Head coach of the national under-17 side, the Black Starlets Paa Kwesi Fabin says his side is ready to bring back the glory days, as they prepare to face the Young Stallions of Burkina Faso on Sunday in Cape Coast.
The two-time U-17 African champions would be making a return to Africa’s bi-annual juvenile soccer showpiece after a two-year absence, due to a ban for use of overage player.
It would also mark the first competitive game for the Starlets after the ban, having gained a walk over Liberia in the qualifiers that began in June.
“It has been a while we won anything at this level and we want to make amends this time round and go for the ultimate and represent the continent at the world level.”
Standing between them and qualification to the 12th edition of the CAF U-17 Nations Cup tournament to be staged in Madagascar, from April 2 to 16 2017 now is Burkina Faso, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire.
Since April the ‘twinkle twinkle’ little Starlets have been camping ahead of the qualifiers.
The team was in Namibia to partake in a four nation’s tournament which they won and come Sunday Ghanaians would have the opportunity to watch them showcase all that they have been rehearsing all this while.
In a chat with Times Sports, coach Fabin noted that his side is very ready for the onslaught on Sunday against 2011 champions Burkina Faso.
According to him, the team is in the final leg of preparation to sharpen the rough edges of the players as well as rehearse a well thought out strategy which will be on display against the Young Stallions.
Asked whether he has had any information on the Young Stallions, the coach revealed that he has little on them which he believe would aid him post a famous win on Sunday.
“The Burkinabe’s are very athletic and thrive well on set pieces, however, they are slow in play and that is one of the many areas we hope to capitalise on and punch holes in their play to get a great win on Sunday to make the second leg a mere formality.”
By Raymond Ackumey