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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, has charged the national U-17 team to fulfil the expectations of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by winning the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy.

According to Mr Asiamah, the President expects the Black Starlets to return home from India with "gold" because the Ministry of Youth and Sports has put everything in place to ensure they succeed.

"To the Black Starlets, we are proud that you have qualified for the World Cup after 10 years and this is a golden opportunity for all of us to make ourselves proud.

"Your job is to lift high the image of Ghana and make a name for yourselves," Mr Asiamah said during an interaction with members of the team last Friday at the Ghanaman Soccer School of Excellence at Prampram.

"On our part as government, everything has been put in place to ensure that you go out there, excel and conquer the world. The President himself has called me and I have briefed him about preparations made to ensure that you go out there to conquer the world.

"In Africa, you were second and we are proud of you, but in the world you are going to be first. We thank the technical team for reviving the Starlets. The President is waiting for nothing but gold from you".

He added that the Starlets success at the U-17 World Cup would be an ideal gift for the 60th-anniversary celebrations of the country.

Mr Asiamah also commended the technical team of the Starlets headed by coach Paa Kwesi Fabin, and the Management Committee chairman, Kweku Eyiah, for overseeing a superb camping at prampram.

Coach Fabin in an interview with the Graphic Sports said he had assembled talented players to help him achieve his main target, which was to return to the country with the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

"The last time we were going to Africa (CAF U-17 championship in Gabon) I said I wanted to get qualification, but this time we are aiming to win the trophy and I think I have the boys to do that".

The Starlets are expected to depart Accra on Wednesday for a three-week training tour in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, ahead of the start of the World Cup which runs from October 6-28.

They will open their campaign in Group A alongside hosts India, United States and Colombia.

|Graphic online

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