WAFU B U-17 Cup of Nations: 5 Black Starlets Key Players to Watch

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WAFU B U-17 Cup of Nations: 5 Black Starlets Key Players to Watch

The 2024 edition of the WAFU B U-17 Cup of Nations commenced on Wednesday, May 15, in Accra, Ghana. This prestigious tournament will be primarily held at the University of Ghana Stadium, with one game taking place at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Also, check Analyzing Ghana's Performance Against Uganda: A Comprehensive Review

The Black Starlets, Ghana's U-17 national team, will be crucial in this event. The team, under the experienced guidance of Laryea Kingston, aims to make a significant impact. Kingston, who once represented the Starlets at the U-17 World Cup, brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of youth football to the squad.

In their opening match against Cote d'Ivoire on May 15 at 16:00 GMT, the Black Starlets showcased their prowess with a 5-1 victory. This impressive start sets a positive tone for their campaign.

With Kingston announcing his 20-man squad on Tuesday, May 14, hopes are high for a triumphant return to the continental stage. Many players in this squad were part of the successful Russia tour, where Ghana won two out of three games.

Key Players to Watch

As the tournament progresses, here are five players from the Black Starlets to keep an eye on:

1. Benjamin Tsevanyo - Attacker

Benjamin Tsevanyo has been a pivotal figure for the team since his debut last year. Currently captaining the squad, Tsevanyo’s leadership on and off the field is invaluable. His performance in the UEFA U-16 Development Tournament in Serbia last year was noteworthy, and he continued to shine in Russia, scoring two of Ghana's 11 goals. His role as a forward and his experience and skill make him a crucial player for the Black Starlets.

Key Attributes:

  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Proven goal-scoring ability
  • Strong presence in attack

Benjamin Tsevanyo - Black Starlets Attacker

2. Ernest Ofori - Midfielder

Ernest Ofori, captain of the Great Somas, is another standout performer. His versatility as a midfielder allows him to excel both defensively and offensively. In Russia, Ofori scored Ghana's consolation goal against the hosts and played the entire duration of the remaining matches. His calmness on the ball and composure under pressure make him an essential part of the team's midfield.

Key Attributes:

  • Calm and composed under pressure
  • Ability to break down attacks
  • Quick and forward-thinking play


3. Michael Armah - goalkeeper

Michael Armah brings a unique confidence to the goalkeeper position. Often the unsung heroes of the team, goalkeepers rarely get the recognition they deserve. However, Armah's performances have been exceptional. His ability to play out from the back with precision and his command of aerial duels make him a reliable last line of defense for the Black Starlets.

Key Attributes:

  • Strong reflexes
  • Excellent aerial command
  • Reliable distribution skills


4. Joseph Narbi - Attacker

Joseph Narbi is another forward to watch closely. With attributes such as pace, dribbling ability, and a knack for scoring, Narbi has all the qualities needed in a top-class attacker. His performance in the UEFA tournament, where he scored twice, showcases his potential to be a game-changer for the Black Starlets.

Key Attributes:

  • High pace and dribbling skills
  • Effective in attacking the box
  • Willingness to contribute defensively

5. Abdulai Nortey - Midfielder

Abdulai Nortey, the assistant captain, is a left-footed midfielder known for his ability to dictate the tempo of the game. Playing alongside Ernest Ofori, Nortey's vision and goal-scoring capabilities add a valuable dimension to the team's midfield. Despite his strengths, he needs to improve his spatial awareness when in possession to maximize his impact.

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to control game tempo
  • Goal-scoring from midfield
  • Strong left-footed play

The Black Starlets' Strategic Outlook

With these key players, the Black Starlets are well-positioned to make a significant impact in the WAFU B U-17 Cup of Nations.

Under Laryea Kingston’s leadership, the team has demonstrated strong attacking prowess and solid defensive capabilities. The combination of experienced players and young talents creates a balanced squad capable of challenging for the title.

Training and preparation

The preparation for the tournament has been thorough, with the team engaging in a successful tour in Russia. The matches played there provided valuable experience and allowed the players to gel as a unit. This cohesion will be critical as they face tough opponents in the tournament.

Tactical Approach

Kingston's tactical approach emphasizes a blend of solid defense and quick, effective attacking transitions. Players like Tsevanyo and Narbi will be crucial in spearheading the attack, while the midfield duo of Ofori and Nortey will look to control the pace of the game and break down opposing defenses. Michael Armah’s role as a goalkeeper will be vital in maintaining the team's defensive integrity.


The WAFU B U-17 Cup of Nations presents an exciting opportunity for the Black Starlets to showcase their talents on a continental stage. With a strong squad led by experienced coach Laryea Kingston, the team is poised for success. Key players such as Benjamin Tsevanyo, Ernest Ofori, Michael Armah, Joseph Narbi, and Abdulai Nortey will play pivotal roles in their quest for glory.

Also, check Analyzing Ghana's Performance Against Uganda: A Comprehensive Review

By keeping an eye on these standout players, fans and scouts alike will witness the future stars of Ghanaian football. The Black Starlets' journey in this tournament will not only be a testament to their current abilities but also a glimpse into the promising future of Ghana's football.

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