Black starlets are fighting for their head coach Laryea Kingston – Derek Boateng

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The Black Starlets players are displaying unwavering support and dedication to their head coach Laryea Kingston at the ongoing 2024 WAFU Zone B U17 Cup of Nations, according to former Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng.

Coach Kingston, who took charge of the team in April this year, has made significant improvements to the squad. Ghana is now on the cusp of qualifying for the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2017.

The Black Starlets began their campaign in the WAFU U-17 Championship with an impressive performance at the University of Ghana Stadium in Legon, where they defeated Ivory Coast 5-1.

Boateng, who was in attendance at the game, commended Kingston for his positive impact on the team. “We have a very fantastic coach in the person of Laryea Kingston. He is a top coach for me. He is really doing a great job, and I’m so happy for him. If he wins, we have all won. I’m happy he is doing a great job with the Black Starlets,” Boateng said.

“Laryea came from that background, so I believe he has a good understanding of the game and tournaments like this. The players are rallying behind him, and you can see the difference in their performance when he gives instructions from the sidelines.”

“When players are willing to give their all for a coach, it shows a strong bond between them. He doesn’t need to do much coaching during the games because the players already know what to do, which is very encouraging,” Boateng added.

The Black Starlets will now face Benin in their next match, needing a victory or a draw to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the WAFU tournament. The team’s ultimate goal is to reach the final, which would secure their qualification for the U-17 AFCON.

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