The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has directed all member nations to carry out magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests on their players ahead of 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
The MRIs are used to determine the ages of the teenagers, who must be under 17 to train ahead of the qualifiers, to avoid instances of possible age cheating. It’s been used by FIFA since 2003 to ensure players are eligible, by scanning the bones in their wrists.
Nick Mwendwa, president of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) told KweséESPN on Tuesday that CAF has said it is compulsory to carry out the MRI tests.
“Yes, it is true we have all been asked to have the young players undergo the MRI tests. I think it is a good move so that we do away with cries of age cheating,” said Mwendwa.
Ahmed Hussein, the Uganda FA communications manager also confirmed to KweséESPN that his country’s teens will undergo testing ahead of the tournament in Tanzania in August.
“We shall conduct the MRI tests on all the 31 players summoned, starting on July 10 to July 15th,” he said.
“The tests will be conducted to ascertain the true age of players because it is one of the requirements by CAF.”
Hussain added that although doing the MRI tests is an expensive venture, it is worth it to avoid problems in the future.
Both Kenya and Uganda will battle in the regional qualifiers (central East Zone) slated for August 11-26 in Dar es Salaam. The qualifiers will feature Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Djibouti.
Only one team will advance from the qualifiers to join the other teams from other regions for the 2019 AFCON U-17, slated for May 12-26th in Tanzania.
Apart from the hosts, each of the six zones will receive one spot in the final tournament, and the zone of the defending champions will receive an additional spot. Since Mali won the 2017 event, West Africa Zone will receive two spots.
The top three teams at the 2019 tournament will qualify for FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru next year.
Most Watched Videos
Most Read News
- Once upon a time... preserving folk tales in Benin
- South Africa inquiry into top-level state graft opens
- 'Blast fishing' thrives in Libya's chaos
- Cairo looks to curb street sheep slaughter for Eid holiday
- Politics: Two people have died after another strong earthquake ripped through the Indonesian island of Lombok
- Politics: Photos show the destruction from flooding in the Indian state of Kerala, killing at least 350 people
- Politician Attacked By Thugs, Left With Broken Head (Photos)
- PDP Writes Saraki To Declare Akpabio's Seat Vacant
- NUJ Reacts To Demolition Of Yinka Ayefele's Radio House
- 5 Ways To Know If You Are Dehydrated
- PRAYER FOR TODAY
- Lagos To Shut Down Third Mainland Bridge This Week (Details)
- Why Jonathan Was A Better President Than Buhari - Dino Melaye
- University Of Education Winneba To Admit More FREE SHS Beneficiaries In 2020
- Newspaper headlines: Monday, August 20, 2018
- Re: Mahama's boys bought V8, Built Mansions In 4 Years--Bagbin
- Bagbin Claims Mahama Boys Bought V8 And Built Mansions
- Christian Council Is Much Too Vocal For The Good Of Its Established Reputation
- Re-certification Of Customised Number Plates Set To Begin On 1st October
- Free SHS, Double-Track Are Boldest Initiatives Ever
- Ghana Government Likely To Ban Plastic Items
- Passion Air Ready For Domestic Flight Operations
- Police Critical For Successful Implementation Of ECOWAS Brown Card Scheme
- COPEC calls for national dialogue on 'sustained' fuel price increases
- Over a dozen banks yet to meet GHC400m minimum capital
- Passion Air joins domestic aviation industry
- Weekend Wrap: Review of big matches played in Europe over the weekend
- Music: Bulldog rates Iwan as best reggae/dancehall artiste in Ghana
- Sermon: Worship God, not your pastors – Otabil to ICGC members
- Profile: Jorginho, Chelsea's new midfield maestro
- Politics: Shots were reportedly fired at the US embassy in Turkey
- Poor Governance: Mahama’s boys grabbed V8, mansions in 4 years – Alban Bagbin
- Trolls: The look on Man United’s Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward's face during their humiliating defeat to Brighton
- #MourinhoOut: Man United fan starts GoFundMe to raise £12 million for Jose Mourinho sacking
- Nursing Mother, Baby Drown As Lagos Officials Chase Residents
- Security Man Steals N2m From School Account
- Kwankwaso Not Welcome In Kano - Governor Ganduje
- Dancing Senator Adeleke's Certificate Saga: Matters Arising
- Here's The Housegirl Who Killed Her Madam In Edo
- Presidency Replies Saraki
- Outrage Over Demolition Of Yinka Ayefele’s N800m Radio Station
- Saraki Fires Back: Buhari Presidency Lacks Foresight, Too Slow