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Ghana land in New Delhi for U-17 World Cup

Ghana have arrived in India ahead of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup which begins Friday October 6.

The Black Starlets landed at the Indira Gandhi International airport at around 10am (GMT) on Monday via an Emirates airline flight.

The Starlets travelling contingent was made up of twenty-one (21) players, eight (8) technical team, two (2) management members (Chairman Kweku Eyiah and Samuel Opoku Nti) and one (1) media personnel.
They were welcomed by His Excellency Mr. Michael Nii Nortey Oquaye Jnr, Republic of Ghana High Commissioner to India at the Lalit Hotel, where the team is staying. 

Ghana made a short trip from Abu Dhabi where they held their final preparations for their return to the cadet competition they last featured in 10 years ago.

Ghana, two-time champions at the Fifa U-17 World Cup in 1991 and 1995, are looking to end their 22-year trophy drought. 

This will be Ghana’s ninth appearance in the Fifa U-17 World Cup and are one of the favourites considering their performance at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations. Head coach Paa Kwasi Fabin named 14 members of the team which won silver at the Afcon in his 21-man squad for the World Cup.

Besides the two titles, Ghana have finished runners-up twice (1993 and 1997) while finishing third in the 1999 edition.

The Black Starlets begin their campaign with the opening match of the World Cup against Colombia on October 6, followed by matches against USA (October 9) and India (October 12). The Black Starlets will play all their group matches at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Ghana U-17 Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ibrahim Danlad (Kotoko), Michael Acquaye (WAFA), Kwame Aziz (Mandela Soccer Academy)

Defenders: Najeeb Yakubu (New Town Youth), Gideon Mensah (Right to Dream), Bismark Terry Owusu (Mandela Soccer Academy), Edmund Arko-Mensah (Wa All Stars), Abdul Razak Yusif (Koforidua Youth), Gideon Acquah (Bofoakwa Tano), Rashid Alhassan (Aduana Stars), John Otu (Dreams FC)

Midfielders: Isaac Gyamfi (New Life FC), Gabriel Leveh (Tema Youth), Ibrahim Sulley (New Life FC), Mohammed Kudus (Right to Dream), Emmanuel Toku (Cheetah FC), Mohammed Iddriss (Cheetah FC)

Strikers: Eric Ayiah (Charity Stars), Richard Danso (WAFA), Mohammed Aminu (WAFA), Ibrahim Sadiq (Right To Dream)


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