Ghanaian Premier League side, Bechem United have adopted a policy that will see them abolish the signing of players with premiership status as well as players above the age of 19, president of the club, Kingsley Owusu-Achau has confirmed.
The club has become one of the most football talent exporting side in the country in recent times and has secured a partnership deal in the United States that requires them to export five players each year to clubs in America.
They are now bent on developing young player between the ages of 16 and 19 to ensure players they export out of the country will have a better chance of making it.
In line with that, Bechem’s bankroller Kingsley Owusu-Achau, popularly known as “Agama” has stressed that they will no longer be recruiting players with premiership status or players above the age of 19.
“We have an age limit. Now all those we are recruiting this year I’ve asked them to present their BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination) certificate because everyone went through primary school education and that certificate does not lie”.
We will calculate the age on that cert to know that your age is hovering around this, for now from sixteen (16) and half to nineteen (19), anybody who will be accepted at age 21, then maybe the person is someone who has been in school whose football career must have been delayed by school, who probably just came out of school and is not an old folk”, Agama said in an interview with Fox Sports.
He continued, “If you come to us and say I’ve played for Medeama, as soon as you say I’ve played for Medeama, I’ve played for this or that (premier league) team then you are disqualified immediately. Anybody who have played the premier division before is disqualified”, he insisted.
Bechem United FC is set to export five players each year to clubs in America. The first team squad is currently scheduled to embark on another European tour to France and Hungary on Saturday, August 10, 2019.