Ghana beat Colombia in Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup opener

Doug Mendoza
October 10, 2017

However, former Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup victor Sellas Tetteh believes Ghana side struggled during the clash because they do not have a "play-maker".

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team put together an excellent showing to take control of Group A at the 2017 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup thanks to Ayo Akinola's 75 minute strike that earned the US a hard fought 1-0 win against Ghana.

The West Africans got their tournament off to a strong start when they defeated Colombia 1-0 in their Group A opener on Friday, with Sadiq Ibrahim scoring the only goal of the game.

Ghana came in much organised and more determined in the second half which made them open up the tight United States defense on some occasions but Sadiq Ibrahim and Emmanuel Toku, in particular could not make them count. Ghana had to face the first defeat in two games.

Ghana tried to find the equaliser, but USA's dogged defence could not be breached as they become the first team to make it to the knock-out stage.

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India lose to Colombia in Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup
India scored their first goal in the Under-17 World Cup but the Colombians ended up winning 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. We have to be on our toes all throughout and have to focus on the task at hand. "We will play to win.

This time around, they are entering the tournament on the back of some very impressive performances in the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.

"In India, we'll be out to show we're the best. Facilities are fantastic, but we hope we get used to the food before the end of the competition", Kwasi said.

Fabin said that they must be more clinical in front of the goal.

It's a long way to the final on October 28, but Kwasi has already set his sights on the title, having tipped his team to go all the way ever since the draw ceremony in Mumbai in July.

"For me, I see (that) the weather here is just like Ghana. So we are right at home".

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