By Eric Yaw Donkoh

Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party [NPP] and Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, Honorable Mike Oquaye Jr. has advised the Black Starlets to put away any shred of fear as they come up against Mali in the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.

The Eaglets [Mali] beat Ghana in the finals of the African Youth Championship in Gabon to win the ultimate but Hon. Mike Oquaye insist the Black Starlets must exorcise any fear and beat the African champions this time.

“This time we are going to beat Mali. African champions or no African champions, no shaking, we are not afraid of them,” the learned lawyer confidently told the team as they respond with loud claps.

Hon. Mike Oquaye also advised the players to bear in mind that they are ambassadors of Ghana and must act accordingly.

Eric Ayiah of Ghana looks on
Eric Ayiah of Ghana looks on
“You are ambassadors of Ghana. You are flying the flag of Ghana very high. You are making every young Ghanaian want to be in your shoes so use this opportunity to do something great for your country.”

Honorable Mike Oquaye further reiterated that the Black Starlets must try and give their best on Saturday as they face their West African counterpart in Guwahati.

“If you win the next match, to God be the glory, but even if you lose, we want you to know we still love you. We just want to see that you did your best and your best was enough,” he noted.

The 2015 runners-up [Mali] holds the record as not only the most creative side of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, but also as the highest scoring team of the tournament, scoring thirteen [13] goals on the road.

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