After a ten-year absence in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Black Starlets are making a triumphant return to the grand stage. Their last appearance in the competition came in Spain 10 years ago, when Ghana lost 1-2 to Spain in the semi-final stage, before losing out in a third-place play-off to Germany.
Ghana qualified for the U-17 World Cup thanks to their runners-up spot finish in the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations which concluded earlier this year. Throughout the African Cup, the Starlets displayed attacking football full of entertainment to thrill football fans. Ghanaians will be hoping for similar displays in India this month.
In a recent interview, the Coach of the Black Starlets, Paa Kwesi Fabin stated, “Our aim is to get to the final and win it.” It’s clear the players and coach are itching to make our Motherland proud yet again in this competition. This tournament will be the opportunity for these young ones to announce their presence to the World.
Ghana begins her journey in India in Group A alongside the hosts India, USA, and Colombia. Ghana’s first game is against Colombia on 6th October, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The Black Starlets have been handed a tough task to qualify from Group A. Considering their pedigree on this stage, however, they should be able to overcome this hurdle and qualify from this group.
As the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 begins, the two-time FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions in 1991 and 1995 and two-times Runners-up in 1993 and 1997, will be hoping to dazzle the World in India once again.
It’s time to rekindle the glory days.
WRITER: Kwesi Otoo