Black Starlets face Niger today

Abdul Karim Zito

Abdul Karim Zito

Ghana’s U-17 male national team, the Black Starlets will be in action today in Niger where they play the Nigerien’s in the group opener of the West Africa Football Union Zone B competition.

The mini tournament is a new format for qualification to the African U-17 championship which would be held in Tanzania in 2019.

It will in a way create an easy access to less endowed countries to participate in the continental championship although it has also generated debate in certain quarters as the dominant forces in the West Africa region may miss out.

Following the disqualification of Benin from the competition for presenting over aged players, six countries including Ghana’s biggest rivals, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire will all be present.

The Ghanaians will approach their group A tie full of confidence having seen all 20 players presented for the tourney pass a mandatory Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) MRI test aimed at checking the age of the players.

Ghana is no pushover at this level of competition, having emerged victorious in1995 and 1999 but against the crack Nigerians and Ivorians in group B but chasing a single slot, Head Coach Karim Zito’s assertion that it is a difficult competition is timely and well placed.
He is, however confident about winning the group which also has Togo and find a way past the group B opponent for the single slot.

But he maintains the real journey starts today with a must win game against the host nation, Niger.


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