Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba has declared that there would be no automatic shirt for any oversea player who wishes to join the team ahead of their qualifier later in the year.
The coach who disclosed this in an interview at the ongoing screening for the Under 17 players expressed hope in the caliber of the players who have turned out so far for the exercise.
The 2013 Under 17 World Cup winning added that he was looking for 60 players who which will be pruned down to his expected number after they had undergone Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test to ascertain their through age.
“We usually have more than 200 players in a day. But the joy is that we have been seeing a lot of enterprising young players who I believe that after they have undergone proper training, will make Nigeria proud.
“We need not less than 60 players from the screening who will undergo the MRI. It is the MRI that will determine the best players we will select from the 60 we are targeting.
“Right now, we have more than the 60 we are looking for presently but a lot of the players are still coming and even those ones that are here need to continuously train and be consistent with their performances. Don’t forget that we have under 15 players we have penciled down already who will join the team after the screening. So by the time we put the players together after the screening, I believe we are going to produce a very good team for Nigeria.
“The foreign-based players are welcome as far as they are within the age bracket; the screening is open for them. They should come and fight for their shirt. There will be no automatic shirt until they prove that they are better than the home-based players,” the former Under 20 coach said.
The screening exercise which started last week at the Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja, will end on Saturday with the coach expected to release his official list for camping.
The ongoing screening exercise is part of the Golden Eaglets’ preparations towards qualification for the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations to be hosted by Madagascar.
The Eaglets failed to qualify for 2017 U17 World Cup where they would have defended the crown they won in 2015.
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