The Craig Bellamy Foundation will be travelling for the first time out of Sierra Leone for an international competition which is to be hosted in Ireland at the end of June this year.
It is a competition that is organized annually for Youth Academies around the world.
This year’s edition is one that will attract 32 youth teams from major clubs in Europe and the Americas, including Craig Bellamy Foundation which is situated in Tombo Western RuralDistrict of Sierra Leone.
According to the coach Tom Legg the team is currently involved in intensive training inpreparation for the competition, which is tagged the “MILK CUP” and that they will be leaving the shores of Sierra Leone on the 22nd of June 2014 with a total of 18 players from the first generation of the Academy including one player from the second generation and that will be determined by the technical team based on the performance of the individual player.
The team is expected to play up to five matches in five days and that they will be facing the Manchester United youth team in their group.
John Legg further went on to state that for most of the boys it is the very first time they are travelling outside the country and that might be a challenge for them in facing European and American opponent.
He further mentioned that they are hoping to be joined by three of their boys who are currently in the United States of America on scholarship.
Another major reason for the Academy’s participation in the Milk Cup tournament this year is not just to go for the championship but also to expose the boys to the outside world and that they are very much concerned about attracting support from different clubs in Europe.
Speaking to Awoko, Issa Bangura, a player of the first generation who is also part of the team that will be making the trip to Ireland for the tournament, the team is well prepared for their maiden international competition and that he believes with the type of training that they have gone through and also the number of friendly matches that they have played, he wants to assure Sierra Leoneans that they are not just going to Ireland for a picnic but to make their presence felt in the competition.
By Bernard Turay
Monday June 09, 2014