Ghana Fa reveals U-17 scouting programme

Ghana Football Association has outlined a series of activities aimed at unearthing and building a formidable team capable of restoring the country’s glory at under-17 level.

The Black Starlets have failed to qualify for the World Cup since a fourth finish at the 2007 tournament in South Korea, while the nation suffered disqualification from the 2015 Africa Under-17 Championship for fielding an overaged player during the qualifiers.

Set to unfold in four phases, the programme will begin with a nationwide tour of all ten regional capitals between January 14 and 31 to scout for players born on or after 1st January 2000.

Phase two will see selected players from the regional tour assemble in Prampram for a further two-day ‘justify your inclusion’ exercise on the 3rd and 4th of February.

Between February 5th and 7th, players from academies across the country will join players from the Airtel Rising Stars – an under-17 football tournament – for another trial in phase three.

Finally, players from phases two and three will come together for a camping exercise which is scheduled to begin on February 9. It’s from this stage that successful players would undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests to ascertain their ages.

“The MRI shall be done by two medical houses independent of each other and the results compared, to ensure the right selection is done,” a press release on the outlined activities read.

“If any player fails the MRI test, the player would be disqualified. Players who made the grade but were rejected due to numbers/positions will be put on standby and monitored and called upon should a player fail an MRI test.”

Ghana are two-time winners of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup.

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