George Afriyie

The chairman of the Black Satellites management committee George Afriyie has blamed the team?s recent not-too-impressive performance on the failure of the Starlets (U-17 teams).

To the former Gamba All Blacks CEO, the successive failure of the U-17 team lately has affected the performance of the U-20 side.

?The Satellites are struggling lately because we don?t have a good U-17 team that under normal circumstances would be feeding the U-20,? Afriyie said at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Secretariat on Tuesday.

He said the success of the Satellites is predicated on how effective the Starlets team is and gave the assurance that his outfit is putting measures in place to right the wrong.

Explaining why the senior national team, (the Black Stars) is doing well, he stated: ?In the case of the Black Stars, all you need is assemble them a few days to a match and they will deliver because they are pros.

?But the same cannot be said about the junior teams. Here they are taught the basics of game-passing, controlling, etc. so it is a bit difficult,? Afriyie added.

The Black Satellites are preparing to face their Moroccan counterparts on September 23, in their last round qualifier for next year?s African Junior championship slated for Algeria.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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