Social media attacks affected Ghana goalkeeper Danlad, says Fabin

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The Black Starlets coach says it was unfortunate for his side to exit the competition but believes Ghanaians played a major role

Ghana U-17 coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has revealed that his first-choice goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim was traumatised at the 2017 Fifa U-17 World Cup in India following social media buzz about his age.

The 14-year-old came under attacks after reports on social media alleged that he was in his early twenties, since he completed Odumaseman Senior High School based in Brong Ahafo regional capital Sunyani in 2015.

Ghana lost 2-1 to Mali in the quarterfinals with the youngster committing a howler.

"The calls by Ghanaians that my goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim was more than 14 years really affected him especially ahead of our game against Mali," Paa Kwesi Fabin told Nhyira FM.

"So I had to psyche him up [at a point] and I believe that's why he conceded that 'terrible' second goal against Mali,"

"Such stories were not good for the boy and I think we should put a stop to it. These boys are easily destroyed by negative comments. However, I will tell you that about 15 players in my team will travel to abroad to play for other clubs after impressing foreign scouts."

The former Heart of Lions manager also rejected suggestions that he did not select his final squad for the tournament on merit.

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"If I have not been paid for the past two years doesn't mean I should exploit the players by taking monies from them or their agents. I rather help some of them and it will interest you to know that some of these players came to camp with plastic bags.

"Some of them are even sleeping with their parents in wooden structures but I can't deny there were advances made towards me. I rejected them because that's not my style," he said.

 

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