One of the most controversial things in football is how to determine the ages of professional football players especially in Africa. Most people have the notion that most African footballers lie about their age for reasons best known to them. Players can always produce or provide their birth certificates as evidence to prove that their age is not higher than what they have provided in their files.
While trying to determine footballers real age in 2009, the Federation of International Football Associations made it mandatory that all footballers should be tested using magnetic resonance imaging known as MRI. It was used to ascertain the true age of footballers who were below 17 years of age.
However, it has been proven that the Magnetic Resonance Imaging is not valid for footballers whose ages have exceeded 17 years. It is believed that MRI is 99% accurate only for footballers who were below or exactly 17 years old. This means that it is very difficult to determine the real age of footballers who are more than 17 years.
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