CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
THE Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has directed its members, including the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), to conduct
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests ahead of the Under-17 Championship kicking off on Friday in Mauritius.
FAZ communications manager Desmond Katongo said in an interview yesterday that under-17 players are undergoing MRI tests at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka.
“We received correspondence from COSAFA, who are urging all member associations participating at the tournament [COSAFA Under-17 Championship] to ensure that all the players undergo the MRI tests. We have since intensified the process,” Katongo said.
The MRI test started on Friday and was expected to be concluded yesterday.
Katongo said FAZ is working round the clock to ensure only players below the age of 17 are entered for the competition.
The junior Chipolopolo were disqualified from last year’s event in Mauritius after striker Nicholas Mulilo and defender Benjamin Phiri were found to be overage.
Meanwhile, under-17 national team coach Mumamba Numba has selected 20 players for the July 21-31 tournament.
“The final team has already been picked but they are scared of making it public before the MRI tests are concluded. Once everything is done, the list will be availed but other documents such as passports are all ready,” an official who sought anonymity said.
Zambia are drawn in Group B alongside Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.
Defending champions Namibia have withdrawn from the tournament due to financial challenges.