Saturday, 21 July 2012

18 U-17 Football Players Kicked out of Camp for failing Age test



About eighteen players in the Nigerian U-17 team have been booted out of camp for failing the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test (A test conducted to verify the ages of people) .

The players were screened during the test ordered by FIFA for all countries participating in FIFA age graded football competitions.


The Media Officer of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Demola Olajire,confirmed this on Friday. and according to him, “The NFF conducted MRI tests for the players presented to us by the coaches as U-17. The players failed our MRI test and they are out of the Golden Eaglets team… So, we are looking for new players now, but Nigerians should note that we are not the parents of these players.

Former Flying Eagles coach Tunde Disu in his reaction to this development, has advised current coach Manu Garba and his assistants to go back to schools and search for new players ahead of the African U-17 qualifying stage, which kicks off in September. In the words of Disu, “I don’t see this incident as a disgrace; rather it’s a wake-up call. Nigeria still has time to amend the situation… Let the coaches go to the academies and schools to scout for players who are within the age limit. I think the MRI test introduced by FIFA will force Nigeria and other African countries to go back to the grassroots to pick true U-17 players.
Well sigh, this reminds me of the Taye Taiwo Joke....or was it true??

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