How Ghana are scouting Under-17 World Cup opponents

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Coach Samuel Fabin sheds light on their knowledge of India, the USA and Colombia

Ghana coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin has spoken about their preparations as they look set to open the 2017 Fifa Under-17 World Cup on Friday.

Drawn in Group A, the Black Starlets will play against hosts India, Concacaf runners-up the USA and Comnebol fourth-placed side Colombia.

The two-time champions, who return to the youth championship for the first time since 2007, will first take on the South American outfit at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

"I've had the opportunity of watching snippets of their video clips," Fabin told Happy FM.

"Colombia for instance, I've watched some of their South American qualifying games.

"We have also studied USA and now know how they operate but the challenge has to be with India, who we've not had any of their clips because they did not partake in the qualifiers. 

"However, we watched some of their players in action on YouTube and have identified one of their players, who possesses this long throw power. 

"We will map out a strategy to counter that threat."

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On their last appearance at the U-17 World Cup, Ghana found themselves in same group with Colombia, the two sides meeting in their last group game.

Cristian Nazarit netted for the South Americans but goals from Ransford Osei and Ishmael Yartey ensured a 2-1 triumph for the Black Starlets.

 

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