AFCON U17: Kwasi acknowledges the tournament for sporting talents

By Football256 Team

Despite being knocked out of the 2019 Total Africa U-17 Cup of Nations last week, the Cubs’ head coach Samuel ‘Paa’ Kwasi Fabin have recognized the ongoing tournament for sporting super talented players. Which he believes will go ahead and develop into big name stars on the continent of Africa.

The Cubs missed out on the opportunity of playing at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup after finishing third in group A with only four points, they needed at least six to make it to Brazil.

“A number of talents have emerged, I can single out Akinkunmi Amoo from Nigeria, Zito Luvumbo from Angola and Gavin Kizito from my team. The challenge ahead is that we need to monitor them and help them thrive to a higher level. We need to develop them,” Kwasi told www.cafonline.com.

“The tournament is very positive, it helps a lot in grooming new talents every time. The introduction of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was a perfect idea, now youngsters of the same age play together.”

“It gives these young players a platform to showcase their talents and compete at the top level with their compatriots from other countries,” he added.

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Garvin Kizito (R) leads the Cubs warm-up before their opening game at the U17 Africa Nations Cup against Angola / FUFA Image

The Ghanaian also noted that his first priority as a coach is to develop Ugandan players into true professionals and make Uganda the best in producing football talents.

“My ambition is to develop these players, at this level winning trophies is not the priority however sometimes there are pressures from external sources and diverts the real objectives, at this level we need to groom talents and develop them.”

“I want to improve the system of scouting talents in Uganda, I want us to get the best talents and put them together, to monitor and develop them. I am ready to give my best to Uganda and I believe it will work out,” he added.

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The Cub pose for a team photo before their 3-0 win over Tanzania at the U17 AFCON finals in Dar Es Salaam / FUFA Image

The 60-year-old coach, however, claimed that he was able to achieve what he achieved in Ghana because the Ghanaian players were more focused and motivated compared to Ugandan players.

“In Ghana, it’s a bit easy to work at this level, the players are self-motivated and focused, they see football as a good way of taking them out of poverty.”

“There are a lot of football academies with structured youth leagues starting for 12-year olds and above, so it makes things a bit easier,” he noted.

Kwasi who also doubles as the U20 coach will have an opportunity of seeing this stars in action once the FUFA Juniors League resumes with a third round.

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