Reigning world and European champions Liverpool have confirmed that two of their youth teams will be travelling to South Africa, where they could go head to head with youngsters from Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
On Wednesday, Liverpool confirmed that the club would be sending an U12 and an U14 team to South Africa later this year to take part in the annual Lucky Star Cup hosted by Cape Town-based side, FC Kapstadt.
"The Reds will send U12 and U14 teams, and they have the chance of playing against some of the best youth teams in Africa, including Al-Ahly, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns and many more," a statement on the club's official website read.
This came after tournament organisers met with Liverpool officials earlier this week to complete an agreement that would see the club's academy teams visit the country for the first time.
"It's a proud moment for FC Kapstadt to host Liverpool FC Academy teams in South Africa for the first time in history," FC Kapstadt president and tournament director Zaid Omar said.
"Liverpool's Academy teams' participation delivers on our promise to create a platform to make dreams a reality. In this way, the event will continue to inspire youth footballers from South Africa.
"Liverpool's participation is an historic moment for South African football. The Academy teams' presence is certainly going to provide an interesting yardstick to measure the progress of our youth football."
FC Kaptstadt also released a statement via their official Facebook account, in which they highlighted the growth of the tournament over the years and welcomed Liverpool's participation alongside the academies of some of South Africa's biggest clubs.
"In 2009, the Lucky Star Cup evolved from a regional event to a national event with the participation of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns," the club shared in its official press release.
"In 2020, the event celebrates its 10th anniversary in style by becoming the first international grassroots football festival in Cape Town.
"Liverpool's Academy teams will certainly provide much excitement and hype. This year's event will also be an opportunity to measure the progress of South African youth football against the best."
The tournament will take place between Thursday, 1 October, and Sunday, 4 October, at the Hartleyvale Stadium and Cape Town Stadium (to be confirmed). You can read the full press release with further information here.
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