Ghana face must-win clash in final group encounter

Ghana face must-win clash in final group encounter
Ghana's Sadiq Ibrahim (R) gestures 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

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 09:30

Ghana face a must-win situation in their final Group A match against India at the 2017 U-17 World Cup.

The Black Starlets will tackle the host team at the Jawaharlal Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday, kick-off at 16h30 CAT.

The West Africans opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Colombia last weekend, but on Monday they slumped to a defeat at the hands of USA, putting their hopes of advancing into the next round at risk.

Ghana come into this game placed third on the Group A log behind America (six points) and level on three points with second-placed Colombia. India, who have lost both matches thus far, are placed last.

The good news for Paa Kwesi Fabin’s side is that a win over the hosts will almost certainly put them through to the next round - either they will move into the top two (who are guaranteed progression) or surely be ranked as one of the four best third-place finishers from the six groups.

Fabin was annoyed by his team’s lack of cutting edge in the loss to USA and hopes they will put it right when they face India on Thursday.

"We played well today and had so many chances but we didn't take them and we got punished," the Ghana boss lamented.

"In association football when you don't take your chance this is what happens. I hope we can learn from this game. We'll keep working on our goal scoring and hopefully against India we'll be able to exhibit it on the field."

Ghana will be without defender Abdul Razak Yussif due to the head injury he suffered in the game against USA on Monday

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