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10 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • They draw confidence from their performance in this year's CAF Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations ahead of their opening contest against Colombia here on Friday

However, former Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup victor Sellas Tetteh believes Ghana side struggled during the clash because they do not have a "play-maker".

When Colombia and Ghana came out for the first such press scrum at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi ahead of the U-17 World Cup's opening day, things were no different: bursts of music from dress rehearsals, errant microphones, over-eager photographers stepping up to take pictures. There were a few scrambles at the Ghana goal-mouth towards the end of the match but Colombia could not find the equaliser.

"The injury situation is very mild, it's only Eric who has an issue but it is not too serious", coach Adams stated in an interview (below).

"But today was a tough match for both teams".

Coach Orlando Restrepo was asked as to what was the mood in the camp before they play their first game in the world youth competition.

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Salim Abdourahmane struck Niger's goal in the 59th minute to seal the win. Colombia on the other have had their best finish at number four, twice in the tournament, before.

"I don't think any African team has taken over from us".

With the man advantage, the USA put its foot on the ball, maintained possession and saw out six minutes of injury time to claim an impressive three points and go top of the Group A standings.

The USA had beaten India in the opener on Friday, with Durkin, Josh Sargent and Andrew Carleton scoring the goals in the 3-0 rout.

The tie will be live at 11.30am on free-to-air channels GTV Sports Plus and Kwese Free Sports as well as on pay television channel Star-Times.

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