HEAD of the National Under-17 technical team, Paa Kwesi Fabin, has expressed satisfaction at the ongoing nationwide scouting programme aimed at selecting players with the right age to feature for the Black Starlets.
“Yes, we are touring the whole country to give opportunity to every Ghanaian born on or after January 1, 2000 to justify himself for a national team call and be part of the next U-17 side.”
According to him, Ghana needs a national team so he and his back-room staff are touring the whole country to unearth talents who have the requisite playing technique, physique, skill and the zeal to play.
In a chat with the Times Sports at the weekend, coach Fabin stated that so far, the selection team has toured the Upper East and Northern regions, “and from what he witnessed the selection process will be one to look out for.
“There are great soccer talents in these two regions and I must say if things continue like this, we will have a great team for the future.”
He noted that so far, the two regions have shown excitement at being part of the selection process and have promised to support the team all the way.
“We have had to turn away some of the players who came to justify their places because of obvious reasons, while others have been put on hold for the necessary background checks to be done before they are added to the selected players.”
The next stop for the technical team is Upper West regional capital of Wa, from where the team will move to Sunyani, Kumasi, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Ho with the final phase taking place in Accra between January 30-31.
The selected players from the regional tour will assemble in Prampram for yet another justify-your-inclusion exercise after which the selected players will go through the MRI scan to be done by two medical houses independent of each other and the results compared to ensure the right selection is done.
By Raymond Ackumey