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Soccer News of Monday, 27 August 2007

Source: GNA

Starlets arrive for crucial encounter against Brazil

(From Caesar Abagali, GNA Special Correspondent in Gwangyang, South Korea)

Gwangyang (SK), Aug. 27, GNA - The National U-17 team, the Black Starlets arrived in Gwangyang, South Korea, venue for their crucial encounter against Brazil on Wednesday to decide who plays in the quarter finals.

The confident-looking players and officials left Ulsan their last base, where they defeated Colombia on Monday morning around 11:00 o'clock Korea time by bus to their new venue.

Enthusiastic Korean fans waved at and cheered the bus as it moved out of the city, a sign of support for Ghana to beat Brazil on Wednesday.

The Starlets are to be hosted in the same hotel with Brazil, Nigeria and Colombia, who according to Sports analysts in Korea are all strong teams but tipped Ghana as favourites against Brazil.

Mr. Kim Ju Ik, a soccer fan told the GNA Sports on the way to Gwangyang that it was a 50-50 chance between Ghana and Brazil but that he had the strong feeling that Ghana would defeat the South Americans.

"We know Ghana as 'Brazil of Africa'. So if two Brazil's are meeting it would be difficult to predict unless after the 90 minutes," he said.

"I watched both Brazil and Ghana in this tournament and Ghana is the best but they don't take their chances. I think if they are able to score early it would be better for them." He added.

On the match against Nigeria and Colombia Mr. Ik said Nigeria would walk over Colombia and tipped Ghana against Nigeria for the finals on September 9. 27 Aug. 07

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