Ghana national under-17 football team

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Ghana Under 17
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Black Starlets
Association Ghana Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Ghana Paa Kwasi Fabin
FIFA code GHA
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ghana 1 - 1  Nigeria
(Accra, Ghana; 10 August 1986)
Biggest win
 Ghana 7 - 0  Tunisia
(Bamako, Mali; 20 May 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Angola 3 - 1  Ghana
(Gaborone, Botswana; 18 May 1997)
 Ghana 0 - 2  Nigeria
(Lomé, Togo; 17 March 2007)
 Ghana 1 - 6  Nigeria
(Marrakech, Morocco; 14 April 2013)
African Under-17 Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 1995)
Best result Winners, 1995, 1999
Ghana national under-17 football team
Medal record
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Gold 1991 Italia Team
Gold 1995 Ecuador Team
Silver 1993 Japan Team
Silver 1997 Egypt Team
Bronze 1999 New Zealand Team

Ghana national U-17 football team known as the Black Starlets, is the youngest team that represents Ghana in football. They are two-time FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions in 1991 and 1995 and a two-time Runner-up in 1993 and 1997. Ghana has participated in eight of the 12 World Cup events starting with their first in Scotland 1989 through dominating the competition in the 1990s where at one-time they qualified for 4 consecutive World Cup finals in Italia 1991, Japan 1993, Ecuador 1995 and Egypt 1997 to their most recent participation in South Korea 2007 where they lost the World Cup Semi final 1-2 to Spain in Extra Time.

They have also won the African Under-17 Championship two-times in 1995 and 1999 and were Runners-up in 2005 as well.

Superb young players[edit]

The Ghana U-17 national team is known as The Riley Goon Squad. A couple of Ghana's U-17 players have won the FIFA Golden Ball award: Nii Odartey Lamptey in 1991 and Daniel Addo in 1993. In the 1999 FIFA U-17, Ghanaian striker Ishmael Addo won the Golden Shoe award. Former Ghana U-17 and National Team Coach, Otto Pfister, a FIFA instructor, who led Ghana's U-17 squad to its first World Championship title in 1991, once remarked to FIFA Magazine that "Ghana has superb young players". At each of the first four FIFA World Under-17 held, Ghana reached the final each time, winning the title twice and finishing in second place twice. In 2007, youngster Ransford Osei won the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup Silver Boot for being the second highest scorer at the Tournament in South Korea.

What makes Ghana's footballers so dominant in their age group? FIFA Magazine[1] asked Otto Pfister. Football is not simply the most popular sport in this part of Africa, it is an absolute religion, he said. This is the way the game is regarded in Ghana. Young boys here think about football 24 hours a day and play for at least eight - whether on clay, rough fields or dusty streets. They develop their skills naturally, without any specific training, and end up with superb technique and ability on the ball. They are also fast and tricky, and can feint well with their bodies. Africa and South America have by far the best young footballers in the world - on a technical level they are superb. And technique is what it takes to make a good player.

What else goes towards making Ghana so strong? Otto Pfister continues; In Africa there is often only one way for many young lads to escape from poverty and to make their way up the social scale - football. Youngsters want to become stars and to play in a top European league. That is their main aim and they will do anything to achieve it. Let me give you an example: While I was coaching in Ghana I once told my team to be ready for training at three o'clock in the morning. At half past two they were all assembled and ready to go. They want to learn and they want to play for the national team. They know that in their country a national team player is a hero and enjoys a level of prestige that is not comparable to that in Europe. Another positive point for young players in Ghana is that there are many good coaches in the country who help develop the available talent and above all want to let them play. This policy pays off.[2] Today, many Ghanaian youngsters are in G14 Club Academies in Europe.

African U-17 controversies[edit]

2003 U-17 Qualifiers[edit]

On another note, two controversial incidents in Africa has prevented Ghana from adding to their two African U-17 trophies. On February 14, 2003, the Kenya Sports Minister Najib Balala disbanded their National U-17 team, claiming that 40% of the players who eliminated Ghana in the first round had been over-age; he sought to have Ghana re-instated and apologised to FIFA. CAF did not re-instate Ghana, but they did ban Kenya for two years from all CAF's age competition for fielding those over-age players.

2005 African U-17 Final[edit]

On May 23, 2005, Ghana played Gambia in the 2005 edition of the African U-17 Championship final. With the game deadlocked at 0-0, an 11 years old Gambian fan ran from the Stands onto the pitch, entered the Ghana goal area and dove into the net, distracting the Ghana goalkeeper Michael Addo in front of all CAF dignitaries, the Gambian President and a sell-out Stadium. Gambia scored on that play, Ghana protested, but the controversial goal stood and Gambia won their first trophy on that "goal". The "fan" was later revealed to be the now U-17 captain, Liam Riley, who was displaying his anger at not being selected for the Gambian squad.

Current squad[edit]

Ghana[edit]

Head coach: Ghana Paa Kwesi Fabin

Squad that played in the 2013 African U-17 Championship from 13 – 27 April 2013.

