Ghana are to begin their final leg of preparations for the Under-17 World Cup as the team leaves for Dubai where they shall play two practice matches against international teams.
A 24-member squad will train at United Arab Emirates (UAE) before they submit the final list of 21 players who would make the cut for the competition.
Coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin has stated that he is eyeing the Under-17 World Cup title for Ghana this time around.
“The last time when we participated in the African Youth Championship (AYC), I said I wanted qualification but this time we have the men to deliver the trophy,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has backed his team to win the Under-17 World Cup.
“The Starlets have the quality to win the World Cup after some of the players were released by their clubs to join the team.
"I believe they will improve the quality of the team as they prepare to win the competition for the third time for the country,” he was quoted saying.
The Ghana Under-17 squad visited the Indian Commission's Office in Accra on Monday. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah stated that President Akufo-Addo wants to the youngsters to put on a good show in India next month as that would go a long way to benefit the senior national team in the years to come.
“The vision of the President is to help the junior national teams to perform as it will help the senior side also” said Asiamah.
“For the past 10 years Ghana has not been able to qualify for the FIFA under 17 tournament but we are happy that this year we have been able to qualify,”
“The Government is ready to give you all the needed support in order for the team to win the cup for the nation because it has been 22 years since we last won it. We are behind you and the whole nation is also supporting you,” he signed off.