Ghana, Colombia kick off proceedings in capital
New Delhi: A face-off befitting the tournament's stature will kick off the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the capital here on Friday, as Ghana's pedigree meets Colombia's pomp in an unfamiliar territory.
Two-time champions Ghana are seeking to revive their fortunes in the tournament, having last won it way back in 1995, when they stunned a Brazilian outfit that had the likes of Julio Cesar in its ranks.
Four years before that, the Ghanians shattered Spain's dream in the summit showdown in 1991 for the African nation's maiden triumph in the youth tournament.
Though Ghana could not quite conjure up the same magic, which saw them lift two titles, in the following years, they still managed to reach the final on two occasions.
This time around, they are entering the tournament on the back of some very impressive performances in the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.
Ghana's oponents, Colombia, are normally among the top four South American footballing nations alongside Brazil and Argentina, but they have not made it to the tournament since the 2009 edition when they finished third.
Colombia have competed in five editions of the tournament, finishing third on two occasions. They hustled and bustled their way to India with a last-ditch victory over continental rival Paraguay.
Ghana's head coach Paa Kwesi Fabin said his players are eager to rekindle the glory days of the past.