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Uganda Cubs To Undergo MRI Tests Ahead of U-17 Afcon

According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) any player who fails the test at this stage is not replaced. The MRI test helps to determine the age bracket a player falls in.
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The Uganda Cubs team will undergo the mandatory Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests this morning in Dar es Salaam ahead of the start of the U-17 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

On Wednesday the Cameroon and Morocco teams were the first teams to undergo the tests at the Muhimbili National Hospital. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) any player who fails the test at this stage is not replaced. The MRI test helps to determine the age bracket a player falls in.

The technical team of the Uganda Cubs team led by new coach from Ghana Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin will keep their fingers crossed during the tests so that they do not have any player affected.  

Last month the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) carried out MRI tests on the players after returning from the Invitational tournament in Turkey and two key players Ibrahim Ekellot (KCC FC) and John Rogers (Onduparaka) failed the test.

The U-17 Afcon will take place April 14-28th with eight teams featuring and matches taking place at the National Stadium and the Chamazi Complex, home of Azam FC. Coach Kwesi Fabin said his boys have prepared well and the first task will be to qualify for the U-17 FIFA World Cup. "The boys know they must fight because no team is easy in the tournament," added the coach.

The Uganda Cubs who have been camping in Nairobi, Kenya for 10-days before traveling to Tanzania on Wednesday morning will open their campaign against Angola on Sunday evening. The hosts Tanzania will battle Nigeria in the opening match at the National Stadium. The four best two teams in the two groups will automatically qualify for the U-17 FIFA World Cup to take place in Brazil.

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