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14.06.2007 Football News

2nd Batch Of Starlets Off To Korea

Black Starlets defender, Mohammed Nortey Tetteh, was scheduled to leave for South Korea by Emirates Airlines yesterday evening together with four officials of the national Under-17 soccer team.

Nortey Tetteh, latest discovery from African United, is Coach Fred Osam-Duodu's favourite in the central defence where he combines effectively with All Blacks' Sumaila Mohammed.

Members of the technical team who were left behind are Joseph Carr (Goalkeepers' Trainer), Arthur Morrison (Physiotherapist), Robert Goodi (Equipment Manager) and Charles Ayitey Taylor (Fitness Instructor).

The five could not travel with the team which left for South Korea last Tuesday due to flight problems.

Explaining the issue to the Daily Graphic yesterday, the Chairman of the Starlets Management Committee, Mr Awuah Nyamekye, said the five were left behind because their booking could not be confirmed.

He, however, expressed the hope that the final batch would join their colleagues in good time before the Starlets play Haiti in the opening Group A match of the eight-nation pre-World Cup tournament on Saturday. Other group mates are Brazil and South Korea.

He perceived the mini tournament to be a learning process for the Starlets and therefore urged Ghanaians not to expect so much from the boys.

According to him, it will not be of any use if the Starlets won the eight-nation tournament and flopped at the World Cup proper in South Korea next August.

He was optimistic that with the necessary conditioning, the Starlets could go places.

Ghana has been drawn in Group F of the 24-nation World Cup alongside Germany, Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago.