GFA president pledges to maintain Black Starlets team
The president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku, says his outfit will ensure that the current national U-17 players continue with their developmental agenda.
The Starlets suffered a 0-1 defeat to Burkina Faso in a semi-final encounter of the ongoing WAFU Zone B U-17 Nations Cup on Tuesday night.
The defeat ruled Ghana out of the next African U-17 Championship to be staged in Algeria, as the two finalists gain qualification to the continental competition.
However, the GFA president lauded the players for their performance and assured them of the association’s support.
“We share in your pain. You gave it your all and you gave of your best but we didn't get the result we all wanted. The developmental agenda of the GFA will continue with this group of players. This is one of the processes leading to your full development.
“You didn't get the favourable result today but your future looks bright and you will be good,” he said.
“This is not the end of the road. There are a lot of talents in this group and we will give you the support to blossom.
“We appreciate what you have done. Your efforts and hard work will pay off one day,” Mr Okraku added.
Ghana will play against Côte d’Ivoire in a third place playoff on Friday, before the final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso on Saturday.