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15.02.2007 Football News

Ashgold Release Players To Starlets

The management of Ashantigold SC has agreed to release two of their players to join the national U-17 team, Black Starlets, in Egypt after today's league game against Heart of Lions at Kpando.

Starlets head coach, Fred Osam-Duodu, made a request to Ashantigold to release Sadick Adams and Daniel Opare for national duty after the club's CAF Champions League return leg with Renacimiento of Equatorial Guinea.

The Chief Executive of the club, Mr Kudjoe Fianoo, who disclosed the players' release to the Daily Graphic yesterday, promised to hand over the players' passports to the Protocol Officer of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) yesterday.

According to him, that was to enable the GFA to secure the Egyptian visa for the players ahead of time.

He explained that though the two players could have left for Egypt earlier, the club had no alternative but to feature Sadick Adams in particular in today's match, following the sudden injury of Opoku Agyeman in last Sunday's match against Renacimiento.

Coach Osam-Duodu expects Sadick and Opare to train with their colleagues for at least two weeks before the Starlets wrap up their current training tour of Egypt on March 1.

On February 26, the Starlets coach is scheduled to leave Egypt for Barcelona with Sadick and his co-Starlets striker, Nathaniel Asamoah, for Africa All-Star XI's two-leg thriller with their European counterparts on February 27 and March 1.

Meanwhile, the Starlets have won two matches so far against Division One clubs at their Ismailia base. They thrashed Karada Ismailia 4-1 in the first match last Wednesday before subduing another team 2-0 two days later.

Story by Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo