Only four teams were left standing at the end of the group phase of the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 and in October, the quartet of Ghana; Guinea; Mali and Niger will carry the hope of the continent to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
Ahead of the Semi-final matches on Wednesday, CAFOnline.Com asked the Ghana coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabian about his experiences so far as well as expectations in the coming days and months below:
What has been your experience at the Total U-African Cup of Nations Gabon 2017?
SF: It has been a wonderful experience learning contrasting styles of play. Getting to know other coaches It’s been a wonderful experience and we’ve enjoyed our football.
Which players have impressed you so much at this tournament and why did you pick him?
SF: Lots of the players have impressed. I can’t single out any player but the talent on display has been amazing. I don’t know the names of the other players but lot of them have really impressed including (our own players) Emmanuel Toku, Eric Ayiah, Razak Yussif and Danlad Ibrahim of Ghana.
What are your chance in the semi-final match and what do you think about your opponent?
SF: We respect our opponents. Our chance of progressing to the final is very bright. We are happy they’ve qualified together with us. We played two friendlies with them as part of our preparations for this competition. We learnt a lot from them. Though We beat them in both matches We know they now know our team as we know them but a semi-final match is not the same as a friendly so we are leaving no stones unturned. So, our chances are bright. We know them and they also know so I think it will be an interesting match.
What target will you set for your team in India?
SF: To win the World Cup and enjoy playing Ghana’s brand of football.
What have you enjoyed most since you came into Gabon?
SF: The hospitality; AND warmth of the Gabonese and their appreciation of good football.