Ghana U-17 coach plays down his team’s chances

Ghana U-17 coach plays down his team’s chances

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 13:00

Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin, the coach of Ghana’s U-17 team, has played down their chances of winning the U-17 World Cup which kicks off this weekend.

The Black Starlets will open the tournament in India by playing in the first Group A match against Colombia in New Delhi on Friday.

Ghana are two-time winners of the U-17 World Cup (1991 & 1995), though they are appearing at the global tournament for the first time since 2007.

The Black Starlets’ pedigree in the tournament and their strong showing at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year has raised hopes that they will be one of the strongest contenders.

But coach Fabin insists that his job is to develop players for the senior Black Stars side, not win trophies.

“I don't like it when people try to put pressure on the boys,” Fabin said on GHOne TV.

“When you talk about the U-17 tournament, you're talking about developing players for the future than aiming for the trophy.

“I was so delighted to see five of my players from the 2013 squad handed call-ups into the senior national team; it's great, it means one thing - which is development.

“This is the notion behind what we're building.”

Ghana will clash with Colombia at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday, kick-off at 13h30 CAT.

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