Cadet national team, Golden Eaglets’ coach, Manu Garba has downplayed widespread reports about apprehension and worries rocking his thoughts about the eligibility of the players he will select for this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, as he says the coaching crew will get their choices right and scale the dreaded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans once again.
Manu recounted that all the 21 players they selected for the African U-17 Cup of Nations earlier this year passed the MRI tests, which he believes they are again capable of doing in arriving at their final squad for next month’s outing at Brazil 2019.
The UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning coach added that he and his assistants in the Eaglets’ technical crew have used the experience they gained from previous competitions to map out the best approach to selecting only players that will be qualified for the competition.
He acknowledged that more tests will still be carried out on the players when they get to Brazil, venue of this year’s Cadet Mundial, but reckoned that Nigeria should not have any problem of rejected players, once they do a thorough job at home before going to The Samba Nation.
Garba’s team are bound to get adequate preparations for the competition, as they will seal their preparations for the World Cup with a final training camp in Sao Paulo, the most populous city in Brazil, from where they will head to Goiania to take on Hungary on October 26 in their first group match, before facing Ecuador and Australia.
Before all that, the five-time world champions, who have been training in Abuja since last month, will fly out to Turkey on September 19 for an invitational that will run till September 28, ahead of which Manu, whose team finished fourth at this year’s U17 AFCON in Tanzania, said he is optimistic that everything will go according to plan for the squad.
Manu said: “I am optimistic that we will not have any problem with MRI in this team, because we already know what to do and we passed the same process during the African qualifiers in Tanzania.
“In fact, all the 21 players we took to Tanzania passed the MRI tests there; unlike Cameroon, Guinea and some other countries, whose players were dropped because of the MRI scans at the venue.
“The same will be done when we get to Brazil. That is why they told us to send a provisional ist of 50 players for every team, and I am sure we will get the required 23 players we need.”