FA President happy with Starlets build up

17 years ago

FA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi remains impressed with the build up of the national under-17 side for next week’s African Junior Championship final qualifier against Ivory Coast.

After Friday's visit to the national camp - the Ghanaman Centre of Excellence in Prampram, on national holiday (Farmers Day), the FA president expressed optimism about the team’s chances against the Ivorians.

Kwesi Nyantakyi joined the junior national team in camp with Black Stars coach, Claude Le Roy.

“I am very confident of our chances against the Ivorians. The team has all it takes to overturn the 1-3 deficit and qualify for the championship.

“The technical handlers are doing a good job and it is my hope that their efforts pay off,” the FA president said.

The junior national side would be leaving the national camp Saturday for the Sunyani to continue with their preparations.

Earlier on Thursday, the Black Starlets beat division one side, Maxbees 4-0 in a test game.

Ghana went down 3-1 in the first leg encounter in Abidjan last week.

The junior national team would however be without striker, Abeiku Quansah for the return game.

Team doctors of the junior national team have ruled out the striker from Ghana’s return encounter against the Ivory Coast next Sunday.

The striker who got Ghana’s only goal in the game, fractured his shoulder during the first leg tie.

Abeiku Quansah picked up the shoulder injury when he was tripped in the box after the striker rounded up the Ivorian goalkeeper, Serge Akoudjou.

The player fell awkwardly on his shoulder resulting in the injury.