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13.01.2004 Football News

GFA's Five Year Development Plan on course

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Ho, Jan. 13, GNA - Mr Henry Aryee, a member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Monday re-echoed that the Association's Five Year Development Plan is on course to plunge the country back into the sporting stardom.

Speaking to the GNA Sports at the Ho Sports Stadium, venue for the current Milo sponsored under 14 and 17 National Football Fiesta, he said the novelty should be adhered to for the country to regain its lost glories and reprint its name on the football calendar.

He said the current tournament had seen a vast improvement over previous ones, "as all was being done to lay a solid foundation for juvenile football, a recipe for excellence".

He therefore, urged the general public to exercise restraint "as sooner or later we shall laugh loud".

Mr Aryee said as with all human institutions, the GFA was trying hard to make the selection processes to "near perfection" with emphasis on the under 14, 15 and 17 year categories.

"This is the only way forward to prolong the football trade of these juveniles into fame", he said.

Mr Aryee announced that a select side would be constituted to form the nucleus of the Starlets 2006 team.

Meanwhile, eight teams in the under 17 category have qualified for the quarter - final stage of the competition.

They are King Dogo of Greater Accra Region, Volta Academy form the Volta Region, Young Goldfields from the Brong Ahafo Region, Cornerstone Babies from the Ashanti Region, Zamalek from the Western Region, Anokye from the Ashanti Region, Frankfurt FC from the Eastern Region and Anokye from the Upper West Region.

Some of the results of the Under 14 matches are, Republicans from the Norther Region lost 0 - 1 to Golden Boys from the Greater Accra Region, Cornerstone Babies of Ashanti Region beat King Dogo of Greater Accra Region 2- 0.

The rest are; ABS from the Central Region beat Upper Stars of the Upper East Region 2 - 1 while Ebenezer Stars from the Volta Region lost on penalties by two goals to four to Crystal Babies of the Western Region.

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