Black Starlets Ghana return to U-17 World Cup after 10-year absence

The Ghanaians thrashed hosts Gabon 5-0 in their second group game at the Africa U-17 Championship

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play The Black Starlets hae qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India
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Ghana is back in the FIFA U-17 World Cup after missing the last three editions.

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The Black Starlets demolished hosts Gabon 5-0 in their second group game at the 2017 Africa U-17 Championship on Wednesday night to qualify for the semi final of the 8-team tournament, a feat that qualifies them for the World Cup.

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play The Starlets have scored nine times in two games to qualify for the semi-final of the 2017 Africa Cup, a feat that qualifies them for the 2017 World Cup


At the Stade de Port Gentil, a brace each from Eric Ayiah and man-of-the-match Emmanuel Toku, complemented by a goal from substitute Patmos Arhin, made sure coach Paa Kwesi Fabin's exciting boys qualified for the 2017 World Cup to be hosted by India in October.

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The Starlets, who have scored nine goals in two games without conceding, are currently two points clear in Group A.

They play Guinea in their last group game in Libreville on Saturday May 20.

play Starlets celebrate returning to the World Cup for the first time since 2007


Eric Ayiah, the team's 17-year-old striker who plays at Ghana second tier side Charity Stars, is now the tournament's top scorer with five goals in two games.

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Ghana, two-time World Cup champions (1991 and 1995), last played in the World Cup in 2007, when they placed fourth in South Korea.

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