By Fidelis Ebu & John Egbokhan,Abuja
The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), has backed NigeriaÂ hosting of Under-17 World Cup, which kicks off today, with two matches each in Abuja and Lagos.
While explaining the reliability on the MRI, Valcke said it would help to reduce age cheat amongst the teams participating in the age grade championship.
â€œYes the MRI scan will still happen. The first test will be held today (yesterday) which makes sense. Itâ€™s of no effect if doping control is done four weeks to the tournament.Â Yes there will be MRI test not just in Abuja but also in all the hosting states to ensure that we have the right age of the players to make sure we have players who are 17 and not 20â€, Jerome Valcke said.
He emphasised that the result would be made known to the public, adding that, â€œthere is no reason why it should not be transparent. The test is to ensure the players are within the age bracket approved by FIFA to play in the championship. â€œSo, the result will be made available. So you will know by this evening if Nigeria team still has eleven players to participate in the championship or not. â€œAny player that fails the MRI test will be disqualified automatically, and that is enough sanction for the teamâ€, Valcke told newsmen yesterday.
The FFA scribe in a world press conference to herald the cadet championshipÂ called for total support from Nigerian fans for a successful hosting of the tournament and added that its success was not for Nigeria alone, but for the African continent and FIFA.
Cheery news also came fromÂ chairmen of the six area councils that make up the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja whoÂ last Thursday pledged to mobilize their residents to the National Stadium Complex to cheer the national U-17 team, Golden Eaglets as they begin their FIFA U-20 World Cup defence today.
Chairman of the Chairmen, Mr Joseph Zephaniah, told the Chairman of Abuja Subâ€“seat, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi that they have resolved to do this in order to ensure maximum support for the Nigerian youngsters when they take the pitch against Germany at 7pm on Saturday.