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U-17 World Cup Starlets coach cries over distractions from scouts

“Everyone wants to score in order to be recognized; It is a big problem” – Paa Kwesi Fabin.

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Coach of the Black Starlets Paa Kwesi Fabin is unhappy with the presence of scouts around his squad, saying it is beginning to distract his players.

Ghana’s current Under-17 team is rated as one of the most talented in years, having shown glimpses a side capable of taking on the world.

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However, the Black Starlets are yet to really glitter, despite qualifying to the round of 16 of the ongoing U-17 World Cup in India.

The team recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Colombia in their opening Group A game, before losing by the same score line to USA – requiring a 4-0 win over the hosts to secure qualification.

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Coach of the side, Paa Kwesi Fabin, admits the team is not playing as he would have wanted, and he believes that stems from the distractions from scouts and agents targeting his charges.

According to him, the will to over impress scouts has led to his players seeking self-glory instead of fighting for the collective.

“It [the below-par performances of the Starlets]  is something that really bothers us, because when they see that the scouts are around everybody wants to impress,” Fabin is quoted as saying by Ghanaweb.com.

“Sometimes, when a player has the ball and somebody else is in a better position to score, they don’t pass to the one in a better position because everyone wants to score in order to be recognized.

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“It is a big problem for us so we are hoping that the players will understand that it is only when you play well together that the agents or scouts will come and look for you and not when you are selfish or trying to do everything by yourself. That will not help anyone.”

Ghana is currently awaiting their opponents for the round of 16 stage, after topping group A on difference.

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