Ghana U17 male team, the Black Starlets will face arch-rivals Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire in the qualifiers for next year’s U17 AFCON.
The Confederation of African Football has redesigned the format of the qualifying tournament.
The U17 qualifiers will now be played on zonal basis after which a final tournament will be staged in Tanzania.
Nigeria will thus have to first slug it out of their West African zone, which has dominated this age-grade with the likes of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire even holding their own at the world stage. Nigeria are in CAF Zone West B, which also has Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Niger, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.
Most of the qualifiers will kick off after the 2018 World Cup in Russia in June. In the meantime, the first phase of the Eaglets Class of 2019 screening will end tomorrow in Abuja after coach Manu Garba has run his rule on 50 invited players from last year’s Zenith Bank U15 Championship.