Hosts Liberia to begin Fox/WAFU U-20 against Cape Verde
WAFU Zone B Secretary General Akan Malan conducts the draw
WAFU Zone B Secretary General Akan Malan conducts the draw

The junior Lone Star will kick off the tournament against their counterparts from Cape Verde.

The 2018 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) FOX U-20 Youth Football Tournament will get underway on 24th April with hosts Liberia taking on Cape Verde.

Tournament is featuring only WAFU Zone A member countries which include Liberia, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Mali, Cape Verde and Mauritania.

But the organizers said Mauritania has been excluded due to their engagement in a CAF competition.

The games which will be televised in more than 50 countries by lead sponsor Fox Sports will be played at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

 Liberia were paired with neighbors Sierra Leone as well as Guinea Bissau in Group A.

 Senegal who are the favorite in the competition based on their FIFA Rankings will rob shoulder with Mali, Gambia and Guinea.

The young Taranga Lions will kick off their campaign against the Eagles of Mali. Match Day two will see Guinea Bissau battling it out against Sierra Leone while Guniea will play host The Gambia.

The draw which took place at the SKD Sports Complex on Monday was conducted by WAFU Secretary Generals of both WAFU Zones A and B Jammeh E.K. Bojang and Akan Malan.

WAFU Vice President and outgoing Liberia Football Association (LFA) President Musa Bility expressed optimism that the hosting of the tournament is a boost for the country.

Billity recorded that the tournament is the first since the country hosted the six nation tournament in 19188.

“For the first time over 20 years since the six nation tournament we are going to have an international tournament hosted in our country. We hope that Liberians will cooperate,” Bility said.

He also added that the organization of the tournament is to afford young players the opportunity to develop their talents.

“Wafu has decided to host this tournament in Liberia principally to inspire young people u-20 when you look at the feature of football; we have for too long look up for readymade talent. We believe that the WAFU U-20 tournament is an opportunity for us to invest and discover young talent,” Bility added.

 He praised WAFU secretariat for their effort in raising funds for the tournament, nothing the regional football body is not organizing tournaments in every three months which he believes can be alluded to FOX Sports sponsorship to football in Liberia.

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