Fabin eyes India scalp to qualify from group stage

The Black Starlets coach is optimistic they will sell out a good game against the hosts and make it out of their group

Ghana coach Paa Kwesi Fabin believes his side will defeat India in the final Group A game of the 2017 Fifa U17 World Cup at Jawaharial Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on Thursday, to book a place in the next round of the competition.

The Black Starlets currently sit third with three points and are in a dire need of victory over the hosts after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the United States on Monday.

"This game against India is a very crucial match. As you know, India want to win and stay in the competition [and] we also want to win and move forward," Fabin said.

"Therefore, it's a very crucial game but we believe football will be the winner at the end of the day. This is not a do or die affair, it's a game of football and we all want to play and enjoy the game, and give back to the public who will come and watch.

"I think it will be a good game and I entreat everybody to come and watch so that they will enjoy good football. Normally, when you are playing against the host country, your first goal will really bring relief to you so we will be trying to see if we can score the first goal to calm the crowd a little bit," he added.

Ghana have been profligate upfront, scoring only one goal in the tournament but Fabin has revealed that they're working on their conversion rate.

"When you come to training we do a lot of scoring exercise but that is football for you, sometimes you don't understand what happens but we are hoping things get right as we move along," he said.

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"I was impressed with the Indians especially in their second match. The first match was not too good but in the second match they did very well. They were just unlucky to hit the bar twice, that could have resulted in a goal.

"That's why I'm saying the game will be very crucial. They have improved and definitely will improve more than they did on Monday," he added.

In the other group game, Columbia will take on the USA, who have already qualified.

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