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Over 400 youths storm Golden Eaglets open screening in Abuja

Over 400 youths storm Golden Eaglets open screening in Abuja

Chief coach of the national U-17 team, Manu Garba was overwhelmed by the presence of over 400 Nigerian youths, who came for the open screening exercise into the next Golden Eaglets, at the FIFA goal project, Abuja National stadium, yesterday.
The screening which began at about 8am saw the technical crew reducing the number of players to about 200 after conducting a physical examination on the players with over 300 players confirmed to be above the age limit.
Speaking to The AUTHORITY after the exercise, coach Garba said that he was delighted with the number of players that turned out for the screening, adding that it is a positive sign for the game in the country.
“You can see that the response to this exercise is very high, this shows the zeal our young people have for the game as these boys came from different parts of the country to participate. I commend them for the spirit.
“However, we have physically examined the players and have asked some that we believe are above the age bracket to leave.
“ These decisions may not be 100% correct, as we did not use the M.R.I. machines for the excercise and we are sorry for some inevitable mistakes in our decisions.
“By God’s grace, the exercise will continue tomorrow, as we aim at pruning down the number of players, and get the best legs that will represent the country at the African U-17 competition,” he concluded.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier invited 40 players to camp, in preparation for the African U-17 Championship, but later decided to throw the screening exercise open to any interested player below the age of 17.

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