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CAF ready to showcase success of MRI to rest of world
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is ready to proudly showcase to the rest of the world the success of the MRI test programme following the successful use of the technology for the 9th edition of the CAF African U17 championship Rwanda 2011.
CAF Medicine Doctor Yacine Zerguini says CAF and Africa stand proud of hosting a tournament where the question of age of any player would never come into question.
Dr Zerguini told cafonine.com in separate interviews that the use of MRI had not only ensured that every player and team competed on an equal footing but opened an excellent opportunity for new players to emerge and the rest of the football world to follow.
“It’s an excellent programme and we’re all proud of it as CAF and of course CAF’s medical team and all federations who worked very hard and closely with all of us” added Dr Zerguini who is now positioned to proudly share in this landmark of football development with the rest of the world.
“Next it is publish and share our experience with the rest of the confederations of FIFA. We plan to do that during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Medical Conference where we’re invited as CAF and Africa to share in the success of the MRI programme.”
The AFC Medical Conference will take place in Kualua Lumpur, Malaysia in March this year.
“We will tell the whole world what we in Africa are doing. And that is working at the highest level of medicine and technology and that its time for other confederations to follow suit so that we can have an U17 World Cup which is clean and successful as we’ve had in Rwanda with the CAF U17,” Dr Zerguini said as he commended CAF President Issa Hayatou, the Executive Committee and medical committee for the confidence in their work and sanction of programmes and projects such as the MRI tests for all players. He also commended all national federations for the cooperation and confidence in the work of the medical team.
In the framework of the 9th African U17 Championship, CAF confirmed that all players taking part in the final tournament were submitted to the program for age determination by MRI initiated by the continental soccer governing body.
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