Premium Times (Abuja)

18 June 2013

Nigeria: FIFA Declares Nigeria's First Goal Against Tahiti As Own Goal

The goal was initially credited to Elderson Echiejile The first goal of the match between Nigeria and Tahiti, scored by Elderson Echiejile, has been declared an own goal by the world football ruling body, FIFA.

After its investigation of the game, FIFA released a statement on Tuesday saying, "Following further studies of the video of the match between Tahiti and Nigeria on 17 June 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 Nicolas Valler.

"The goal was initially awarded to Nigeria's Uwa Echiejile but after careful review was credited as an own goal."

Jonathan Tehau also scored an own goal against his team 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 three points, same with Spain; but with a higher goals difference after defeating Tahiti 6-1 while Spain defeated Uruguay 2-1.

The Super Eagles will play their next match against Uruguay in Salvador.

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