Nigeria is set to host the third edition of the West African football union cup scheduled in September 2021. The official sponsor Fox Sports Africa confirmed the news. Senegal will be hosting the second edition in 2019.
The West African football union is divided into two zones and sees the participation of 16 countries.
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A Look at the WAFU Cup 2021
Zone A consists of Cape Verde and The Gambia. There are also other teams from:
– Sierra Leone.
Zone B, on the other hand, consists of teams from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana, Niger, Burkina Faso,
The Perfect Time for African National Teams to Show Their Growth
The African national teams are doing an excellent performance on the world stage. Many players play
for the European leagues and are well-sought after. The case of Nigerian midfielder Obi Michel surely
catches the eye of the matter.
Chelsea and Manchester United literally launched a tug of war to get him in their teams. While Nigeria failed to perform exemplarily in this world cup, the players’ performance was well appreciated.
A Look at the WAFU Tournament
Ghana hosted the first edition of WAFU tournament. The host nation’s team black stars defeated Nigeria’s Super Eagles 4-1 in the finals.
Fox sports Africa is the official sponsor of the tournament, and the winner receives a prize money of $100,000, and runner-up gets $50,000.
Many of the participating nations constantly reel under violence and political instability, and low employment rate, hence, football is emerging as a source of income among the native youngsters.
When Senegal hosts the second edition of the tournament, it will become the first nation from the zone A to host such an event. Both the first and third edition host nations come under zone B.
The tournaments are the result of a multi-year partnership between Fox Sports and the West African Football Union aiming to promote the local talent and infrastructure.
The total period of 12 years is aimed at promoting financial aids by the investors and sponsors. Also, the regular tournaments will ensure proper training of the players.
Along with the matches, the sports infrastructure will also develop in the host nations. The tournaments boast of the successful viewership surpassing 300 million viewers worldwide. It is expected that the numbers will go up with the subsequent tournaments.
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