Ballymena United new signing Abdul Basit is excited with good facilities used in the Northern Ireland Football League but rates Ghana “a step ahead” in terms of talent in football.
The promising former New Edubiase striker completed his long awaited one year loan move to the Irish side two weeks ago and has since featured for David Jeffrey’s charges in the current league campaign where they lie 4th on the league log.
Basit, the sole Ghanaian in the Ballymena squad is highly impressed with the Irish league in terms of facilities and remuneration, but rates his country better in terms of football talents.
“Talent wise Ghana is far ahead but if you look at their facilities and remuneration for players that may tempt you into thinking that Northern Ireland football is ahead of Ghana, but if you look at talent wise the players I’ve played with in Ghana compared to here, I will say Ghana is far far ahead”, Basit emphasized, speaking to FOX FM.
Abdul Basit was however quick to state his admiration for the competitiveness of the Irish league as most of the players are young and energetic.
“The league here is actually very competitive, all the boys are very young making the play very competitive,” Basit stated.
In terms of economic strength and player incentives, the Ghana international believes Ghana has to do more to be able to compete with Ireland.
“The kind football we play in Ghana ,the level makes Ghana one step ahead but they need the needed facilities and better remuneration to retain and exhibit the players “, he said.
Basit played a pivotal role to help the Black Satellites (U-20) to qualify for the U-20 AFCON in Niger in February next year.