Ghana beat Colombia in Group A opener


The two nations, now familiar adversaries after myriad World Cup meetings at multiple age levels, duked it out over a balanced, end-to-end 90-plus minutes at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Ayo Akinola, left, scored the game's lone goal as the USA defeated Ghana in a group stage match at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup in India on Monday.

The USA finishes group play against Colombia on October 12.

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.

"But I'm happy because it's the group stage and to have taken three points in your first match, it's good, it's very good, so I'm happy for that".

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In all, Ghana have reached four out of five World Cup finals and finished third in the 1999 edition. We take it that all teams in this tournament are strong.

According to the Starlets assistant coach Nuhu Adams, Ayiah is the only doubt in the Ghana team for the "must-win" clash against United States of America at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

Emmanuel Toku created another chance for the Africans in the 73rd minute when his through into the Colombia penalty box found Eric Ayah whose attempt was blocked by Mier.

"Team Colombia is looking forward (to qualifying) for Russian Federation, but this is a World Cup for me as well. Our aim is to get to the final and win it", Fabin had said. "Credit goes to my goalkeeper and the defence, they did tremendously well", Fabin said. Maybe the key will lie in the simplistic philosophy he put forward when asked about his first impressions of Delhi, one he would no doubt sell well to his young wards.