Accra — Ghana's representatives to the 2009 World Finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) have qualified atop of Group B at the on-going U-15 tournament in Manchester in the U.K.
Right to Dream, the African U-15 Champions team sponsored by Vodafone Ghana qualified to the next stage (quarter-final) when they won their two matches today. They won the first game 2-0 against MTK Hungaria FC (Hungary) and 2-0 again against Atlas FC of Mexico.
The MUPC started out as a regional tournament in 1993 and has grown into one of the largest and best known football events of its kind. Over 1 million players have taken part, with over 9,000 teams from more than 43 countries competing this year. This year's tournament has 20 U-15s teams from around the world.
Werder Bremen is close at the heels of the Ghanaian team with 10 points but with inferior goal difference. They beat Atlas FC 2-0 and whipped India's Salgaocar SC 4-0 in their second match.
The teams are grouped into four groups with the Right to Dream team tied in Group B with MTK Hungaria FC of Hungary, Germany's Werder Bremen, Salgaocar SC from India and Atlas FC of Mexico.
Other teams in the competition are Westbromwich Albion of England, KRC Genk of Belgium, Orlando Pirates of South Africa, Changchun yatai FC, Boin Middle School all in Group A; Group C has Manchester United (hosts), Paris Saint Germain, Alta Lorna Arsenal SCCof the US, Gamba Osaka, Japan and Sao Paulo FC of Brazil while Athletico de Madrid of Spain, AS Roma of Italy, AC Thonburi Thailand, Marconi Stallions , Australia and Colo Colo of Chile complete Group D.
Over the last 16 years MUPC has offered more than a million young footballers a truly unique experience - the opportunity to live the dream of world-class competition.
Andres Iniesta(FC Barca 1999), Rafeal & Fabio (Fluminense 2005),Theo Walcott (Southampton 2003), Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Robinho Robson de Souza(1999), Carlos Tevez (MVP 1999, Top Scorer), and Fernando Torres (Athletico Madrid 1999), are just a few of the tournament's famous "graduates".
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