The shooting stars of Ghana’s sensational Right to Dream Academy will launch a two-pronged attack on the SuperCupNI this summer.
The African stars lit up the international youth tournament last year when they continued their impressive dominance of European competitions, winning the Junior tournament with a refreshing brand of exciting, attacking football.
As the Academy continues to develop some of Africa’s most exciting young players and place them in major leagues across the globe, Right to Dream have turned down overtures from Premier League clubs in England to again send representatives to both Premier and Junior competitions here aiming to become the first in the history of the event to complete the double.
Tournament chairman Victor Leonard said: “Last year we were all anticipating something special from Right to Dream given their amazing track record across Europe with victories against Academy teams from Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona. The brand of football they delivered at our event was simply breath-taking.”
In the Junior final at Ballymena Showgrounds the Ghanaians defeated a good Southampton side 7-0 while their Premier side won a subsidiary competition after losing just once in their schedule to California’s FC Strikers.
“So many Premier League clubs were eager to host Right to Dream at their academies, such is the reputation for excellence that they have established across the world,” revealed Victor.
“I’m proud to say that such was the warmth of the welcome from our supporters last summer that the boys and officials enjoyed their first visit to us so much they wanted to return to Northern Ireland – despite the rain!”
Organisers will also roll out the welcome mat for African visitors Lusaka from Zambia who are returning in the Premier section for a third successive year.
“We are fine tuning a number of changes to the event this year as we move forward,” revealed Victor. “We are always exploring avenues to freshen up the format but securing a wide range of high calibre competitors from across the globe is always at the forefront of everything we are about.
“I think all our hard work over the past 12 months has paid off and the line up will provide many memorable matches across the region.
The draw for the tournament will take place at W5 in the Odyssey complex in Belfast next month.
The competition will be staged over the last week in July.