Charles Kwablan Herrmann, son of former Ghana coach Charles Akonnor, played a pivotal role in Germany’s historic U-17 FIFA World Cup victory, securing their first-ever world championship at this level. The triumph came in a thrilling penalty shootout against France at the Manahan Stadium in Jakarta.
Herrmann, following in his father’s footballing footsteps, made significant contributions with five appearances in the tournament held in Indonesia. His tally included one goal and three assists, showcasing his prowess on the pitch.
Borussia Dortmund’s Paris Brunner and team captain Noah Darvich provided the early goals for Germany, while France, led by Monaco’s Saimon Bouabre, responded with determination. Despite Germany going down to 10 men after Winners Osawe’s red card, they held firm against the relentless pressure from the Blues.
In the 85th minute, France’s Mathis Amougou leveled the score with a tap-in, setting the stage for a tense penalty shootout. Germany emerged triumphant with a 4-3 victory in the shootout, featuring successful penalties from Robert Ramsak, Max Moerstadt, Fayssal Harchaoui, and Almugera Kabar.
This U-17 FIFA World Cup success adds to Germany’s earlier European championship triumph at the same level in June, solidifying Herrmann’s role in their journey to footballing glory.