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Golden Eaglets pass CAF's MRI test in one hour, set for Zambia clash

By Daniel Oriloye - The entrance of the Golden Eaglets players to the Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) test centre at the designated CAF hospital in Algiers was the cynosure of all eyes on Tuesday.

The two-time continental champions arrived to carry out the mandatory test ahead of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON which starts in Algeria this Saturday. 

With the Eaglets looking so young, it was therefore not a surprise when the CAF medical team completed the process of testing the 26 players within one hour.

Confederation of Africa Football, CAF medical team were hugely impressed with the players Nigeria will be parading at the AFCON U-17 tournament that will begin this weekend.

"When MRI test is performed on a team and they are spending much time, it simply shows that the doctors want to be very sure of what they are seeing from the test, which does not indicate good news most occasions," the source said.

"But the case of Nigeria was quite different. The players already caught the attention of the medical team looking very young when they got to the hospital.

"And the whole process of testing the 26 players completed smoothly without hitches. This is a wonderful development for African football," he said.

The team have departed Algiers for Constantine, where they will tackle Zambia, Morocco and South Africa in Group B games.

Eaglets will begin their campaign for glory against Zambia U17 team 5pm Nigerian time on Sunday.

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