TWO of the best under-15 football teams from Africa will be gathering
in Hilversum, the Netherlands on Sunday to compete in the Premier Cup
African Qualification Tournament, sponsored by Nike.
teams- Right to Dream Football Academy from Ghana and ENPPI from Egypt-
will be playing for a single slot at the World Finals of the Manchester
United Premier Cup in Manchester later this year.
This year will be the first time Africa will have their qualification tournament for the World Finals in Manchester.
two teams with very strong and talented players have been selected for
this qualification tournament. Next year there will be four teams from
four different nations playing for one final place.
following teams have already qualified for the World Finals in August
alongside the host team Manchester United: FC Basel (Switzerland), F.C.
Honka (Finland), Willem II (The Netherlands).
Over one million
players have taken part in the Premier Cup since its inception,
including some of the most celebrated young footballers in the world.
Cup graduates currently playing a starring role at the highest level
for club and country include Carlos Tevez, Fernando Torres and PFA
Young Player of the Year 2007 Francesc Fabregas.
alongside Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqu for the FC Barcelona Dream Team
in the 2002 Premier Cup and recalled: "The Premier Cup is a good
experience for all young players.
It conditions you to play in
a tournament at a high competitive level. At that age this can be a
valuable experience that you can use later in your professional career.”