Ghana U-17s ready for USA challenge

Ghana U-17s ready for USA challenge
Colombia's Brayan Gomez (L) in action against Ghana's Emmanuel Toku (R) during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group A soccer match between Colombia and Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 06 October 2017. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 15:00

Ghana will chase a second successive victory at the U-17 World Cup when they face United States at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, kick-off at 13h30 CAT.

The West Africans got their tournament off to a strong start when they defeated Colombia 1-0 in their Group A opener on Friday, with Sadiq Ibrahim scoring the only goal of the game.

Yet the Black Starlets coach Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabin wasn’t entirely happy with his team’s display and will want to see an improvement for their match with the USA.

"I'm a bit disappointed in the play because that's not how we play. We keep the ball and pass it around but it looked as if we abandoned our style and we were trying to play long balls like the Colombians and it was not working for for us," Fabin explained.

"But I'm happy because it’s the group stage and to have taken three points in your first match, it's good, it's very good, so I'm happy for that.

"I'll give credit to our goalkeeper and the defence, I think they did tremendously well."

The defence may need to be at their best again on Monday, as the USA looked a potent attacking force in their 3-0 win over hosts India. Josh Sargent, Chris Durkin and Andre Carleton scored the goals for coach John Hackworth’s side.

Ghana and USA have met twice before in the U-17 World Cup, with the Black Starlets claiming 2-0 wins in both 1995 in Quito and 1999 in Auckland.




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