Under-17 AFCON: 12 Golden Eaglets Fail MRI Test
The dreams of twelve promising footballers to represent Nigeria at the upcoming 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations qualifiers have been cut short after they failed the compulsory Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests.
It should be noted that the Nigerian Federation did not want to take a risk and include the affected players on the roster for the West B Zone qualifiers that will hold in Republic of the Niger as they won’t be eligible for the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations and next year’s Fifa U17 World Cup.
Of the forty players that took part in the MRI test to ascertain their eligibility for the U17 AFCON, 28 players were successful and the players with 5A and 5B have been decamped.
The Golden Eaglets coaching staff had recommended that sixty players should undergo the MRI examination but the Nigerian Federation approved for only forty due to the paucity of funds.
In another development, the Confederation of African Athletics has selected 77 athletes to represent the continent at the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup.
The 21st African Senior Championships in Asaba from August 1 to 5 was used to select the squad consisting of 20 athletes from South Africa, 16 from Nigeria, nine from Kenya, six from Morocco, with Egypt and Ethiopia have four each.
Other athletes were picked from Botswana, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Burundi, Swaziland, Uganda and Djibouti.
The Nigerians are Glory Nathaniel (400m hurdles, 4x400m), Temilola Ogunrinde (hammer), Tobi Amusan (100m, 4x100m), Grace Anigbata (triple jump) and Kelechi Nwanaga (Javelin).