said.
"But, we will not concern ourselves with that cheating is part of the game anyway. In any case, nobody is interested and your protests will just fall on deaf ears."
Other than that, Makalakalane said he was hoping the country gets behind the team and people arrive armed with vuvuzelas to cheer the girls on.
"We are totally committed and focused.
"Based on our past history with Nigeria, who always win against us, only mental toughness will do. We are anticipating our strongest challenge since this campaign started."
The two African teams that finish at the top of their groups will represent the continent at the world event in Germany in July.
The Nigerians, who were expected in the country yesterday, could not be reached for comment.
In Group B the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana will battle for the top spot, also this weekend.