‘Ghana won World Cups by age-cheating’

Former Ghana defender Frimpong Manso has revealed that Ghana dominated youth football during his era by cheating.

The former Asante Kotoko defender revealed his U-17 team won several trophies by cheating back in the 90s by recruiting over-age players.

The Black Starlets won the U-17 FIFA World Cup twice in 1991 and 1995 and also reached the finals in the same competition in 1993 and 1997 respectively.

Manson spilt the beans on Happy FM on the 25th anniversary of the 1995 achievement as he was part of the team that won the global youth showpiece in Ecuador.

“In the olden days, we used over-age players for the U-17 World Cup competitions and we are now suffering in the long run,” he confessed.

“Back then there was no MRI to check the real age of players so we used over-aged players.”

The former Kotoko defender believes Ghana have failed to relive the past success as youngsters now have suffered from inattention, suggesting that he hopes the U-15swould be well prepared for the big competition.

“I’m happy right now with our U-15 sides so let’s prepare them with a good progressing plan because our planning has always been wrong.”

Ghana first won the U-17 World Cup in 1993 and lost to Nigeria in 1993 before beating Brazil in 1995.