WAFU Cup of Nations: Black Starlets coach Ben Fokuo opens up on future of players after elimination

Published on: 14 January 2021

Black Starlets head coach Ben Fokuo has lifted the lid on the future of the players after they suffered elimination from the on-going WAFU U-17 Cup of Nations in Togo.

Ghana needed only one point to make it to the next round of the competition but Ghana lost 3-1 defeat to Cote D'Ivoire to bow out.

Starlets failed to make the final of the competition for a second straight tournament after reaching the stage at Niger 2019.

"The fact that we lost doesn’t mean that the team won’t go places. Sometimes you look at the quality of players you have and it tells you that they will go places," coach Fokuo told ghanafa.org.

"If we lost a game doesn’t mean that the team won’t go places in terms of individual players.

He added, "That’s not the end for the U-17 team though we are out of the competition but we look ahead for a brighter future."

"Some of the players will still be in the U-17 team and some will progress to the U-20 and they will improve and help us win trophies."

With Ghana unable to go all the way to book qualification for the 2021 U17 Afcon in Morocco, they are set to miss out on the continental gathering for the second straight edition.

The four semi-finalists at the Afcon ought to be representing the continent at the U17 World Cup later this year but the latter tournament has been cancelled due to safety concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Ghana are two-time winners (1995 and 1999) of the U17 Afcon and two-time champions (1991 and 1995) of the U17 World Cup.

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