Arhinful warns Ghana against complacency ahead of Niger showdown

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The former midfielder has given a word of caution to the Black Starlets ahead of their clash with Niger

Former Black Stars player Augustine Arhinful has warned Ghana's U-17 team ahead of their round of 16 clash with Niger in the Fifa U-17 World Cup in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The Black Starlets finished as winners of Group A with six points ahead of Columbia, United States and hosts India.

Niger on the other hand, progressed as one of the four best third-placed teams following their victory over North Korea to set a repeat of the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations semifinal that Ghana won on penalties last May in Gabon.

“Ghana should not be complacent. This is because beating India 4-0 is good but it’s nothing new, so they should not get it into their head but forge ahead and make sure they can eliminate our next opponents (Niger),” Arhinful told Happy FM.

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“If we win that game [against Niger], we are progressing to the quarterfinals and that is where you face the big boys of the tournament. I was watching one of the matches involving Ghana again and I want to put across that the way the Black Starlets' play was organised, the tournament will be a tough one for us.

“Some of the countries are very good, England for instance have a very good team. France have a good team as well. Even Iran and Iraq are very good sides, so we should motivate the players ahead of the next game and hope for the best,” he added.

The winner of the day will lock horns with the winner between African champions Mali and Iran in the quarterfinals on Saturday.