Coach Samuel ‘Paa’ Kwesi Fabian who was in charge of Ghana’s U-17 team during their campaign at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in India has outlined his challenges that saw the Starlets losing to Mali at the quarter finals.
“Black Starlets’ preparation for the world cup was inadequate .I also take the blame for the team failure to win the world cup.” Paa Kwesi told the media on his return to Ghana from India.
“I gave Eric Ayiah more playing time than Richard Danso because Ayiah is a workaholic player and Danso complained of heart problem so I did not want to risk him”.
“If I have not been paid for 2 years that doesn’t mean I should exploit the players by taking monies from them,no,I rather help some of them and it will interest you to know that some came to camp with plastic bags,some sleep with their parents in wooden structures but I can’t deny there were advances made towards me. I was attempted to take $5,000.00 bribe in 2015, but it is not my style to take money from players”. The Starlets coach revealed.
He went on to emphasise his readiness to leave his current job if given such directives by the Ghana Football Association.
“It’s not easy coaching the national under 17,I have done my part and so if I am asked to stay aside,I will be very glad. After sending my report,I will advise myself”, Paa Kwesi explained.
“Am ready to take up a club now after contributing my quota to the national team,coaching for over 2 years without salary,should I get any good offer, I will go for it” the former Asante Kotoko and Berekum Arsenal coach outlined.”
“I will tell you that about 15 players in my team will travel abroad to play for other clubs”. He concluded.
Ghana lost to Mali 1-0 in the finals of the African U-17 Championship and also lost to them again at the quarter finals of the U-17 World Cup.