Lukman Zakari was part of Nigeria's Eaglets who won a fifth U17 World Cup in Chile in November 2015.
Sunday Jul 31, 2016. 04:00
AfricanFootball.com can exclusively reveal that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have moved to independently supervise the MRI scans for the various U17 teams including that of five-time world champions Nigeria in a new offensive against age cheats.
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A top Egyptian doctor arrived the country early last week to ensure the Golden Eaglets MRI scan was not manipulated.
“This is the first time that a doctor from an independent country will be sent by CAF to supervise the MRI scan. It is expected to further rid the U17s of age cheats,” a source informed only AfricanFootball.com
“A doctor from Nigeria was also in Cameroon to do the same thing all in an effort to ensure only eligible players feature in the U17 AFCON, whose qualifiers begin in August.”
The Golden Eaglets now under coach Manu Garba have therefore had to repeat the MRI scan under the Egyptian doctor this past week after they first did the scan without such independent supervision.
A total of 60 players underwent this examination and the successful ones among them will be the ones who will be registered for the U17 AFCON qualifiers.
Nigeria begin their qualifying campaign against next-door Niger on August 5 with the return leg a fortnight later.