WAFU-B U17 Championship Underway: Results, Expectations And More

Ghana is the official host of the ongoing WAFU-B 17 Championship Tournament. The competition began on Saturday June 11 with the host country losing to their opponents Nigeria by 4-2.

The coastal city of Cape Coast is the Venue for the seven-team competition of the West African Football Union WAFU (Zone B) with countries competing for honours.

Matches have been planned for the Cape Coast Stadium and Ndoum Stadium for the fourteen day exciting games.

According to Ghana’s Football Association and WAFU B President, Kurt Okraku, his outfit is invigorated over how Ghana has prepared to host the U-17 competition as most would consider to sharpen talents for the future.

He said, the stadia, training pitches, mediacl and accommodation are all at the best expectations to guarantee Ghana has a productive competition for every one of the teams playing in the tournament.

“With this we expect the players from all the seven countries to give off their best and to show that the best footballers and football is indeed from our region.” Kurt said.

WAFU B Executive Director Boureima Balima also reveled that the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has been able with planning, offering the provincial body the chance to convey a generally excellent competition.

“Since we arrived, the cooperation with the LOC has been very professional which has given us the chance to mainly focus on delivering the best organisation for the players to excel,” Balima said.

“We have been setting some of the best standards in Africa and we want to continue to by delivering the best organisation for the team to focus on playing football.

“These players are the future of African football and we will give them the platform to demonstrate that.”

Five-time title world champions Nigeria started off their campaign on Saturday with their massive win over the host country Ghana, who are also two-time winners.

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Interestingly, the Golden Eaglets are coached by Nduka Ugbade, who captained the Nigeria team that won the country’s first of five world titles.

“Our primary objective is to earn a ticket to the Africa Cup of Nations, and then we go full throttle for the trophy. Nigeria has a pedigree in U-17 football and we cannot afford to disappoint”. Ugbade expressed.

Cote d’Ivoire will play in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger with the two different sides in each group advancing to the semi-finals.

The two finalists from the competition will feature at the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Algeria ahead of schedule one year from now.

Every one of the four semi finalists in that continental competition to be played in Algeria will fit the bill for the FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Peru.

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