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Bayelsa Restoration Starlets to participate in Africa Youth Cup

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Bayelsa State’s Restoration Starlets will feature in the maiden edition of the Africa Youth Cup (AYC) slated to hold from April 19 to 27 in Praia, Cape Verde.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Affairs and Media Director of the Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament, otherwise known as the Restoration Cup, Mr. Daniel Alabrah said yesterday that the decision was communicated to the organisers, Serahana Sports, through its co-Tournament Director, Mr. Godson Ekadi, at a meeting in Yenagoa yesterday.

This followed the approval granted by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, he added.

Alabrah said youths selected from the 2018 Restoration Cup in the state would participate in the competition for Under-16 males, with a provision for four to six overage players not above 17 years.

He said the players have been directed to immediately report for closed camping and training at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.

Teams that have reportedly confirmed their participation in the competition include the Tanzania U-16 national team, St. Benfica of Portugal, AJSM FC of France, Academie FC of Mali and Kini-Kini FC of Benin Republic.

Others are Napoli FC, Volcan Junior Academie, CF Daraja Sports and Deportivo FC all from Cote d’Ivoire, as well as the Cape Verde U-16 national team and two other teams from Nigeria – United Boys FC of Bauchi and Pawas FC of Jos.


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