40 of the 60 players who were being considered for the tournament have failed the compulsory MRI age test. According to reports, The coaching crew led by Fatai Amoo have seen their efforts go down the drain. The team has no other choice but to recruit new set of players for the competition.
With barely 3 weeks to the tournament proper which commences in January 5 next year, players who failed the test have to vacate the Abuja hotel where they were camped.
If you do the maths, 20 players passed the mandatory tests. And out of these players only five of them are in the main team with only two in Amoo’s preferred starting lineup.
This is a big blow to the coaching crew and the team in general. However, this is not the first time the Eaglets have suffered such setback.
Players, parents and agents who are desperate to see their wards get into the national team at this level have resorted to age-cheating, one of the reason why Nigeria doesn't have a credible age database of their junior team players.
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