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29 U-17 Nigerian Soccer Players Fail MRI Age Test

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A total of 29 players in Nigeria’s team preparing for this year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup are reported to have failed the MRI bone scan test, according to a report in national sports daily Sporting Life.
The paper reports that a letter from Fifa to the NFF over the weekend stated that: “13 out of the 36-boy squad failed the test on level 6, while 16 others failed the tests on levels 4 and 5.” This means that only 7 out of the 36-strong squad are eligible for the tournament.

According to the paper, Sports Minister Sani Ndanusa, whose ministry was reportedly copied in the communication, has directed that all 29 players be immediately axed from the squad.

A meeting of NSC doctors and the NFF Technical Committee has been scheduled for Tuesday to schedule another round of testing for a fresh batch of players.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body.

It evaluates age (in this instance, of football players) from the degree of fusion of the distal radius (in the wrist) and compares these findings with those of normal population of similar age.

Source: KickOff.com


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  • christine August 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    LOL…This is unfortunate..Naija ppl always trying to beat the system! It didn't work this time. Just cos u look young doesn't mean ur young my friends!….lmao maybe next time they shld do the MRI test BEFORE they put the players on the team…geez!

  • hot stuff August 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Lol…Lol.

    Everyday for the thief, one day for the owner of the house!

  • NaijaPsycho August 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    hey…'they' have performance enhancement drugs we use birth certificate…..same difference!…we will find a way through:)

  • Beredugu August 25, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    OMO REGE O!

    Maybe this would give room to the young and deserving talent in the country. I Pray so…

  • Lordvon August 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    It evaluates age (in this instance, of football players) from the degree of fusion of the distal radius (in the wrist) and compares these findings with those of normal population of similar age.

    This is a worrying statement, these tests appear to make assumptions. These might not stand up to examination. Normal population where. Nigeria is a country with people whoom genetically are different.

    Would a Fulani man, a yoruba man and an igbo man have the same structure. Care must be taken in these case.

    I do not believe that percentage of the squad are over age just like I do not believe all American and British athletes of the 50's were on drugs.

    What do the different gradings mean?

  • Deeone August 26, 2009 at 2:41 am

    It's not funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Meyonce August 27, 2009 at 3:51 am

    lmao..lmao..oh my gush..this is hillarious………………chai…wetin man go do?

  • footballplayer from September 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    they have to start looking for players in europe!!! there are a lot of players that comes for nigeria!!!

    !

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