Turkish agent slams bogus reports by OFC, Island Sun
SOLOMON ISLANDS rising football star Jack Whetney’s Turkish agent has slammed false reports published by the Oceania Football Federation
(OFC) and local newspaper Island Sun stating the young lad has failed his trials in Turkey.
Speaking to the Solomon Star from Turkey over the weekend, Whetney’s agent Kaan Kandemir said the reports painted a wrong picture that could jeopardise Wetney’s future.
OFC as well as Island Sun reportedly published an article last week stating that Whetney had failed to make it through the Turkish Football league.
But Kandemir confirmed Whetney did impress top football clubs in the Turkish Football League with football giants Galatasaray currently interested in Whetney’s services.
“He passed his trials and he made it through but I don’t know where the local media and OFC got their false information from,” Kandemir said.
Kandemir said both media outlets did not even interview him, Whetney or individuals directly involved with Wetney’s deal in Turkey.
However, Kandemir explained Whetney returned because he needed to sort out his sports visa and other requirements from the Turkish consular in Sydney, Australia.
But Star Sport understands Whetney is currently banned from entering Australia because he overstayed while signing with futsal club New South Wales Thunders in February last year.
Kandemir explained this needed to be sorted out as soon as possible.
Kandemir said the other reason why Wetney had to return was because his International Transfer Documents (ITC) was sent to them late.
With the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) shaken by the recent match-fixing scandal in July, Kandemir explained TFF had to suspend all international transfers and imports thus this affected Whetney’s transfer.
“Above all, he has done extremely well but he is facing some unexpected problems with his visa,” he said.
The Turkish agent said Galatasaray has shown interest in Wetney and they are currently working with him to sort out Whetney’s documents before the transfer window opens in January next year.
Galatasaray has requested that Wetney provide video footage of his recent games to prove himself to their scout, Kandemir confirmed.
Meanwhile, Kandemir would like to call on responsible authorities including the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) to help Whetney facilitate his paper work to enable him to play in Turkey by next year.
“Solomon Islands has a lot of talented young players but it seems the responsible authorities are doing nothing to help young talented soccer players; Whetney has done it and it should be a lesson to SIFF and the Government,” he said.
The Turkish agent would like to thank Yoshi Sato for his support in helping Whetney financially when in Turkey.
Whetney is expected to return to Turkey next year when all his paper works are finalised.