Nigeria’s preparations for the Africa U-17 tournament to be hosted in Benin Republic has hit the rocks after 40 out of 60 players called to national camp ahead of the qualifiers in January couldn’t escape the justice of the MRI age test provided by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The inability of most Golden Eaglets first team players to pass the test has put shocks through the heart of the technical team led by coach Fatai Amoo who has just three weeks to re-gather another squad for the flagship competition in January.
The need for the test was necessitated by the new rule from CAF which states” once a player or two is disqualified in a team, the entire squad is knocked out of the competition.” which the NFF is proactive to curb considering the circumstances that have surrounded Nigeria’s youth teams in the past.
The Golden Eaglets have been drawn in group B alongside arch rivals Ghana and Cote D’ivore for the U-17 qualifiers. The two finalist will make to the AFCON U-17 finals.
Credit: Kwawu Victor