By El-Amisty Nobo| Follow Amisty on twitter @ElAmistyNobo
The U-16 side of the West Africa Football Academy [WAFA] left Accra, Ghana on Wednesday, August 02 to take part in the 2017 Next Generation tournament.
The annual Next Generation Trophy is a special tournament aimed at unearthing young football talents from across the world.
The three-day tournament will be played at the Red Bull Football and Ice Hockey Academy in Liefering, Austria.
In the 2016 edition, the junior soccer physicians [West Africa Football Academy] were drawn in Group D alongside RB Leipzig and Valencia CF, but WAFA will face Red Bull Brazil and Dinamo Zagreb [Group C] in this year’s tournament.
The tournament involves three teams in each group in which the first two teams automatically qualifies to the quarterfinal stage. The allotted time for each game is fifty minutes – 25 minutes in each half.
Below is the full draw of the 2017 Next Generation Trophy:
Group A: Red Bull Soccer Academy, Atalanta Bergamo, FC Midtjyland
Group B: New York Red Bull, Borussia Dortmund, Valencia CF
Group C: Red Bull Brazil, Dinamo Zagreb, West Africa Football Academy
Group D: RB Leipzig, FK Austria Wien, Benfica Lisbon.
The tournament, which is in its eighth year, will start on Thursday, August 10 to 10 will witness twelve teams from nine nations.