Ghana speeds up preparations as WAFU tournament gets closer

By Mutala Yakubu
Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Asiamah

Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Asiamah has disclosed that Ghana has stepped up preparation to host the upcoming West Africa Football Union (WAFU) tournament in September.

 The two-week football tournament, will run from September 9-24 in Cape Coast and Sekondi, and will feature 16 teams.

The draw for the games was held last Thursday at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

The Minister disclosed that his outfit is doing everything within their means to get the two host venues in shape before the tournament kicks off in September.

“The tournament has received the blessings of this government and we are proud to be part of it,” he said.

Organizers have divided the sub-region into two zones, with Zone A consisting of host nation Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea and Guinea Bissau.

Zone B involves Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Liberia, Niger, Senegal and Cape Verde.

The first round of the tournament will see all 16 teams battle it out in a knock-out phase, with the eight qualifying teams advancing to the group stages.

The winner of this year’s edition will take 100,000 U.S. dollars in prize money.