Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy won the international MTG United for Peace Cup final last year, but before they could defend their title in Oslo they first had to make it through the qualifying tournament in their home country on 29th July.
The Ghanaian TV channel Viasat1 hosted the tournament in Akrade, Ghana. Six teams participated, demonstrating extreme sportsmanship and skill throughout the day. After a day of excellent football, the Right to Dream Academy beat the Dallas Texas Academy in the finals, clearing the first hurdle toward becoming back to back MTG United for Peace champions.
MTG United for Peace is honoured to welcome the Right to Dream boys to Oslo again. Although this was the second victory for the Right to Dream team, only three of the team’s players participated in last year’s tournament – the rest of the boys are new to MTG United for Peace.
The Right to Dream Academy is a non-profit, residential international school which offers full five year scholarships to underprivileged children aged 11 and above. The Academy focuses on both academic studies and football, emphasising football as a tool with which to learn life lessons and gain success. The Academy is focused on every child achieving success and reaching their true potential on and off the pitch, using the skills, knowledge and the experiences they have gained to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.
The lessons in sportsmanship that the Right to Dream Academy teaches their boys are well learned. At the very beginning of last year’s MTG United for Peace Cup final in Oslo the young players were sitting around nervously – and quietly. All this changed when the Ghanaians arrived, full of energy and smiles, making a point to shake every opponent’s hand. Their warmth and excitement broke down any shyness the children had and soon even the most timid players were making new friends. Though it may not be certain that the Right to Dream Academy will become repeat champions, it is certain that they will again bring this positive attitude.
And perhaps that’s most important.