Renowned Ghanaian player scout and coach, Ebenezer Sefah has attributed the premature fade out of African players to age cheating.
In an interview with the host of Salt Fire Sports , Dennis Asamoah on Salt 95.9 FM, the opinionated player scout critically condemned the so called “football age” of footballers on the continent.
” Premature player fade out is down to age cheating”
” Our system is not like the Europeans, it is so easily to have two birth cert here “
” In Europe, as soon as a child is born, everything including the Age of the child will be put on paper and can never be changed”
” Most of our players have two birth cert, for the idea of being eligible to play for any of the national teams”
“The south Americans also do age cheating but they have a good monitoring system”
“If we select our national team players based on transition, this age cheating wouldn’t happen”
” A player would be called into the U17 national team but after the tournament, all the players will not be monitored”
” Michael Essien and the likes of Sulley Mantari passed through some transition and that is why they played for soo long”
A typical example is Dominic Adiyiah who won the golden boot and best player award in the Egypt 2009 U20 world cup.
The likes of Clifford Aboagye , Ransford Osei ,Abeiku Quansah, Saddick Adams among others were tipped to have successful football careers but never did.
Coach Eben finally advised the technical heads of our various national teams to take a critical look at player transition to enable our players last long in the football scene.
Source: Michael Osei | Salt Fire Sports