Shahdagh Qusar FK striker Victor Emenayo is facing an uncertain future in the beautiful game after his club accused of him of being some 17 years older than they were led to believe.
The Azerbaijani club signed the forward this summer but soon discovered several discrepancies in his official documentation.
While his passport lists him as being “born” in 1993, official documentation passed on to Shahdagh Qusar FK officials reportedly appeared to indicate the striker may actually be 28.
But there was worse to come.
Further research online by club officials uncovered additional evidence to suggest he may actually be well over the age of 40.
An official statement from the club claimed the striker was “17 times older than the age he is claiming on his international passport,” which is a lot.
Prior to his arrival in Azerbaijan, Emenayo played for several years in Uganda with SC Vila, despite still being relatively young. According to his passport, at least.
Meanwhile, pictures of Emenayo, kitted out in the club’s colours, have found their way online where the 23-year-old’s appearance has come under scrutiny.
And when we say scrutiny, we obviously mean piss taking.
Emenayo has found some willing to support his claims, with these backers claiming the striker suffers from a rare condition called Lorde Disease which makes him look older than he is.
However, Nigerian’s reputation in this particular area is unlikely to help his cause.
In the past players like Nwankwo Kanu, Obafemi Martins and ,Yakubu Aiyegbeni have all been accused of being far older than their official documentation states.
Nigerian also saw 26 players banned from a recent Under-17 World Cup amid accusations they had lied about their age.
Emenayo could be in serious trouble.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.