MALIK JABIR

Ghana U-23 team is a bygone team – Malik Jabir

MALIK JABIR

MALIK JABIR

Former head coach of national Under-23 team, Malik Jabir has lament the Black Meteors is a forgotten team because the FA is not helping to gain it recognition thus making people oblivion of the team.

The Under-23 National team failed to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic Games, after crushing out on penalties with Congo following a 1-1 goal aggregate.

The renowned football director managed to qualify the team for All African Games in Congo in 2015.

Speaking to Kumasi based Ultimate FM, Malik said, “I had seven foreign-based players who were supposed to join the local ones but they [Ministry and FA] said there was no money, so at a later stage, I was told to pick an entirely local players.

“The on-going league at the time also coincided with our preparations. Players were shuffling between club and national duties – so there was fatigue on their part.

“On two occasions in Tamale, when we were supposed to play against our opponents, we were ejected from our hotel every Saturday and had to wait at the reception.

He continued, “We wait till phone calls are made before we are allowed back in. Then again, the next Saturday we are thrown out for non-payment of bills.

“Though we won our two matches but you can imagine the form it took.

“When in Tamale, it was difficult for teams to come for their players but when we returned to Accra, our camp was just like a market place.

“On TV and radio it was never discussed and made public for people to know. It was there and then I realized the national Under-23 is a forgotten team,” Jabir bemoaned.

Jabir featured for Asante Kotoko between 1964 and 1977 and was a member of the team that won the CAF African Cup with Kumasi Asante Kotoko in 1970.

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