Ghana’s Under-17 team, the Black Starlets will step up preparations for the 2017 Fifa World Cup with a month-long tour of Europe in September.
Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin’s boys have been booked for camping schedules in Denmark and Spain before the final 21-man squad heads out for India early October.
The gaffer believes the tour of Europe will afford his team a good opportunity to acclimatize to the weather they could face during the competition and as well test their strengths against non-African opponents they have been used to.
“We have been playing under the Africa weather for over a long time and it is prudent we go out there and engage the Europeans and the South American countries to have a feel of what they will be bringing to the table during the tournament,” Fabin said.
“So far we have pitched our strength with both Ghanaian and some African countries. It’s time we do so against others so as to further assess our chances at the tournament.
“The weather is totally different there as well as the time zones, so we need to get all these things intact before the tournament starts…,” he added.
The Black Starlets, this week, made their way to the Danish embassy to submit their documents for visas ahead of a trip to the European country scheduled for the close of August.
At the Fifa U-17 World Cup slated for October 6-28, Ghana, second best in Africa, will be based in Delhi and have been grouped with United States, Colombia and hosts India.