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Starlets to play Senegal in final qualifier

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Coach of Ghana's Black Starlets Frimpong Manso insists his side would come good ahead of the final round of qualifying for the 2011 African Under-17 Championship.

The Black Starlets will have to advance past Senegal in November during the final qualifiers to earn a place in the finals to be hosted by Rwanda next year.

After beating Zambia 2-0 on Saturday to progress 3-2 on aggregate over two legs, Manso admits the Black Starlets improve after beating aside the nervousness that surrounded their fixture against the Zambians.

“I understand we didn’t play well like expected but the good thing is that we won and qualified.

"The pressures of playing such important games got to the boys and that was understandable. They are developing and learning all the time. It was an important exercise for them and we've picked up lessons from it.

"We have more time to prepare them for the next game and that would help us improve on certain areas," the Black Starlets coach said.

Senegal reached the final stage on the goal rule despite being hammered 1-4 by Guinea in Conakry. The Senegalese won the first leg 3-0 two weeks ago.

Fourteen remaining teams will face off in the final round of qualifying later in November to see which of the seven teams joins host Rwanda for the 8-team African Under 17 Championships beginning January 7-22, 2011.