Black Starlets Management Committee Head, Kweku Eyiah has expressed optimism about winning the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
Ghana’s under 17 male football team arrived in New-Delhi, India on Monday after a three-week training tour in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
‘‘We are here hoping and praying that we are going to make Ghana proud. Ghana has been absent for the past ten years. The last time Ghana was in the tournament was in 2007. We struggled to even to qualify for Africa but we went to Africa and placed second. Based on the experience we gathered in Africa, we deem it fit and also realize that, with a little hard work, perseverance and a little luck we can bring the ultimate’’ he said.
Ghana kicks off the competition this Friday against Colombia. The 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup finals will be played from 6th -28th October, 2017.
10 YEAR ABSENCE
The Black Starlets are making their first appearance after finishing 4th in the 2007 edition of the World Youth Championship in South Korea. Ghana also did not qualify for the African Youth Championships in Algeria and Rwanda in 2009 and 2011 respectively. The team failed to make the knock out stages of the competition in Morocco in 2013 and was disqualified for the usage of an unqualified player prior to the 2015 edition.
FIFA U17 WORLD CUP RECORD
Ghana is a two-time champion of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991 and 1995 and a two-time Runner-up in 1993 and 1997
AFRICA U-17 CUP OF NATIONS RECORD
Ghana has won the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations twice in 1995 and 1999 and were Runners-up in 2005 and 2017 as well.