Ex-Ghana youth star, Bashiru Gambo, has warned the Black Starlets to be wary of the host India in today’s (2:30GMT) Group A final game in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Black Starlets need a win to qualify to the next stage of the competition.
And Gambo has advised coach Paa Kwesi Fabin to talk to his charges not to underrate the Indians.
“Same goes to their captain [Eric] Ayiah, he needs to gather his teammates and ask them their purpose of playing in the tournament, what do Ghanaians expect from them at the end of the competition, and also let them understand that they shouldn’t think about playing to earn contract abroad. I believe if coach Fabin or Ayiah ask them these questions, the boys will rethink about the position they find themselves in and give off their best against India and in the subsequent games. The talent is there but they’re not playing as a team and that cost us in the last game against USA,” he said.
“India is not a country that Ghana should be afraid of in terms of playing football. On paper, the score line should 5-0 or 6-0 in favour of Ghana but football has evolved and there are no minnows, hence we should not underrate them. In their first match against USA, they were poor but they shook the footballing world with their performance in the loss against Colombia so we should be very cautious and take serious.”
Gambo was part of Ghana’s team that won the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup after beating Brazil 3-2.