Nigeria’s under-17 men’s football team, the Golden Eaglets, are set to begin the mandatory Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test on Monday.
World football’s governing body, Fifa, introduced the MRI scan for the junior cadet teams preparing for international matches in 2009, so as to ascertain eligible players feature in various teams.
A total of 40 Golden Eaglets players will reportedly undergo the scan tests and if successful will be registered for the qualifying tournament for the African U-17 championship.
The players will also undergo a comprehensive medical test, Pre-competition Medical Assessment (PCMA), for the first time.
The Eaglets will face winners of the match between DR Congo and Burundi in July for the qualifiers for the tournament which comes up in Niger early next year.
Many over-aged players were disqualified from the U-17 camp last year, but the then coach Manu Garba-led squad went on to lift the 2013 World Cup in the UAE.