Excitement is in the air as the international football tournament returns to the beautiful island of Cape Verde, as it prepares to host the 2nd edition of the Africa Youth Cup in October 2023. Cape Verde made history as host of the first edition in April 2019.
The tournament is Africa’s answer to similar international youth football events in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States. aimed at complementing the good work of FIFA and CAF in the development of youth football in Africa.
The 2023 edition of the Africa Youth Cup in Cape Verde will feature renowned men’s and women’s U-17 football academies from Africa and the rest of the world. This tournament aims to transform the continent into an international youth football tournament destination.
Testimonials from previous participants in the first edition gave the tournament a passing grade and variously describe the beautiful island of Cape Verde as Africa’s paradise. Many of them are therefore very excited about this development, as they look forward to returning to this archipelago loved for its comfortable playgrounds, its sportsmen, its beautiful hotels, its good weather, its history, its culture, its relaxing nature , its lively nightlife, its gastronomy, impressive rock formations and golden beaches.
In one of the testimonies, Mr. Yves M’bahia, Director of the Junior Volcano Academy of Côte d’Ivoire, winners of the first edition of the 2019 African Youth Cup declared “Just by thinking of this tournament organized in the country of our brothers of Cape Verde. I am overwhelmed by many memories. By venturing into the unknown with Volcan Junior Academy, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a perfectly organized tournament that met the most prestigious standards of youth tournaments around the world. Quality sports infrastructure and unparalleled accommodation sites, in addition to quality football pitches. Beyond the final victory, I remember this endearing country, pleasant in all respects, with the friendliness and simplicity of the Cape Verdean people. Youth Africa Cup! I’ll be back”.
This is just one of the many testimonies shared by participants of the first edition of the Africa Youth Cup as the tournament continues to trend within the global football community. Cape Verde has indeed made Africa proud and we are ready to build on this achievement in October 2023 which the organizers say will be an improved version of the first edition.
According to Mr. Godson Abba Ekadi, Co-Chairman of the Africa Youth Cup: “Football academies in Africa are the foundation and the breeding ground for future talent that moves on to clubs and then to national teams. Academies like Generation Foot from Senegal, Asec Mimosa from Ivory Coast, Lusaka Youth Soccer Academy from Zambia, Diamond Football Academy and Pepsi Football Academy from Nigeria, West Africa Football Academy from Ghana, Kadji Sports Academy from Cameroon and Ligi Ndogo Academy from Kenya, to name a few, has nurtured and produced players who have become global football brands and ambassadors for their respective countries and the continent as a whole”.
The Africa Youth Cup thus provides a platform and an enabling environment for football academies in Africa to compete for fame and honor by engaging some of the best youth teams from around the world on African soil.
An electrifying football event awaits youth football fans as the best youth academies from the continent and the rest of the world gather in Cape Verde for the second edition of the Africa Youth Cup in October 2023. It It will be gratifying to note that famous football icons and celebrities from the global football family have also shown keen interest in illuminating Cape Verde with their presence.
Registration for this tournament will open on September 1, 2022.