By Fidelis Ebu
ABUJA – NFF Technical Committee chairman, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, yesterday, threw his weight behind the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, to ascertain the real age of players in the national Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets.

Chief Ogunjobi, who also is a member of the Executive Committee of the NFF dismissed the decision to invite the parents of the players to testify on the players age saying, “Nigeria has outgrown that archaic system.


Three days  after NFF President, Sani Lulu said the federation would reject MRI scan, James Peters, assistant secretary-general of the federation made similar statement, saying that since hospitals in Nigeria rarely keep records it was better to rely on the parents of the players to ascertain their ages. Ogunjobi has said that Peters was not capable of speaking for the Executive Committee of the Federation.

“That decision to involve the players’ parents to ascertain the true ages of the players is not acceptable and not the decision of the Executive Committee of the NFF. It’s an individual that made that remark and he is not representing the general position of NFF and not capable of representing the football authority in this country”, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi said.

Ogunjobi, who is  also the chairman of the Abuja sub-seat for next month’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup emphasised that the NFF would strictly adhere to Fifa standard in any issue concerning football.

Meanwhile, Pa John Ojidoh, a former ace sports administrator and now a veteran sports commentator says Lulu’s rejection of the MRI scan “was a display of pathological ignorance and a big shame to Nigeria.”

Ojidoh, a former chairman of the football association in the former Bendel State, reacted from his base in Delta.
“If Lulu dares Fifa, he will pay the bitter price. He should apologise to the nation for making such statement that has ridiculed the entire country. I think that he needs technical and psychological counseling,” Ojidoh said.


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