Ghana U-17 coach plays down his team’s chances – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 13:00

Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin, the coach of Ghana’s U-17 team, has played down their chances of winning the U-17 World Cup which kicks off this weekend.

The Black Starlets will open the tournament in India by playing in the first Group A match against Colombia in New Delhi on Friday.

Ghana are two-time winners of the U-17 World Cup (1991 & 1995), though they are appearing at the global tournament for the first time since 2007.

The Black Starlets’ pedigree in the tournament and their strong showing at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year has raised hopes that they will be one of the strongest contenders.

But coach Fabin insists that his job is to develop players for the senior Black Stars side, not win trophies.

“I don’t like it when people try to put pressure on the boys,” Fabin said on GHOne TV.

“When you talk about the U-17 tournament, you’re talking about developing players for the future than aiming for the trophy.

“I was so delighted to see five of my players from the 2013 squad handed call-ups into the senior national team; it’s great, it means one thing – which is development.

“This is the notion behind what we’re building.”

Ghana will clash with Colombia at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday, kick-off at 13h30 CAT.

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Danny Jordaan rules out SA’s chances to host CHAN 2018

SAFA President, DR Danny Jordaan

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 09:30

The South African Football Association has ruled out the opportunity to host the upcoming 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament.

The announcement by SAFA president Danny Jordaan comes after the 2014 CHAN hosts were mentioned as a possible alternative to take over from Kenya.

Together with Ghana and Morocco, the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts have been touted as an alternative, but Jordaan has cooled down the talks.

Kenya was stripped off the rights to host after a visit by a CAF inspection team earlier this month where it was found that only one of the four venues was ready for the 16-team tournament.

However, the SAFA boss says the availability of players will be a stumbling block for Bafana Bafana.

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter struggled to assemble a strong team during the qualifiers after South African Premier Soccer League clubs were reluctant to release the players.

“The problem for us is the release of players‚” said Jordaan to the TimesLive website.

“It would be a fight to get a decent team and would offer few positive outcomes.”

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Disgruntled Algerian coach slams Zambian World Cup chances – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 18:00

Despite praising the Zambian squad after suffering two-back to back losses against the Chipolopolo in 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Algerian coach Lucas Alcraraz says they must rather focus on qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Spaniard reckons Zambia have no chance of securing a slot at the upcoming tournament because of the form Nigeria are in.

After the 1-1 draw against the Indomitable Lions on Monday, the Super Eagles top Group B with 10 points, three better than Chipolopolo while Cameroon have three points, two clear of Algeria who are bottom.

“Zambia has a balanced squad with a blend of youngsters but I don’t think they can make it for the World Cup in Russia,” said Alcaraz.

“I know it was an interesting result in Cameroon, which gives hope to other teams, but still the momentum is with Nigeria.

“Zambian coach Wedson Nyirenda has a good team, but I think he should concentrate on building a strong team with the focus on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

“I believe the Qatar target is attainable if they can maintain the same performance.”

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