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Ghana set to host Wafu tournament, says sports minister

8:37 PM SGT 28/7/17
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The sports minister has assured participating countries that everything has been put in place for a successful competition

Ghana's youth and sports minister, Isaac Asiamah, says everything is in place for a successful hosting of the upcoming Wafu tournament which is expected to kick off on September 9.

The draw for the competition was held in Accra on Thursday with Ghana being paired with The Gambia.

“We have the capacity to host the Wafu tournament successfully. Ghana is already having the track record as we hosted the Afcon in 2008 perfectly,” Asiamah told footballmadeinghana.com.

“We have the needed hotels, pitches, road networks and others to make the competition a success.

Asiamah also highlighted the importance of the competition to Ghana, noting that the Black Stars B players will be exposed to the international market.

“The tournament will also give our local players the needed platform to market themselves to the world and also help the businesses in Ghana,” Asiamah added.

The first phase of the competition will be on knockout basis where winners will progress to the semi-finals and losers exit the competition.

Full draw:

ZONE A (countries will base in Takoradi)

Ghana v Gambia

Nigeria v Sierra Leone

Mali v Mauritania

Guinea v Guinea Bissau

ZONE B (countries will base in Cape Coast)

Senegal v Liberia

Burkina Faso v Niger

Ivory Coast v Togo

Benin v Cape Verde