Ghana FA confirm friendlies with Tanzania and Niger

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The football governing body says the Black Starlets will square off against their counterparts as part of preparations for the upcoming U17 Afcon

The Ghana Football Association has announced upcoming friendly games with Tanzania and Niger, ahead of the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Black Starlets are currently in camp for their return to the continental championship after a four-year absence.

Placed in Group A, the two-time champions will face off against the hosts, Cameroon and Guinea.

"The national U-17 team will play friendly matches against Tanzania and Niger as part of preparations for the African Youth Championship (Gabon 2017)," the GFA announced on Tuesday.

"Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin and his side will travel to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on Friday March 31 before they take on their Tanzanian counterparts on Monday April 3, 2017.

"The team will then return to Ghana on Tuesday and play their Nigerien counterparts on Sunday April 16, 2017 at the Accra Stadium."

Both Tanzania and Niger will also be at the Afcon, having been pitted against each other in Group B.

Following the withdrawal of Liberia in the first round qualifiers for Gabon 2017, Ghana secured a narrow 6-5 aggregate victory over Burkina Faso in the second round, before beating Cote d'Ivoire 3-1 after both legs of the final round.

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The Starlets' last tournament appearance was at Morocco 2013, where they suffered a first round exit.

The top four from the African competition qualify automatically for the 2017 Under-17 Fifa World Cup in India.


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