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Ghana starlets eyeing double at SuperCupNI

By Robert Jones

The shooting stars of Ghana's sensational Right to Dream Academy will launch a two-pronged attack on the SuperCupNI - formerly the Milk Cup - 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 section with a refreshing brand of 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 to again send representatives to both Premier and Junior competitions here, aiming to become the first ever side 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 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 Southampton 7-0 while their Premier side won a subsidiary competition after losing once to California's FC Strikers.

Victor said: "So many Premier League clubs were eager to host Right to Dream at their academies. I'm proud to say that they enjoyed their first visit to us so much, they wanted to return."

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.

"Our hard work over the past 12 months has paid off and the line-up will provide many memorable matches," added Victor.

The draw for the SuperCupNI will take place at W5 at the SSE Arena in Belfast next month. The tournament will be staged over the last week in July.

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