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Soccer News of Tuesday, 11 July 2017


U-17 players need proper grooming to fulfil potentials - Odartey Lamptey

Former Ghana International Odartey Lamptey says the only way to keep this current Black Starlets squad for the future of our football is through good grooming.

The Ex Ghanaian forward has always talked about nurturing talents that can fill in at the senior level and believes the Football Association should consider grooming the players after the 2017 World Cup in India.

"The boys are good, but are we going to give them the opportunity to develop well? the problem is after the tournament we forget about these players, but what we need to do is after the tournament we need to groom them and pass them through the U20, U23 and possibly to the Black Stars."

These crop of Starlets players are tagged as one for the future with several talented players notably, Eric Ayiah and Emmanuel Toku.

They will be in action in October for the U17 World Cup in India after finishing 2nd behind Mali in the recently ended Africa U17 Youth Championship.

The Starlets have been drawn in Group A of the World Cup in October alongside host India, USA and Columbia.

The Ex Ghana International first began to attract global attention in 1991 where he led Ghana to win the FIFA U-17 World Championship after playing in the 1989 version as a 15 year old.

He won the FIFA Best Player of the tournament.