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THROWBACK: I am grateful to all who gave me free beans and gari to help my career – Emmanuel Bentil

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A former Black Starlets striker and captain of the Ghana U-17 team that won the U-17 World Cup in Ecuador, Emmanuel Bentil, could not hide his joy and gratitude to the very people who supported his football career in little way but with significant impact on GTV sports+ as he discussed happenings of FIFA U-17 world cup tournament.

The skipper of the Starlets 95 squad was full of praises on the very good people of Ghana especially the great people of the Harbor city, Tema the city of birth of the former Bayern Munich player who really made an impact on his glittering career on GBC /GTV Sports+ Starlets 25th anniversary celebration.

“I am very happy and grateful to the people of Ghana who gave us all the supports, especially our coaches for the opportunity to showcase our talent especially late coach Sam Arddy in blessed memory. My greatest gratitude will be to the people of Tema community 1, trust me they are very good people. when I was playing for Hearts Babies many of  the people used to buy me free BEANS and GARI which was a great moment for me I wish I can remember all of them and their names but unfortunately I can’t but all I will say is very big thank you to all of them I am very grateful,” he said on Wednesday, August 5.

The Starlets won the tournament after beating Brazil 3-2 in the final to lift the trophy for the 2nd time in the history of the West African country. The goals were scored by Baba Sule (39’), Abu Iddrisu (45’) and Emmanuel Bentil (49’), Brazil’s equalizer came through Juan (47’) and Marco Antônio (90’).

BLACK STARLETS FULL SQUAD FOR THE 1995 FIFA U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

Michael Abu, Nana Kwaku Attakora Amanianmpong, Kamara Dini, Patrick Allotey, Charles Akwei, Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah, Awudu Issaka, Christian Atta Gyan, Joe Ansah, Christian Saba.

Baba Sule, Charles Allotey, Emmanuel Bentil © ,Bashiru Gambo, Richard Ackon, Abu Iddrisu, David Amoako.

Missing Out: Raymond Fenny, the 2nd choice goalkeeper is the only player missing from the photo for the 18-man squad for the tournament.

Story filed by: Jacob Narh Nortah

Twitter @NarhNortah

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