Overage Nigerian footballers have been sidelined by the the MRI machine towards the U17 AFCON qualifier.
There were tears and gnashing of teeth recently at the Nigeria's U17 camp following the exit of 26 players out of 60 after the failure of the mandatory, Magnetic Resonance Imaging screening popularly known as MRI.
The will cause a huge depletion to Nigeria's squad for Saturday's U17 AFCON qualifier at home against Niger, according to the Vanguard.
A top official said that what is disturbing is not only the high number of those who failed the age test, but the quality of those who will not be eligible as the Eaglets starting XI have been completely wiped out with only two surviving players.
“It is a disaster,” exclaimed one devastated official.
“Virtually the first team the coaches have been working on have been disqualified. It’s a serious problem.” We have exclusively gathered that top NFF officials have now gone into panic mode with blames being traded over“this mass failure”.
Several of the players were in tears and total shock when the final results came through this morning. The affected players have since quit the team’s training camp in Abuja for their various bases.
Among those who flung the age test was a star striker, who came through the national U15 team and has been outstanding in training leading up to Saturday’s AFCON qualifier.