No. Pos. Player Date of Birth (age) Club
1 1GK Ali Mohammed Coleman
16 1GK Lawrence Ati
20 1GK Emmanuel Anning
10 3MF Nahid Khamis
3 2DF Patrick Kojo Asmah
4 2DF William Dankyi
5 2DF Mohamed Hassan
13 2DF Yakubu Mohammed
14 2DF Hamza Hamidu
19 2DF Kingsley Fobi
6 3MF Gideon Waja
7 3MF Appiah MacCarthy
8 3MF Caleb Gomina
11 3MF Paul Asare De-Vries
12 3MF Yaw Yeboah
13 3MF David Atanga
15 3MF Thomas Agyapong
17 3MF Zakaria Mumuni
18 3MF Emmanuel Oti Essigba
9 4FW Emmanuel Boateng
10 4FW Benjamin Tetteh

Previous squad[edit]

Squad that played Zambia in the 2011 African U-17 Championship qualifier on 11 September 2010.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tijani Musah -- -- --
2 2DF Isaac Afoakwa -- -- --
3 2DF Abdul Rahman -- -- --
4 2DF Enock Kwakwa -- -- --
5 2DF Clancy Konadu -- -- --
6 3MF Baba Mensah -- -- --
7 3MF Prince Bello Adiko -- -- --
8 3MF Adjei Boateng Bismark -- -- --
9 3MF Andrew Bergmans -- -- --
10 4FW John Nyamekye (Vice-captain) -- -- --
11 4FW Asamoah Benjamin -- -- --
12 3MF Ali Calga Gibrine -- -- --
13 2DF William Benuasin -- -- --
14 2DF dwayne headley -- -- --
15 4FW Isaac Bonney -- -- --
16 1GK Baba Musah -- -- --
17 3MF Ibrahim Mohammed -- -- --
18 4FW Isaac Hagan -- -- --
19 2DF Hamza Zakari (captain) -- -- --
20 3MF Bio Samuel -- -- --
21 4FW Chris Borteye -- -- --
22 1GK Derrick Mensah -- -- --
23 2DF Godsway Kpodo -- -- --

Technical Team[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin  Ghanaian
Assistant Coach Opeele Boateng.  Ghanaian
Goalkeeping Coach  Ghanaian
Team Doctor Dr. Andrews Ayim  Ghanaian
Physiotherapist Jonathan Quartey  Ghanaian
Welfare Officer Emmanuel N. Dasoberi  Ghanaian
Equipment Officer John Ackon  Ghanaian

Competitive Record[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup Record[edit]

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA GD
China 1985 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Canada 1987 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Scotland 1989 First round 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1
Italy 1991 Champions 6 4 2* 0 8 3 +5
Japan 1993 Runners-up 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11
Ecuador 1995 Champions 6 6 0 0 13 4 +9
Egypt 1997 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 14 5 +9
New Zealand 1999 Third Place 6 4 2* 0 19 5 +14
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Finland 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Peru 2005 First round 3 0 3 0 3 3 0
South Korea 2007 Semi finals 7 4 0 3 13 9 +4
Nigeria 2009 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 2013 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 8/15 43 27 10 6 86 35 +51
Overall U17 Record
FIFA U17 World Cup Record GP W D L GF GA GD Success
U17 World Cup Finals 43 27 10 6 86 35 +51 74.42%
U17 Africa Quals/ Finals 58 38 8 12 108 44 +64 72.41%
U17 Total 101 65 18 18 194 80 +115 73.42%

FIFA U17 World Cup Record by team

Ghana versus GP W D* L GF GA GD Succ.
 Spain 5 2 2 1 6 5 +1 60%
 Brazil 5 3 1* 1 9 7 +2 70.00%
 Japan 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Cuba 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 75%
 Bahrain 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 50%
 Mexico 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 100%
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 100%
 United States 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Oman 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 100%
 Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 75%
 Scotland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 50%
 Ecuador 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Portugal 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Argentina 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 50%
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 7 1 +6 100%
 Qatar 1 0 1* 0 0 0 0 50%
 Italy 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Australia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
 Chile 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100%
 Peru 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 75%
 China PR 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 50%
 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0%
 Germany 2 0 0 2 3 5 -2 0%
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100%
 Colombia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
Total 43 27 10 6 86 35 +51 74.42%

*Denotes draws including the 1991 & 1999 Semi-Final matches decided on penalty kicks v Qatar (4-2p) & Brazil (2-4p).

Team honours[edit]

1991, 1995
1993, 1997
1995, 1999
2005

Awards[edit]

Golden Shoe[edit]

Tournament FIFA Golden Shoe Award Player
New Zealand 1999 Golden Shoe Award Ghana Ishmael Addo
Italy 1991 Silver Shoe Award Ghana Nii Lamptey
South Korea 2007 Silver Shoe Award Ghana Ransford Osei
Egypt 1997 Bronze Shoe Award Ghana Owusu Afriyie

Golden Ball[edit]

Tournament FIFA Golden Ball Winner
Italy 1991 Ghana Nii Lamptey
Japan 1993 Ghana Daniel Addo

Famous players[edit]

The following list consist of previous Ghana U-17 national team players who have won or were influential at the FIFA U-17 World Cup with the Ghana U-17 national team or the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Ghana U-20 national team, and those who were part of the Ghana U-23 national team that won the Bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. The list also includes the players who have graduated from the Ghana U-20 national team and gone on to represent the senior Ghana national team at the FIFA World Cup or African Cup of Nations:

Famous Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Superb Young Players". fifa.com. 2001-09-01. Retrieved 2001-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Ghana: talented players as far as the eye can see". fifa.com. 2004-09-17. Archived from the original on 2004-10-27. Retrieved 2004-09-17. 
  3. ^ Blackstarlets.www.ghanafa.org.
  4. ^ Blackstarlets. www.ghanafa.org.