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Caf set to enforce MRS, says Wambura

5th May 2012
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TFF information officer Boniface Wambura

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) says the Confederation of African Football (Caf) is expected to enforce the use of the Magnetic Resonance Scan (MRS) system used to determine age of players starting with under-17 players.

TFF information officer Boniface Wambura has said Caf was yet to release official details.  This is a departure from the past when the MRS age screening was used at the final. Caf wants the process to start during the qualifiers.

He said the national associations are expected to conduct the MRS screening before the preliminary games start and Caf will be sending their experts to verify the results before the qualifiers.

Wambura said Caf had decided to introduce the MRS scan at an early stage after noting that teams could change after they qualify for the final.

The spokesman said in the past some nations would use over aged players in the preliminary rounds and after qualifying the team would change because the MRS is used in the finals. 

The CAF under-17 games get underway in September this year.

"Yes, I have been told of the development. What will happen is that we will conduct the MRS age screening and then Caf will send their officials to verify if the results are indeed true," he said.

He said this is good as it will help to make sure that there is no cheating, adding that this would help the country to have a good youth team capable of playing in the national team for long time.

Some years back, Tanzania national youth team was suspended from participating at all CAF tournaments for featuring an over-aged player, Nurdin Bakari in a game against Zimbabwe.

However, recently the Director of Sports in the Ministry of Information, Youth Sports and Culture Leonard Thadeo said the problem of age cheating in sports has been minimised by 95 percent and asked all stakeholders to make sure that the problem does mot recur.

He asked all sports stakeholders not to entertain cheating of players’ ages as this might terribly back fire to halt the football promotion.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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