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20.03.2007 Football News

Tomorrow`s U-17 semi-final duels STARLETS TO MAKE AMENDS

By (ghanaian-chronicle)

AFTER BOWING 2-0 in their last group game against bitter foes Nigeria in the African U-17 championship last Saturday, Ghana's Black Starlets come face to face with destiny when they face host country, Togo in the first semi-final clash at the Kegue Stadium tomorrow.

And whether destiny will claim the Ghanaians or not will depend on the outcome of the expected uncompromising clash.

For Ghana's Coach, Osam Duodu and charges, their defeat to their Nigerian counterparts was timely to put their house in order ahead of the semi-final battle.

In a post-match interview with the Ghanaian Coach last Saturday on CAF's website, Coach Osam sounded positive to go past the host country to make it to the grand finale where they will meet the winner of the Nigeria-Tunisia game.

Undoubtedly, the Young Hawks appear buoyed up by the likely heavy presence of their fanatic home crowd to sour above the Starlets to book a grand finale ticket.

But that mission will not be achieved on a silver platter taking into account the Ghanaians pedigree in the terrain and their quest to win the ultimate, a feat which slipped through their fingers under a bizarre circumstance two years ago in The Gambia.

In the second semi-final encounter at the same venue, Group B leaders, Nigeria's Golden Eaglets will cross swords with their Tunisian compatriots in a game likely to favour the Nigerians, having gone past three games with an unblemished record.