Former Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko talisman, Charles Taylor has blamed his unsuccessful stint with the national under 17 side, The Black Starlet of 1999 on former Technical Director of the defunct Ghana Football Association (GFA) and now member of FIFA liaison team, Coach Oti Akenteng.
Narrating his ordeal to Jefferies Sintim Koree on Zylofon TV, the midfield dynamo revealed how the actions and inactions of Oti Akenteng truncated his spell with the National junior side.
¨Head Coach, Jones Attuquaffio had some misunderstanding with his assistant Oti Akenteng regarding this issue. Dong bortey, Ismael Addo and I were the front liners for the team. What happen was that, we were all based in Winneba together with the under 20 side, The Black Satellites. Attuquaffio had left with Accra Hearts of Oak on an Africa campaign. Oti, who was then managing a player named Amokachi, wanted to replace me with the player in the squad, but the said player was not up to my standard¨, Taylor told Zylofon TV.
He continued, ¨you know around that time, when you feature for an under 20 side, you cannot play in the under 17 again so he then decided to deploy that strategy by approaching me in the absence of the head coach Attuquaffio, saying, Black Satellites lacked some players so I should just wear a jersey and join them¨.
Ask how he felt about that incident, the player orated Oti Akenteng truncated his progress and he has been blatant on the issue with him.
¨This issue has been a nightmare to me seriously and I remember having a brawl with Coach Oti Akenteng when we met in Abuja. I’m a man of God now so I have decided to let go of some of these issues¨, he added.
Undoubtedly, save the injuries which blighted his progressive shine, Taylor is one of the greatest players to have graced the green turf in Ghana in the late 90’s and early 2000s.
He was part of the dreaded Hearts of Oak team which was christened ¨The 64 Battalion¨, that won the 2000 CAF Champions League, the Africa Super Cup, the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup, that same year.