Its Unfair Comparing Pogba,Umtiti With Us- Former U-20 Star Moses Odjer

    /    Jul 25, 2017   /     Sports  /    Comments are closed  /    453 Views

Former Ghana U-20 star Moses Odjer says that the gulf in class between players trained in Europe and those in Africa is too deep to compare.

The former youth enforcer speaking in an interview with Yaw Opoku-Amoako on Hot Sports said it will be suicidal to expect youth team players to reach the same height as their colleagues from Europe and elsewhere.

When asked about some players like Paul Pogba, Samuel Umtiti and Kurt Zouma whom he played against  in the 2013 Youth World Cup  and the level they have reached this was his response.

“Sometimes I feel great playing with them because when we were playing the World championship they were playing for the youth teams of some of the biggest clubs in the world but we were in Ghana so you can compare the difference.You can see the difference is way way big because they know how to move on the field of play but when we were in Ghana it wasn’t like them.

But you know what I’m talking about they have the exposure and they have the opportunity to play in other clubs but when you look at them play now and you realized you played with them in 2013 it’s a privilege playing with them at the World Cup.

Playing in the youth teams of PSV and such clubs you can imagine, I think they were having the opportunity to play in the bigger league than us that’s why but with hard work we can catch up”

Odjer who currently plies his trade for Italian Serie B side Salernitana was part of the Black Satellites team who finished third in the world youth championship in 2013.

He further indicated that the average Ghanaian is more talented than the European but our only problem is the right facilities and the needed coaching.

“I think the economic rights of the football in Europe is far better than that of Ghana excuse me to say that because if you look at them they have academies,the equipment, good coaches, they have a lot of stuffs doctors, physios and others that is what makes them better but when it comes to real talent we have it better than them. So imagine If we have all those equipment and personnel here in Ghana” he queried.

The former Ghana youth International left Tema Youth in 2014 for Catania in the Serie B before being sent on loan to fellow Serie B side Salernitana were the loan move was made permanent after a year.

Odjer who dreams of playing in the Italian top flight  hopes to help his team qualify to play in the Serie A as well as earn a Black Stars call up someday.


Source: Kingsley Opoku-Amoako|

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