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Video: The scene in South Africa

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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Mmm Fish Eagle.

Posted by: Reignking | May 12, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

It's going to be great when the beat Mexico in the first match!!

Posted by: delantero | May 12, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@Vicc

I am from West Africa, Sierra Leone to be exact and speaking as someone who was once a 20 year old West African male trust me, Freddy Adu is a 20 year old young man.

Posted by: Kosh2 | May 11, 2010 11:41 PM

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Kool. Two of my life long friends are from Sierra Leone as well.

One of them moved to the U.S. at 14. That's when I met him and have been friends with him for 12 years. He has a cousin playing on the Sierra Leone National squad. They both share the same last name: Ibrahim Kargbo.

He also has a very good friend on the squad, Mustafa Bangura. They grew up together and are the same age. However, the world cup video game lists his age at 20, when really he is 26.

It happens all the time Kosh. Remember an ESPN outside the lines segment where Miguel Tejada was actually 2 years older than reported and they questioned him about it?

Freddy Adu is older than we think!

Posted by: Vicc | May 12, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

John Terry injured today? Any news on this or another internet rumor?

Posted by: teamn | May 12, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Woops, nevermind, just looked at the Wednesday kickaround post. Apologies!

Posted by: teamn | May 12, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey Vicc, you are forgetting that Adu moved here when he was 7. There was no advantage of any kind to the family to pretend the child was younger than he really was. Indeed, the entire family's immigration status would have been nullified had it been discovered.

While many athletes from many places have falsified birthdays to get a competitive advantage, there is no logical reason to make that assumption about Adu unless you are just making the assumption that anyone from West Africa is automatically a liar. If that is the case, you have much bigger problems than worrying about soccer players.

Posted by: troy6 | May 12, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Have any MLS clubs put a discovery claim on Lehlohonolo Dube yet?

Posted by: csd1 | May 12, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

U.S.A. is getting past the quarter finals. I cant wait for us to set the tone June 12th @ 8:30 against overrated England...WORLD CUP IM SO EXCITED!

Posted by: GOmellyDOTcom | May 12, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people persist with all these unfounded Freddy Adu rumors. What are the signs that he's really older than he claims? He hasn't acted more matured than his official age. He hasn't produced on the field more than his official age. In fact, everything Adu has done is proof of his young age and immaturity. Sure some youth players from Africa (and other parts of the world) have been caught lying about their ages. But Adu came her at age 7 when there wasn't even an hint of him playing at the young levels. So why would his parents lie about him being 7 if he was older? So he can repeat second grade? Give me a break!

LeBron was a beast of a man even when he was in high school. How come no one is questioning his age? And he acts like an immature jerk.

Posted by: tundey | May 12, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

After last night's performance we should all demand a bone scan from Lebron!

Or something...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 12, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Vicc, you are forgetting that Adu moved here when he was 7. There was no advantage of any kind to the family to pretend the child was younger than he really was. Indeed, the entire family's immigration status would have been nullified had it been discovered.

While many athletes from many places have falsified birthdays to get a competitive advantage, there is no logical reason to make that assumption about Adu unless you are just making the assumption that anyone from West Africa is automatically a liar. If that is the case, you have much bigger problems than worrying about soccer players.

Posted by: troy6 | May 12, 2010 11:28 AM


I use to agree with you Troy6 but 1 question stands out in this Freddy Adu age debate.... If in fact Adu started playing football @ the age of "13"(7 years ago) ,then why has his transition from 13 yr old boy to 20 yr old man not brought him any growth (height or weight)????

Plus your using his age to prove a point(by saying he moved here when he was 7) When his age is whats up for debate. because him moving to the U.S. @ the age of 10 or 11 and saying he was 7 seems like there is an advantage or should i say investment...


Im not a conspiracy theorist im just saying it happens(alot) ask Roger Milla(Cameroonian), Kanu(Nigerian), Finidi George(Nigerian) and Obefembi Martins("Martins’ date of birth on his passport stating 28 October 1984 while the website of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said he was born on 1 May 1978")

"You cant afford to be that Naive"


Posted by: GOmellyDOTcom | May 12, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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