Ghana U17 coach fumes at CAF format: Africa has opted for quantity and not quality

Ghana U17 coach Karim Zito is the latest to slam CAF for the new qualifying format for the Africa Junior Championships. The Black Starlets lost to arch rivals Nigeria in the finals of the WAFU Zone B tournament in Niger on Saturday. This defeat sees Nigeria qualify to next year’s U-17 Africa Cup tournament at the expense of Ghana. CAF has earlier this year changed the mode of qualification to the Africa Junior Championships from and all-play-all qualifiers into zonal tournaments. In this new format, only the winners of the zonal…

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Defeated Ghana U17 expected back home Sunday morning

The Ghana U17 team is expected back in Ghana on Sunday morning following their defeat in the finals of the WAFU Zone B tournament. The Black Starlets lost in the penalty shootouts to arch rivals Nigeria in the finals played on Saturday. This was after the game had ended 1-1 in regulation time. The defeat means Ghana will not be at the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup finals to be staged in Tanzania. It also means the Black Starlets have also lost a chance to play at the World Cup. The defeated…

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Ghana U17 coach not blaming players after painful defeat to Nigeria

Ghana U17 coach Karim Zito has refused to blame his players over the WAFU Zone B final defeat to Nigeria on Saturday. The Black Starlets were dreadful in the penalty shootouts as they lost 3-1 to their arch rivals after the game had ended 1-1 in regulation time. This defeat sees Nigeria win the WAFU Zone B tournament and also qualifies them to next year’s Africa Junior Championships in Tanzania at the expense of Ghana. Zito’s charges looked primed to win the qualifying tournament in Niger when they took the…

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Match Report: Starlets fail to make Tanzania 2019 AFCON after 3-1 PSO defeat to Nigeria

The Black Starlets lost 3-1 on penalty shootout to the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria and failed to qualify for the Tanzania 2019 CAF U17 Africa Cup of Nations as Nigeria win the West Zone B qualifying group in Niger. The tense final ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and penalty shootouts, per the tournament regulations, followed immediately to break the tie. Only left back Adade Ebenezer scored his kick as skipper Alhassan Uzair, Sampson Agyapong all failed to convert their efforts as the Golden Eaglets scored three of their four attempts….

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Atanga registers incredible hat trick of assists in German second tier game

The former Ghana U20 international player was at his creative best on Saturday. The 21-year old produced a masterclass performance providing three assists to his Greuther Furth teammates to score in a 4-1 win over Holstein Kiel on Saturday during Round 5 of the 2018/19 2.Bundesliga season.  The Ghanaian professional footballer is on loan at the German club from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. Atanga assisted Japanese Yosuke Ideguchi with an incredible back-heel pass in the 60th minute as Greuther went 2-0 up. The Ghanaian showed pure class when he…

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Starlets handed major blow as Abdul Samed starts from bench in Nigeria final

The first choice left back has started all of Ghana’s games at the Niger qualifying tournament helping the team reach the final. But the talented full-back  is forced to start from bench despite declaring himself fit for the final match against Nigeria. The Still Believe FC player has been so influential for the Ghana U17 team in Niger and beamed with confidence ahead ahead of the Nigeria cracker but it seems Karim Zito and the Starlets technical handlers don’t want to take risk as Adade Ebenezer replaces Samed in the…

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Skipper Uzair returns to Ghana U-17 starting XI for crunch final against Nigeria today

Black Starlets captain Alhassan Uzair has won the fitness battle to be named in Karim Zito’s starting line-up to face Nigeria in a crunch final today. The skipper missed the semifinals against Ivory Coast due to sickness. But Left back Abdul Samed of Still Believe FC misses out due to an arm injury and his place has been taken by Adade Ebenezer. This afternoon’s final match for the West Zone B group is an ultimate berth decider for 2019 CAF U17 AFCON to be staged in Tanzania. Only the winner…

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“Golden Boy” questions why ex footballers aren’t part of Normalisation committee

Former Black Stars and Kumasi Asante Kotoko player Abdul Karim Razak has stated that naming a normalization committee without an ex footballer on it is not the right decision. Kofi Amoah (president), Lucy Quist (Vice president), Duah Adonteng and Naa Odofoley Nortey were named as members of the normalization committee by FIFA on Friday. “Golden boy” as he is affectionately called implores that a proper reforms can’t be done without including an ex footballer on the committee. ” You can’t do any proper reforms without including any ex footballer. I…

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FIFA has exposed member associations to governmental attacks – Kofi Manu

Experienced administrator Kofi Manu believes FIFA has opened its member associations up for attacks by governments over its handling of the situation in Ghana. The world football governing body on Thursday announced a four-member Normalization Committee for the Ghana FA. This was the first significant attempt to restore the GFA to calm after months of anarchy following an expose of alleged widespread corruption amongst referees and high ranking officials. The expose infuriated the general public and led government into initiating legal action seeking to dissolve the GFA. Executive Committee members…

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Ghana U17 coach reveals plan to beat Nigeria

Ghana U17 coach Karim Zito says he has mapped out a good strategy to beat Nigeria on Saturday to win the WAFU Zone B Africa Cup qualifying tournament. The Black Starlets come up against their arch rivals in the grand finale in Niamey. Ghana remains the only undefeated side at the competition having won two and drawn one in the three games it has played thus far. But Nigeria will be starting as favourites particularly due to their size superiority. Coach Zito however believes he has worked out a game…

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