Belfast Telegraph

Right To Dream continue their dominance with more title joy

By Keith Bailie

Right To Dream continued their love affair with the SuperCupNI as they lifted yet another trophy at the tournament.

The African academy won the Premier Section of this year's enthralling event thanks to two late goals from the sensational Mohammed Kudus, who lit up the Ballymena Showgrounds last night with a remarkable lobbed winner against Mexican outfit Club America.

Scottish coach Frazer Robertson said: "Nothing surprises me with these boys.

"Their strength of character and their determination to make it a high level is incredible.

"These boys want to better themselves, both as footballers and in life.

"The final didn't quite go to script in some ways, but it was an exciting way to win the trophy."

Right To Dream have dominated the SuperCupNI in recent years.

The Ghanaians entered the tournament for the first time in 2015, making an instant impact by winning the Junior Section with a sensational 7-0 win over Southampton.

A year later, they returned to successfully defend the Junior trophy, this time defeating County Londonderry 3-0 in the decider.

This year, they reached the final of the Premier competition with a side that included four of the team that had defeated Southampton and five of the boys that overcame Londonderry last year. Mohamed Diomande played in all three finals.

The academy, based in Ghana, attracts players from all over the continent of Africa, training them up with the intention of selling them to clubs across Europe.

The Ghanaians also have a link with Danish side Nordsjaelland. This year's Right To Dream SuperCupNI squad included four Danish players.

Right To Dream had the better of the first half, but they were unable to turn their pressure into clear cut chances.

Club America took the lead with 14 minutes left on the clock when Santiago Rios swung a superb free-kick into the top corner from an acute angle, in a strike reminiscent of Ronaldinho's famous goal for Brazil against England in the 2002 World Cup.

Right To Dream dusted themselves down and scored an equaliser three minutes later.

Kudus powered home a header from around 10 yards out to level the game heading into the final minutes.

And Kudus won the trophy for Right To Dream with his second goal of the game with just three minutes left on the clock.

The captain used his pace to burst through the Club America defence before producing a sublime lob that gave goalkeeper Eduardo Arreola no chance whatsoever.

Right To Dream: Voss, Gudmann, Woledzi, Ofori, Diomande, Baidoo, Kudus, Oswus-Boateng, Sarkodie, Damsgarrd

Subs: From, Gudmann, Ayer, Basit, Kingson, Mensah, Sadiq

Club America: Arreola, Chavez, Duran, Osuna, Padilla, H.Rios, V. Rios, Robledo, Saenz, Souza, Tinajero

Subs: Galvan, Garcia, Naveda, Palma, Quintero, Tapia, Tecalco

Referee: Shane Andrews (Comber)

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph