Starlets coach upbeat about winning U-17 world cup

The Starlets will play at the world cup as Africa’s second-best team

The Black Starlets will get the opportunity to pitch their strength against top teams like Spain, Mexico and Iraq before they travel to India for the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

This forms part of their one-month European tour ahead of their participation in the 17th edition of the FIFA World Cup in India in October.

The team, currently camping at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram, will fly out of Ghana on August 31 to Denmark for a two-week training tour on which they would engage some of that country’s top U-17 and U-20 sides to fine-tune their rough edges.

They will then continue their journey to Spain, where they will be playing a four-nation tournament involving Spain, Iraq and Mexico.

All these games are earmarked to give the team the much-needed international exposure before the tournament proper.

Head coach Paa Kwesi Fabin says the team has so far seen vast improvement in their preparations as they have been playing some high-profile matches and, according the technical staff, the results have been very good.

“They are coping very well, most of them are on top. They are hoping to repeat the performance and even better…the AFCON. That’s why we’ve intensified their training programme and we’re hoping that all the things that are being taught at training will sink in and then will be able to reproduce them when we get to India.”

Fabin also says his team is always ready for its opponent and not scared of any of these countries.

“We are going with all the seriousness that we deserve because this is the World Cup and want to do well. All the teams will be tough because any team that has been able to qualify from its zone and has come to the World Cup means they are all good enough to be there. I am not going to single out any particular team and say this is the team to give us tough competition. I believe all of them are good and therefore we have to prepare for all of them.”

Ghana are drawn in Group A alongside hosts India, USA and Colombia for the tournament, which runs from 6th October.

By Nana Akua Amankwaa|TV3||Ghana

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