Starlets to play Niger in U-17 knockout stage

Starlets beat India 4-0 in the final group game[/caption] Ghana’s Black Starlets have been drawn to play fellow African side Niger in the Round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. The stage was set after the final group matches were played on Saturday. France topped Group E with a 100 per cent start to the tournament after a 5-1 win over Honduras. Japan’s 1-1 with New Caledonia sees the Asians booting the New Caledonians out of the tournament as the only side in the group not to progress. England also joined the table of men not to have dropped points so far following their 4-0 thrashing of Iraq, who qualified as well to the Round of 16. Though Mexico were held to a goalless draw by Chile, they managed to scrape through as one of the best third-placed sides. Despite losing their last two games to Spain and Brazil, the Junior Menas qualified as one of the four best third-placed sides. They had beaten North Korea 1-0 in their opening Group D game. Ghana topped Group A, having won their opening and final group games. They lost 1-0 to the USA. The Ghana-Niger match will be played on Wednesday at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. It will be the second time the two sides are meeting after they played in a 0-0 semi-final game at the Africa U-17 Championship in Gabon. The Starlets won on penalties after full regulation time. Other R. 16 matches Colombia v Germany Paraguay v USA Iran v Mexico France v Spain England v Japan Mali v Iraq Brazil v Honduras

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By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana ]]>