2017 FIFA U-17 WC: Ghana coach names final squad

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana U-17 coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has named his final 21-man squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India next month.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) reported on Friday that the Black Starlets boss named his final squad on Thursday after playing Mali in a pre-World Cup friendly at their training base in Abu Dhabi.

It said the coach has strengthened his squad with seven new players who were not part of the team that played at the U17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.

However, all the key players at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament have been retained with goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad, striker Eric Ayiah and midfielders Gabriel Leveh and Ibrahim Sulley maintaining their places.

Among the squad are seven players from Ghana Premier League clubs with the rest playing for lower tier sides.

Ghana, two-time champions at the FIFA  U-17 World Cup, are looking to end their 22-year trophy drought in a tricky group.

The Black Starlets are placed in Group A along with hosts India, Colombia and United States of America.

They will play their first group match against Colombia in the tournament opener on 6 October at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

This will be Ghana's ninth appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and they are one of the favourities considering their performance in the CAF qualifiers.


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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22 september 2017 08:33:13

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