MFA Delegation Departs for 7-Day Tourney in Abidjan

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MFA assistant coach Naomi Peters leads the academy’s first team in a warm up (photo credit: Aaron Chongyoon Nah)

The Monrovia Football Academy (MFA) will tomorrow, Friday, October 27, depart the country for Abidjan, Ivory Coast to participate in its first international tournament since its establishment in 2015.

According to MFA director Will Smith, the academy will be participating in a tournament organized by the Ivoire Académie in Abidjan.

The tournament, which will last for seven days, will commence on Monday, October 30 and end on Sunday, November 5, and will include football clubs from six West African countries including, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

It will comprise of two age groups (U-15 and U-18), with each age group having a pool of four teams.

According to Smith, MFA will participate in the tournament’s U-15 age group.

“The academy’s team will include student-athletes ages 9-14 representing grades 4, 5, and 6. The academy will be the only team with female players,” he said.

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Monrovia Football Academy players before the kickoff of one of their matches at the Blue Field in 2015 (Photo: MFA)

Smith revealed that the MFA is scheduled to play Ivoire Académie of Ivory Coast on Monday, October 30; MT Soccer Foundation of Sierra Leone on Wednesday, November 1; and Magic Système Académie of Ivory Coast on Friday, November 3.

The semi-finals and finals will be held on Sunday, November 5.

He said scouts from Manchester United, AS Monaco, Nice, and several other clubs will be present at the tournament.

Out of the 70 students, the academy will send 15 students, 4 staff members, and 1 videographer.

Though the academy is delighted with its participation in its first international tournament, Smith stressed that academic excellence remains a priority, and will hold academic classes for a minimum of three hours per day while in Abidjan.

The academy combines high-quality education with professional football training, he emphasized.

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