Best Football Academies In Africa

Football academies have played a major role in the beautiful game’s development in Africa for some years.
Football academies have helped in shaping the career of would-be professional footballers. They have also helped to mitigate the issue of trafficking young Africans to labor on the cold streets of Europe and other continents. Also, academies have given meaning to the business angle of running the football.
The football academies produce great African stars, as well as have an immeasurable social impact on the communities these academies serve. The likes of John Obi-Mikel, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou, Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, Samuel Eto’o, and now Kudus Mohammed of Ajax, were all products of African football academies.
For now, due to the current football academies in Africa, young footballers have no reason to envy those of the Europeans.

There are now proper and well-equipped academies in all parts of Africa working hard to polish and prepare top young African stars.

Some of the well-equipped football academies in Africa are as follows:

Right To Dream Football Academy
Right To Dream Football Academy is an academy based in Ghana. The story of this academy started with just a few boys on a dust pitch in Accra. The Right To Dream Football Academy started operation formally in 1999 and has produced top players who are successful in Europe.
The Right To Dream Football Academy provides children with an opportunity to build a better life out of poverty. The academy trains young talents with top facilities, and qualified coaches, and provide good medical care and diet.
Most importantly, the young talents are educated and come out with certificates and qualifications. The players get exposed to different methods, from a variety of coaches from overseas.
Right to Dream Football Academy also seeks to address the issue of illiteracy, which has caused many previous professional players problems with their contracts.

The Academy can boast of quality players like Mohammed Abu (Manchester City), Razak Nuhu, King Osei Gyan (Viking Stavinger) Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Mohammed Kudus ( Ajax of Netherland), and Kamaldeen Sulemana(Rennes in France).

PEPSI Football Academy
Pepsi Football Academy is based in Lagos, Nigeria. It was launched by Kashimawo Laloko, and it received the official support of the Pepsi company in 1994.  It was rebranded and named after the company (Pepsi Football Academy).
The academy has produced world-class players such as John Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, Echiabhi Okodugha, and Joseph Akpala.
The Pepsi Football Academy is one of the biggest and best academies in Africa, due to its top-notch training facilities.

West African Football Academy
West African Football Academy is the largest football academy in Ghana. It was founded by Feyenoord Club by Rotterdam president, Jorien van den Herik in Fetteh. The academy is currently playing in the Ghana Premier League.
The academy’s aim is to develop young, talented footballers’ football skills and provide them with formal education. The Dutch club funds the West African Football Academy.
The Academy can boast of quality players like Mohammed Abubakari of Feyenoord Club and Harrison Afful.

Rova Sports Academy
Rova Sports Academy is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Rova Sports Academy offers high-level sports coaching and honing in different areas such as athletics, football, rugby, tennis, and swimming. The academy has elite coaches and first-class sports facilities that will inspire young sportspeople to develop their individual talents. Rova uses data in sports to transform everything from how athlete talent is recognized and examined, and how games are played on the field, court, and pitch to how athletes are trained and managed.

Ligi Ndogo Academy
Ligi Ndogo Academy is the most famous football school in Kenya. Established in 2002 to train Kenyan young talents to play for the national teams and start a football career.
Ligi Ndogo Academy’s main objective is to provide a suitable environment for young players to develop their skills using a well-developed learning curriculum.  Included in the academy are teams that take part in various national and international tournaments, and these teams are as listed: Toms (4-6 years), Juniors (7-9 years), Lower Mids (10-12), Upper Mids (13-14 years), and Under-19 years.
The academy has teams that take part in various national and international tournaments. The teams are Toms (4-6 years), Juniors (7-9 years), Lower Mids (10-12 years), Upper Mids (13-14 years), and Under-19 years.
Notable graduates trained in the academy include Swedish international John Guidetti and Kenyan international Ayub Masika.

Mohammed VI Academy
Mohammed VI Football Academy is a Moroccan football academy founded in 2008 by King Mohammed VI.

The goal of this academy is to train students in the “profession” of football. The focus of the academy is to produce players of international quality.
The Mohammed VI Football Academy offers a football school for 6-12years old. It has over 800 students.

