Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy for Manchester United Premier Cup

The Ghanaian Academy team is representing Africa together with South African newcomers Rosina Sedibane Sports School in the 20th edition of the tournament
The reigning Premier Cup Champions of Africa, Right to Dream Academy (RtD), are set to take part in the world finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup from August 6-9 in England.

RtD holds the record as the most successful African Under-15 football team in recent years, by achieving four top eight finishes in the Premier Cup.

The Ghanaian Academy team will be representing Africa together with South African newcomers Rosina Sedibane Sports School in the 20th edition of the tournament.

The U15’s qualified for the prestigious tournament after beating Tunisian giants Esperance 4-2 on penalty shootouts after the game ended goalless in regulation time at the African final qualifiers in May.

Umar Kenya’s team left Accra for Manchester on Saturday to finalise preparations towards the tournament, which is highly regarded as the ultimate experience for U15 teams in the world.

For over a decade, RtD has been working to offer opportunities to talented underprivileged children from across Ghana and Africa. The school currently enrols students from Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin and South Africa.

The Technical Director of RtD, Gareth Henderby said the tournament will present a good platform for his team to prove themselves.

"The MUPC World Finals are such a great opportunity for these young Ghanaian boys. Many of them love football with a passion, but lack the chance to prove themselves at higher levels nationally,” he said.

RtD will be facing opposition from 19 top teams including top European heavyweights AC Milan, Spain's 1994 Premier Cup Champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund from Germany, UK MUPC Champions Arsenal FC, tournament hosts Manchester United, among others.