Cadet national team, Golden Eaglets’ assistant coach, Ndukla Ugbade has admitted that he and other members of the squad’s coaching crew are worried over the ill-effects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, as they could end up losing some of their best players after failed tests.
Speaking of his projections for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, Ugbade said the issue of discovering and raising talents for the Eaglets is not any problem for him and the other coaches, but pointed out that they would have to start all over again if such players fail to scale the hurdle during the mandatory MRI Scans.
The former defender, who was captain of the pioneering Eaglets’ squad that won the maiden Cadet Mundial of 1985 in China, added during a radio sports programme monitored in Lagos that the under-17 squad’s crew have done the best they can ion picking the right set of players.
He pointed out that they had to resort to another open screening and other testing programmes to put more players on standby, in case those in the present crop fail to pass the MRI tests, as it happened before the zonal and continental championships.
Ugbade stated: “It’s not about the talents we have in camp, but if they will be qualified to play for us.This is so, because the MRI Scans determine many things. We can only try and do what we can, but MRI determines the final list.
“We are trying to build a good team, we will still our best to develop the right players to make Nigeria proud, and we hope that we will get it right.”