Ghana has had a rather difficult campaign at the ongoing FIFA U-17 tournament in India, because despite qualifying to the next stage of the competition, the Starlets have not played their usual flamboyant style and brand of football, and have literally labored their way into the Round of 16 stage of the competition.
The Starlets were highly tipped to make an impression at the World stage following an inspiring campaign at the Africa Youth Championship earlier this year where the team finished as losing finalists to Mali. But the limp performances have led to questions about the psyche of the players, and the head coach of the team believes selfishness, borne out of the desire to catch the eye of foreign agents and scouts is taking a toll on his squad.
Ghana are two time champions of the U-17 World Cup, but the last time they participated in the tournament was a decade ago so coach Paa Kwesi Fabin must hope his charges re-focus and attempt to recapture the glories of yesteryears.
From Sammy Heywood Okine