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Ex-Ghana star Malik Jabir jabs giants Kotoko, Hearts for signing 'inferior' players

Malik Jabir

Malik Jabir

Ghana U23 coach Malik Jabir claims the two biggest clubs in the country; Hearts and Asante Kotoko do not have quality players in their stables.

The ex-international is less enthused about the standard of play by the giants in Ghana Football and blamed it to signing of half-baked players.

Jabir comments come in handy with Ghanaian clubs failing to make impact in CAF’s inter-clubs competitions.

This year, Kotoko suffered a second round elimination from the CAF Champions League by minnows Barrack Young Controllers of Liberia.

Jabir, 67, is advising Kotoko and Hearts to cast their scouting net wider to neighbouring African countries to sign marquee players.

“For the past two to three years, none of the two clubs seem to have the quality to repeat the performance of their glory days.

“If these two clubs want to do well they must sit up and do their homework well,” Jabir said.

“Other African clubs are bringing in players from other countries to augment their team, what is Hearts and Kotoko doing?” He asked.

“Even if it means buying two or three quality players, to enhance your performance, that is better than buying about ten cheap players, who can’t take them anywhere.

“Hearts have been struggling for the past seven years and Kotoko for the last five years so they should wake up and get better players and get their glory days back.”

Jabir has rich coaching experience on the continent having coach in neighbouring West African countries.

The ex-international was on the bench when Kotoko won their last African title in 1983.

Jabir also served as a technical advisor at Nigerian Premier League side Kano Pillars in 2008-2010.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. moshie says:

    Very true, especially Hearts of oak never look for great players but recruiting from junior sides. It looks like Hearts will toil for many years to come.