Manager of both Antigua Barracuda FC and the senior national football team, Fernando “Nando” Abraham, has denied claims that he has personal issues with national and Asot’s Arcade Parham striker Kerry “Arab” Skepple.
Abraham, during an interview, called the rumours baseless, stating that if a rift did in fact exist that he would not have offered the player an opportunity to try out with Barracuda FC.
“First of all there is no rift between me and Arab Skepple and second, Arab Skepple was at the trials, so I don’t know if that would indicate that I would just invite somebody to a trial and (not) have any intention to look at them. I am just saying to you that you should just sweep that under the carpet; that is not so,” he said.
Abraham, who is also a former national player, added that Skepple has served his nation well for some time now and that people may just be trying to create confusion where there is none.
“Well you know people will always be people and they will say what they want to say,” Abraham said.
“I know what I have in my mind and I know exactly what is good for Antigua, and Arab Skepple has served the country as a striker for a long time and I see no reason why I should be trying to take away the opportunity from him to play for Barracuda.”
Skepple was among several players that were given an opportunity to attend trials for the country’s lone professional outfit held over the weekend. He was originally left out of the squad that came into being last year which raised eyebrows amongst the football public.
Skepple, who finished as the leading scorer in Premier Division with 18 goals, along with the other 50 plus players, will have to wait until midweek, however, to find out who made the cut and will be signed with the professional team.