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‘We’re ready for every country’ – Laryea Kingston after U17 WAFU draw

Head coach of the Black Starlets, Laryea Kingston says his side is ready for the 2024 U17 WAFU Zone B after the draw for the tournament was done in Ivory Coast on Friday.

The draw, conducted in the vibrant city of Abidjan, placed Ghana alongside football powerhouses Ivory Coast and Benin in Group A.

However, despite the formidable opponents, Kingston maintains a respectful, yet determined attitude towards the tournament’s challenges.

“We respect every country that will be playing at the tournament. Each participant is a potential winner. So, we respect everyone. But we’re ready,” Kingston affirmed in an exclusive statement to

His words reflect the essence of sportsmanship and the acknowledgment of the diverse talent pool within the region.

With the tournament scheduled to kick off on May 15th and run through to May 28th, all eyes will be on Accra, Ghana, as the host nation for this exciting event.

As the birthplace of football legends and a hotbed for emerging talent, Accra promises an electrifying atmosphere for players and fans alike.

Preparations for the Black Starlets have been meticulous, with Kingston emphasizing the importance of readiness both mentally and physically.

“The technical team and the players are all ready for the tournament. And we’ll take it a match at a time,” he emphasized, underlining the team’s focus on approaching each game with unwavering determination and dedication.

The U17 WAFU Zone B Tournament not only serves as a platform for showcasing youthful prowess but also as a pathway for nurturing future stars who may one day grace the world stage.

With Ghana’s rich football heritage and a coach like Laryea Kingston at the helm, the Black Starlets are poised to make their mark and etch their names in the annals of football history.

As the countdown to kickoff begins, football enthusiasts across the region eagerly await the spectacle that promises thrills, skills, and unforgettable moments.

For Ghana and its passionate football supporters, the dream of glory on home soil is within reach, and the journey begins with the first whistle in Accra.


Daraja Kapoor

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