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Ghana U17 captain Eric Ayiah named in Guardian's 60 best young talents in world football

Published on: 04 October 2017
Eric Ayiah of Ghana during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ghana and Mali at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Ghana U17 captain Eric Ayiah has been named as one of the 60 best young talents in world football by the Guardian Newspaper.

He is in the same league as Brazalian Vinicius Júnior was sold to Real Madrid for €45m – the second most expensive Brazilian transfer of all-time, behind Neymar.

Mali's Hadji Dramé, who plays for Yeelen Olympique de Bamako, is another African player in the list.

The description on Eyiah read: ''After dominating the competition in the early 1990s, Ghana have qualified for the under-17 World Cup for the first time since 2007 and that is down in no small part to their captain.

''Ayiah got four goals to finish as joint top scorer in the African championship that determined which countries would be in India this month, with Porto among the sides linked with him.

''A move to Europe has failed to materialise but that is likely to change if the forward who came through the Charity Stars youth set-up and is blessed with strength and lightning pace can find his goalscoring boots once more.

''Asked why he favours the No6 shirt for club and country, Ayiah explained: "I’m a striker but I love the No6 jersey because I was born on March 6, 2000 and it is also the Independence Day of Ghana.''

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