THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) will carry out magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests on the national Under-17 team, Serengeti Boys, players ahead of 2019 Under-17 Africa Youth Championship (AYC) finals in Dar es Salaam.
CAF has directed all member nations to carry out MRI tests on their players ahead of 2019 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
TFF Media and Communication Officer, Clifford Ndimbo said yesterday that they have received an order from CAF to conduct the exercise.
“We will implement this order soon…no doubt that all of our team member are Under-16 but we will do it to fulfill the procedure as required by CAF,” Ndimbo said.
He said the federation will consult Serengeti Boys’ team doctor and the technical bench who will decide when the exercise will be conducted. 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. According to KweséESPN, president of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nick Mwendwa said that they will carry out the MRI tests because it is compulsory.
“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.
The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Communications Manager, Ahmed Hussein, also confirmed that his country’s teens will undergo testing ahead of the tournament in Tanzania this August.