Head coach of Nigeria’s male U-17 team, Golden Eaglets, Manu Garba has selected 60 players from a one-month screening exercise for Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI) scan.
Manu Garba and his coaching crew have been screening players for the better of the last one month.
The screening exercise led to the selection of 60 players for the dreaded MRI scan.
However, reports from the team’s Abuja camp via megasportarena claim that Manu Garba is not certain all the players will scale through the MRI scan.
This prompted his decision to pick a large number for the scan thus preventing a reoccurrence of what happened the last time when few players from his squad were selected, but several first teamers failed to scale through the scan.
Eight out of the first XI players failed the scan and that led to Manu Garba relying on several players outside their pool thereby playing a big role towards Golden Eaglets’ inability to scale through the 2017 African U-17 Nations Cup qualifiers against neighbours Niger Republic.
Manu Garba and his wards have already started playing friendly games in Abuja as they step up preparations for the 2019 African U-17 Nations Cup qualifiers.
This time, the qualifiers will be played based on regional format rather than the usual continental format.
Nigeria will campaign in the West African region for the right to book a spot in Tanzania 2019, which will serve as qualifying determinant for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.
The team will contest for a spot in Tanzania via West Africa Zone B alongside Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger Republic and Togo.