It’s sad; Augustine Okrah will regret turning down Black Stars opportunity – Malik Jabir

Published on: 08 June 2022

Former Asante Kotoko head coach, Malik Jabir has indicated that Bechem United poster boy Augustine Okrah will regret turning down the chance to play for the Black Stars.

The in-form attacker as reported on Tuesday has turned down the chance to be with the national team in Japan team for the Kirin Cup, citing issues relating to fitness.

Speaking to Class FM amid backlash after the player’s decision, Coach Malik Jabir says he is saddened.

According to him, Augustine Okrah in the future will regret turning down the opportunity to be with the Black Stars.

“It’s a sad issue. You are running a race in football. For now, your level is now the Ghana league. After the Ghana league, where do you want to go again? It is to go and play professionally. Now they want to give you an opening for the chance to go and play professional too you say you turn it down.

“One day he will beg for it and he won’t get it. Where is he in a hurry to go? It’s a sad issue. I don’t know why he did that but it’s a sad issue. Later on, he will regret it,” Malik Jabir said.

Though just speculations, there is the thought that Augustine Okrah turned down the Black Stars chance to ensure he is available to play for Bechem United in the MTN FA Cup final against defending champions Hearts of Oak.