Another scandal erupts in Cameroon football as 21out of 30 players were ordered to leave the Under 17 camp after failing MRI age test.
According to the Cameroon Football Federation (Fécafoot), this action is the result of “strict instructions given by the president” in order “to put an end to the fiddling on the civil status (of players) that have, in the past, tarnished the image of the umbrella body of Cameroonian soccer.
The tests are used to determine a player’s age by scanning their wrists and measuring bone growth.
The Federation also revealed that measures have also been taken to replace the 21 players with capable players of the right age.
A Cameroon statement read: ‘The Cameroonian Football Federation informs public opinion that as part of the preparations for the UNIFFAC Limbe 2023 tournament, qualifying for the next African U17 Nations Championship, 21 players out of the 30 currently on training have failed at the outcome of the MRI tests.
‘They were immediately removed from the group. Steps were immediately taken for their replacement.
‘This action is the result of strict instructions given by the President of FECAFOOT acting under the mandate of the COMEX, in order to put an end to the tampering with civil status records which have, in the past, tarnished the image of the apex body of the Cameroon football. FECAFOOT urges all actors, in particular educators, to ensure that the ages by category are respected.’
The federation has recently come under serious criticisms for withholding the list of pre selected players for both the U 20 and U 17 national teams. Same reproach has been made concerning the list of players in camp for the CHAN 2023 competition in Algeria. Till date no official list of selected players has been made public for the final preparatory camp currently holding in Yaounde.