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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Ghana name strong 21-man squad to end 22-year trophy drought

New Delhi: India's Group A opponents and title contenders Ghana have named a strong 21-man squad for next month's FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

The Black Starlets boss Paa Kwesi Fabin has strengthened his squad with seven new players who were not part of their campaign in the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.

Among the squad are seven players from Ghana Premier League clubs with the rest of them playing for lower tier sides.

 FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Ghana name strong 21-man squad to end 22-year trophy drought

Ghana players celebrate after sealing qualification to the U-17 World Cup. Image courtesy: ghanafa.org

Ghana, two-time champions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991 and 1995, are looking to end their 22-year trophy drought in a tricky group. They are placed in Group A along with hosts India, Colombia and United States of America.

They play their first group match against Colombia in the tournament opener on 6 October at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

This will be Ghana's ninth appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and are one of the favourites considering their performance in the CAF qualifiers.

Besides the two titles, they have finished runners-up twice (1993 and 1997) while finishing third in the 1999 edition.

Ghana Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ibrahim Danlad, Michael Acquaye, Kwame Aziz.

Defenders: Najeeb Yakubu, Gideon Mensah, Bismark Terry Owusu, Edmund Arko-Mensah, Abdul Razak Yusif, Gideon Acquah, Rashid Alhassan, John Otu.

Midfielders: Isaac Gyamfi, Gabriel Leveh, Ibrahim Sulley, Mohammed Kudus, Emmanuel Toku, Mohammed Iddriss.

Strikers: Eric Ayiah, Richard Danso, Mohammed Aminu, Ibrahim Sadiq.

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Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 18:13:02 IST

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