Coach Fabin backs rules on age-cheating

BY: Kweku Zurek

Coach of the Black Starlets, Paa Kwasi Fabin, is upbeat about the chances of his side to win the 2015 African U-17 Championships if the Confederation of African Football (CAF) enforces the rules on age-cheating.

Fabin was speaking to the Graphic Sports at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence (GSCE), Prampram, where the Starlets were in the thick of preparations ahead of the qualifiers for the 2015 African U-17 Championships to be held in Niger.

“I keep  saying that, if CAF will be strict as they have pledged  on age-cheating, no team can stand my boys.

“I don’t know what happened at the last edition of the African Championships in Morocco and we don’t want to talk about it, it’s past and gone”, he added.

CAF's medical team will conduct mandatory age-tests during the qualifying stages of the 2015 championship which will determine the bone density of wrists of players to ascertain the veracity of players’ ages .

Fabin’s previous Starlets team crashed out of Morocco 2013 on the back of a humiliating 6-1 loss to rivals, Nigeria at the group stages.

However, Fabin believes no team will be able to stand the might of his current side, especially after they returned victorious last month from a four-nation tournament in Namibia.

Fabin also revealed that all 24 players currently in camp had passed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) age screening test.

“In selecting the players, we sent word round for players born in 1998 or later to report to camp, and after screening 650 players we arrived at 24 talented players.

“They are the best we have in the country, they have all passed the MRI test and are responding to training. I’m very happy with their level of understanding of whatever they are taught”. The starlets coach explained.

Coach Fabin stressed that the international exposure gained from winning the four-nation tournament that featured teams such as hosts, Namibia, Germany and South Africa placed the team in good stead to qualify for the African Championship.