It was a huge disappointment for FIFA Under-17 World Cup winning coach, Manu Garba when some members of his Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, including the captain of the side failed MRI scan.
The Eaglets presently have only 15 outfield players and three goalkeepers eligible for the qualifiers following the failure of some of the players to pass the MRI test in Niger.
The Eaglets would have to produce 10 other players for the MRI scan before they picked a final 20-man squad for the qualifiers.
Coach Manu Garba had insisted his team had passed the MRI in flying colours in Abuja after it was reported that as many of 15 of 40 players failed the test before now; but with what transpired in Niger Republic, it is obvious that the coach was only deceiving himself by the declaration that none of them failed the MRI Scan.
Benin Republic are already on their way back home after they were disqualified from the Under-17 AFCON competition as 10 of their players failed the age test.
Cote d’Vioire are the other team in Group B following the disqualification of Benin.
Their opening campaign took place on Monday afternoon against Burkina Faso.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Sanusi, General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sunday expressed confidence in the ability of the Golden Eaglets to beat Burkina Faso.
The U-17 West African Football Union (WAFU) B qualifiers gets underway in Niger Republic on Monday.
He said they were well prepared to rekindle the glory of Nigeria in the U-17 category of global football.
“We should be prayerful because tactically our boys are good to go; therefore, what we need now is just God’s intervention,” the federation scribe said.
Nigeria’s U-17 team would contend with two opponents in their group because of the disqualification of Benin Republic.
Ten out of 20 Benin Republic players failed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test, leading to their disqualification.
However, Nigeria is left with Cote d’ Ivoire and Burkina Faso in the Group.