Ayiah denies masterminding players’ exclusion prior to U-17 WC

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The youngster has insisted that he never advised the coaches to drop some members of the team prior to the U-17 World Cup

Ghana U-17 captain Eric Ayiah has rejected suggestions that he was part of those who influenced the decision of head coach Paa Kwesi Fabin to drop some players prior to the 2017 Fifa U-17 World Cup which took place in India last month.

The 17-year-old of Cheetah FC has come under criticisms after a section of the aggrieved players who were not included in the final list accused him of masterminding their snub.

"Our team manager got an accident along the line, so I was the one the technical team passed information through to the players," Ayiah was quoted as saying by Ghanaweb.com.

"Every week, some of the players were asked to go home for others to come and join as the coach was still doing assessment. The coach called me one day and gave me a list to inform those players on the list to go home and I did exactly what I was expected to do."

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He added: "So it's never true that I asked any player to go home neither did I influence who must stay. I was shocked to hear that I was the one who was sacking players from camp. How can I sack a player from national team camp when I was not even assured a place despite being the captain?"

Ghana reached the quarterfinals of the competition after topping Group A but we're eliminated by Mali, who finished fourth.


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