Katumbi Football Academy
Katumbi Football Academy is a training center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The training center is part of Congolese TP Mazembe’s long-term strategy.
Furthermore, the academy provides quality training conditions with rich programs that cover all age categories. The academy prepares players to join either the first team of Mazembe or other clubs inside and outside of the country.
The Katumbi Academy has some quality players like Arsène Zola and Glody Likonza. During the 8th edition of the Francophonie games organized in Abidjan in July 2017, these players were able to show off their great talents.

Diambars FC – Senegal
Senegal is one of the countries in the African continent that has to produce top-notch players, who have and are excelling in Europe and other parts of the world. And Diambars FC has played important role in this success story of Senegal.
Jean-Marc Adjovi-Boco, a former Benin defender, after reaching retirement, launched his dream project with Senegalese Bernard Lama and entrepreneur Saer Seck to take part in the development of football in Senegal, as well as in the whole of Africa. This project was given the name of Diambars, a Wolof term meaning “warriors”. The first stone was laid in Saly, south of Dakar, in 2003 with Lama, Seck, and French footballer Patrick Vieira. Diambars became a professional club in 2008 and joined the second division.
Moreover, Diambars is a school of football with a normal school curriculum. The Diambars training center has a team known as the “little Barcelona of Senegal”.
A lot of quality Senegal players that play in the European championships were trained in the academy, and in mid-August 2010, the Diambars “warriors” were able to lift their first national trophy in August 2010.

Generation Football Academy
Generation Foot Academy is a training center based in Senegal. Within the shortest of time, the academy has become a great development and professional training center in Senegal and becoming one of the best football academies in Africa.
There is a partnership between the French Ligue 1 side, FC Metz, and Generation Football Academy since 2000. Through this partnership, many talents developed at the center and earned international recognition.
The Generation can also boast of quality graduates like Sadio Mane and Diafra Sakho.

Mimos Sifcom Academy – Ivory Coast
Mimos Sifcom Academy is a training center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Founded by Roger Ouégnin and Jean-Marc Guillou in 1993, the training center of Asec Mimosas has established itself as a model by combining beautiful performances and positive results.
Initially, it was supported by AS Monaco (the club of the principality granted an annual subsidy of 50 million CFA from 1994 to 1996), but later the academy was taken over by the Asec of Abidjan with private shareholders.
This academy remains one of the most popular football schools in Africa since it has produced a number of successful African footballers such as Didier Zokora, Emmanuel Eboué, Gervinho, Chelsea FC legend Salomon Kalou, Didier Ya Konan, Kolo Toure, and Manchester City FC and FC Barcelona’s legendary player, Yaya Toure.

Kadji Sport Academy
Kadji Sports Academy is based in the western suburbs of Douala, Cameroon. It was founded by Joseph Kadji Defosso. In addition, they are currently playing in the second division of the Cameroonian championship.
Kadji Sports Academy has a complex on nearly 40 hectares. The academy is equipped with good facilities and accommodations. The Kadji Sports Academy has good talented coaches who excel in training and grooming young stars. These talented coaches instill in them some fundamental values.
The Kadji Sports Academy is currently playing in the Cameroon Second Division Championship.
The academy has produced world top-notch players including Stephane Mbia, Samuel Eto’o, Benjamin Moukandjo, Aurélien Chedjou, and Idriss Carlos Kameni.

Some other best Academies in Africa:
Kwara Football Academy (Nigeria)
Barcelona Football Academy (Nigeria)
Chelsea Football Academy (Nigeria)
Papilo Football Academy (Nigeria)
Abuja College of Football (Nigeria)
Siaone Soccer Academy (Nigeria)
Little Tigers FC (Nigeria)
Accra Lions Club (Ghana)
Midas Football Academy (Nigeria)
Tima Football Club (Ghana)
Royal Awudu Issaka Soccer Academy, RAISA (Ghana)
Pan Africa Soccer Academy (Ghana)
Attram de Visser Football Academy (Ghana)

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