The Ghana national U-17 football team known as the Black Starlets, won their opening game against Colombia in the 2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup Group A fixture at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Stadium in New Dehli, India.
Ibrahim Sadiq’s tab-in 39th minute into the first half separated the two sides. Ghana’s next game is on October 9, against USA.
Ghana, two-time champions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, are looking to end their 22-year trophy drought in a tricky group.
The Black Starlets are placed in Group A along with hosts India, Colombia and United States of America. This is Ghana’s ninth appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and are one of the favourites considering their performance in the CAF qualifiers.
The Colombian U17 team are also staging their fifth appearance in the competition. The Starlets won the FIFA U-17 World Cup twice – in 1991 and 1995 under the stewardship of German coach Otto Pfister and the late Ghanaian Coach Sam Arday.
The last time the Black Starlets played in the World Cup was in 2007 when South Korea hosted the tourney, Ghana placed 4th.
Early this year in May, the Black Starlets were pipped by the defending champions in their quest to lift the U-17 AFCON trophy for the first time in eighteen years. Ghana suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Mali in the final of the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon