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WAFU Zone B U17 Cup of Nations: We want Black Starlets to replicate what the Satellites did – LOC NWAFU U17 Cup of Nations – LOC Chair

The head of the local organizing committee for the WAFU U17 Cup of Nations, Gideon Fosu, says the recent 13th African Games can serve as a blueprint for success in hosting and winning the 2024 U-17 Boys Cup of Nations in May.

Ghana, the host nation, will compete against Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, and reigning champions Nigeria in the upcoming tournament.

Reflecting on the African Games, Fosu sees an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and build on successes.

He emphasizes the need to extract positives and address shortcomings to ensure a successful event that showcases the best of Africa.

Drawing inspiration from previous national teams’ achievements, Fosu stresses the importance of hosting and winning.

“I think what the African games present to us as a committee is to take the positives from the African games and also to learn from the negatives and make sure we correct them as we also try to host a part of Africa.

“We have picked up a lot of lessons from the African games and we are seeking to have an improved version of what we all witnessed in Ghana.

“So, as always, the ‘host and win’ mantra has always been with us. We are drawing inspiration from the Black Satellites and Black Princesses and so it will mean that the u17 team led by Laryea Kingston will try to emulate what the lads have done so it’s certainly going to be a host and win.”

The tournament, scheduled for May 15–29, 2024, in Accra, Ghana, will not only determine the WAFU Zone B champion but also serve as qualifiers for the U17 African Cup of Nations.

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