Ghana’s U17 head coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has made a serious allegation against Ghana’s 1991 World Cup squad insisting the Black Starlets used overage players to win the tournament in Japan.
Age cheating has been a major challenge to many football nations in Africa and the current head coach of the Black Starlets claims Ghana cheated in 1991.
The Black Starlets were disqualified for fielding an overaged player in the 2015 African Championship qualifier against Cameroon in 2014 when Samuel Twum failed the MRI test.
Many soccer pundits have attributed Ghana’s failure to win the tournament after the 1991 expedition to the introduction of the MRI scan which has made it extremely difficult for countries to cheat.
Coach Fabin, however, insists it would be wrong to compare the current generation of Starlets players to the older generation, which were more successful, because they were full of age cheats.
“Sometimes people make comparisons, but in 1991 we won this Cup and so on but those days are quite different because those days anybody is paraded as an Under-17 player and they go and play and win,” Coach Fabin told Starr Sports.
“Well, I wouldn’t say we cheated but it’s obvious that some of them were well over 17. Because, the other time I think I heard Yaw Preko on air saying that they were asked to change their ages and things like that. I heard him on air, not me,” he added.
Coach Fabin and his technical team are currently at Prampram preparing the current squad for the qualifiers in June.