Black Starlets drawn in tough group

The draw for the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Madagascar 2017 was held yesterday in Egypt with Ghana’s Black Starlets thrown into a tough group.

The Starlets find themselves in Group A together with host nation Madagascar as well as Guinea and Cameroon.

Group B also saw Mali drawing Congo, Angola and Niger. 

CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani, conducted the draw and was assisted by CAF 1st Vice president Almamy Kabele Camara.

The final tournament will be held between April 2-16, 2017 with the semi-finalists qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year in India.

Executive Committee member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kweku Eyiah, who witnessed the draw, was hopeful the Starlets would shine.

“I think the draw is manageable. There are two other teams, Guinea and Cameroon, with a similar style of play like Ghana. The only country that does not play the same style is Madagascar, the host. When it comes to such competitions, Ghana always stands tall and so qualifying from that group won’t be a problem,” he said.

For El Hadj Tiemogo Ibrahim Moussa, General Secretary, Niger Football Federation, his country could not have asked for a better group.

“We could not have asked for a better draw. The other group appears tougher though. With the winner of the last edition, Mali, it makes the draw difficult. However, we think we can do better. We are hoping that the qualification will be in our favour.”


By Times Sports Reporter

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