Ghana U-17 squad -The long-awaited naming has finally taken place…
Ghana U17 coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin has named a strong final 21-man squad for next month’s World Cup in India, dropping seven players who were part of the squad for the African championship.
Coach Fabin named his final squad on the morning of September 20, a few hours after playing Mali in a pre-World Cup friendly at their training base in Abu Dhabi.
Minds have wondered endlessly what the under 17 team would look like. The team which consists of both new and old names, saw goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad, striker Eric Ayiah and midfielders Gabriel Leveh and Ibrahim Sulley maintain their places.
For the new names, Aminu Mohammed of WAFA Academy and hugely talented Right to Dream U17 side captain Mohammed Kudus, both made it to the U 17 team.
The Black Starlets boss did not include any foreign-based players in his final squad with just seven players coming from Ghana Premier League sides.
Meet the Ghana U-17 Squad
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)
Anxiety brewed at the training camp as the Black Starlets coach prepared to name the team. This was after the Black Starlets suffered a 2-1 to Mali in their first pre-World Cup friendly at their training tour of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, September 20.
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 October 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.