Saturday 21 September 2019

'I was shocked to hear what happened' - Mick McCarthy reacts to attack on Ireland U17 international

Tega Agberhiere
Tega Agberhiere
Tega Agberhiere is believed to have been in an altercation
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Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has expressed his shock after an attack on Tega Agberhiere left the Ireland U17 international with serious facial injuries.

Agberhiere and two friends were attacked with a corrosive substance in Waterford last Thursday night, with the Ireland underage prospect currently recovering in hospital after suffering burns to his face and eyes.

Speaking to WLRFM's Damien Tiernan, Agberhiere's mother claimed the substance was thrown "on his face, all over his face".

"He is getting better but he is still in the hospital," she told WLRFM.

"I feel the whole world was on top of me. I was really angry. Initially when I was asking myself… they could have looked for me to pour the acid on me?

"Why my son? Why him?"

It's understood a number of youths were involved in the altercation, which occurred at around 11pm last week.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy wished Agberhiere all the best in his recovery following the shocking incident.

"I was shocked to hear what happened to Tega and his friends in Waterford and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone involved with football in Ireland when I wish them all well as they recover from the effects of this attack," McCarthy said.

"I know Tega is a very promising young footballer and I hope and pray that he is back on the pitch in the very near future. My best wishes to Tega, to his friends and to their families."

Ireland U17 manager Colin O'Brien said that the attack was 'very upsetting'.

He said: "It is very upsetting to hear about the incident involving Tega and I hope that he can complete a speedy recovery.

"Tega was in with us at Under-17 level and he had a great attitude as well as a lot of ability. All of the lads in the squad and the staff send on their best wishes to him and his family."

Ireland U16 manager Paul Osam, who has previously coached Agberhiere, also wished him well in his recovery.

"Tega worked with us with the Under 16 group last season and was part of the squad for the Victory Shield in Northern Ireland in late 2017 and for a double header in Romania that same year. He came across as a nice, quiet lad who loved his football and I can only wish him well with his recovery."

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