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Sports News of Friday, 2 February 2018


I left enviable legacy with Black Starlets — Paa Kwesi Fabin

Paa Kwesi Fabin, says he has no regret over his time with the Under-17 male national team, the Black?Starlets and that he would leave the job, with a conviction of an unparalleled legacy in recent years that would linger on for all to see in the coming years. According to him, he would not habour any bitter resentments if he was replaced, and that he would be proud to know that he played a significant role in youth development in the game.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports, the 59-year-old coach said before his appointment the team barely made it to the continental competition, but he managed to raise a team that made the nation proud at both the continental and world level, though they could not win the ultimate.

“Before I was appointed, the Starlets were not even making it to Africa, let alone the world tournament, but all the three occasions that I was there, I was able to qualify the team to Africa and finally to the World Cup,” the coach recalled.

The former Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach also listed the grooming of some young players who were now playing for the senior national team, as some of his major achievement.

“I groomed some six players, Lawrence Ati Zigi, Nicholas Opoku, Yaw Yeboah, Thomas Agyepong, Gideon Waja and Zakaria Mumuni — players from the first Under-17 squad that I groomed, who are all playing for the senior national team and local Black Stars, and any coach can be proud of that,” the coach stated.

Still unsure if he would keep the job, after news made the round yesterday that Karim Zito was being appointed to take over as Starlets coach, Coach Fabin said he had no problem if he was replaced and would be proud of what he achieved during his tenure.