Former Ghana international, Frimpong Manso has shockingly revealed that the country used over-aged players to win the FIFA U17 tournament in Ecuador.

Ghana stunned Brazil 3:2 to lift the ultimate in 1995.

According to Frimpong, Ghana was able to achieve the historic feat because players who featured for the country during those times didn’t use their correct age.

“We don’t get time for the youth side and our obsession of always wanting to win is a problem,” Frimpong Manso, who was a member of the 1995 squad told Accra based Happy FM.

“I am happy that right now we’ve U15 side so let’s prepare them with a good progressing plan because our planning has always been wrong.”

Manso, a member of Black Stars 1992 Afcon silver winning team added that “In the olden days, we used over-aged players for the U17 competitions and we are now suffering in the long run. Back then there was no MRI to check the real age of players so we used over-aged players,”

Ghana first won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991, but they lost the title against Nigeria in 1993 and reclaimed it in 1995 to win their second trophy.



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