Fabin blames 'foreign' scouts for Ghana's slow start to U-17 WC

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The Black Starlets coach has revealed that his charges are not having an excellent tournament because of their quest to attract contracts

Ghana U17 coach Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabin says his players are not living up to the expectations because they want to attract scouts and better professional contracts.

The Black Starlets struggled in their opening two games in the tournament against Columbia and the United States but had an improved performance against hosts India in the final game following a 4-0 thrashing to top Group A.

“It is something that really bothers us. This is because when they see that the scouts are around everybody wants to impress," Fabin told reporters.

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

"It is a big problem for us so we are hoping that the players will understand that it is only when you play well and 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 as we want to achieve our target in this tournament,” he added.

Ghana will face either Niger or Honduras as the best third-placed country from Group C, D or E in the round of 16 on Wednesday.