Confed Cup: FIFA Disqualifies Uwa Echejile As 1st Goal Scorer Against Tahiti
Echiejile was initially thought to have scored the first goal which led to a 6-1 drubbing of the tiny Oceania country yesterday.
However, FIFA technical committee says the goal was in fact an own goal scored by one of Tahiti’s amateur soccer player, Nicolas Valler.
FIFA released a statement today clarifying the status of the first goal
See full FIFA statement below:
“Following further studies of the video of the match between Tahiti and Nigeria on June 17 in Belo Horizonte, FIFA’s Technical Study Group has decided the first goal of Nigeria, scored in the fifth minute, was an own goal by Tahiti number 10 player, Nicolas Valler’
‘The goal was initially awarded to Nigeria’s Uwa Echiejile but after careful review was credited as an own goal’.
A second player Jonathan Tehau also scored an own goal for Tahiti after scoring the first goal ever in a FIFA tournament for Tahiti, making him the first player in the history of Confederations Cup to score a goal and an own goal.
Nigeria tops Group ‘B’ of the FIFA Confederations Cup with 3 points, the same as Spain but ahead on goals’ difference.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play against the national team of Uruguay tomorrow Wednesday in Salvador, Brazil.