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U-17 World Cup: 24 Starlets head for Abu Dhabi tour Wednesday

Ghana’s U-17 team, Black Starlets, will fly out to Abu Dhabi Wednesday for the final leg of their preparations for the Fifa World Cup in India next month.

Four of the 28 players currently in camp will miss the trip to the UAE.

While on the tour, Ghana’s final 21-man squad for the World Cup will then be submitted to meet Fifa’s September 21 deadline for submission of squads by participating teams.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin’s side is expected to play two friendly games against yet to be identified opponents who are believed to be also participating at the tournament.

Management Committee Chairman of the Starlets, Kweku Eyiah confirmed the rest of the team’s itinerary during a visit to the India High Commissioner over the weekend.

“Presently, we have 28 players in camp and out of them, 24 will travel for the training tour.

“At the training tour, we hope to play two international friendly matches with teams who are also participating at the [World Cup] tournament but not in our group. This is to keep the boys in shape and get them ready for the tasks ahead.

“We will make a final list of 21 players to Fifa on the 21st of September. It is a mandatory Fifa requirement so we cannot overlook that. We will be going for the tournament only with the best players at this level that Ghana can offer.”

Two-time champions Ghana, who are making a return to the age group competition for the first time since 2007, are housed in Group A alongside host India, USA and Colombia. They take face Colombia on 6th October in their opening game, followed by a game against USA three days later before finishing their group stage with a game against host India on 12th October.



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