Manu Says MRI Will Determine Shape Of Eaglets’ Squad


Cadet national team, Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba has acknowledged that he will get down to real business of building a formidable squad for the African U-17 Nations Cup only after the players go through Magnetic Resonant Imagery (MRI) scans.

Considering that it is MRI tests that are used to determine eligibility of players for the cadet competition, and subsequent possibility of playing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Manu said the shape of his squad will depend largely on the scans.

With that in mind, Manu insists he cannot say anything yet about the possibility of him building a team that would equal the title-winning squad he took to United Arab Emirates in 2013.

That squad contained the like of Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success, Francis Odinaka Uzoho and Taiwo Awoniyi but, while admitting he would love to repeat the feat with the new team, Manu stressed that it is only after the MRI results that he would get a structure.

Manu expatiated: “We hope to get about 30 to 40 players cleared from the MRI scans, and then we will start the real task of team building. For now, I cannot say anything about if this team will be like the team we took to Dubai and returned with the World Cup.”


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