Ghana unveil provisional squad for U-17 World Cup in India

Ghana U17 training
The two-time champions have named 25 players for a training camp in the United Arab Emirates

Ghana have announced a provisional 25-man party for the upcoming Fifa Under-17 World Cup in India.

The team departed Accra for the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday to finalize preparations for the tournament which runs between October 6 and 28.

Coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin’s list comprises 16 players from the African championship roster and nine new members.

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Wafa whizkid Mohammed Aminu, who has been linked to English side Manchester City, made the cut after missing the Afcon in May. So did teammate Richard Danso.

Right to Dream Academy duo Ibrahim Sadiq and Mohammed Kudus as well as Rudolf Blagogee, Evans Sarfo, Isaac Gyamfi and Emmanuel Antwi complete the new entrants.

Regrettably though, centre-back Faisal Osman, who played an influential role at the Afcon, has been forced out of the team due to injury picked up in training.

Ghana will be making a return to the under-17 World Cup for the first time since 2007.

The Black Starlets, who finished second at the Afcon, have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts India, Concacaf runners-up the USA and Colombia, who came fourth at the South American championship.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Michael Acquaye (Wafa), Ibrahim Danlad (Asante Kotoko), Kwame Aziz (Mandela Soccer Academy)

Defenders: Bismark Terry Owusu (Mandela Soccer Academy), Najeeb Yakubu (New Town Youth), Rashid Alhassan (Aduana Stars), Abdul RazakYusif (FC Tanga),Gideon Acquah (Accra United), John Otu (Dreams FC), Gideon Mensah (Right to Dream Academy),

Midfielders: Isaac Antah (Accra Young Wise),Mohammed Iddriss(Cheetah FC), Gabriel Leveh (Tema Youth), Sulley Ibrahim (New Life FC), Emmanuel Toku (Cheetah FC), Edmund Arko Mensah (Wa All Stars), Richard Danso (Wafa), Ibrahim Sadiq(Right to Dream Academy),Rudolf Blagogee (FC Mamobi),Mohammed Kudus (Right to Dream Academy),Evans Sarfo (Asokwa Deportivo), Isaac Gyamfi(New Life FC), Emmanuel Antwi (Charity FC)

Strikers: Eric Ayiah (Charity Stars), Mohammed Aminu (Wafa)