Right To Dream are B17 champions for a sixth time
Right To Dream - AIK FF 2-1 (1–1)
The successful side Right To Dream from Ghana had the chance to make it a sixth win in the B17 category, whereas Swedish side AIK were looking to add to their impressive tally of 14 previous wins at Gothia.
Right To Dream had only conceded once leading up to the final, while they had scored 17 goals. AIK on the other hand had scored 13 times, having conceded two goals. It was set up to be a close and exciting final.
It was the Stockholm side who opened up the scoring early on. A nice through-ball found the feet of AIK’s Jonah Kusi-Asare who beat his last defender away and blasted the ball into the net. The quick start was startling, but Right To Dream soon found their footing . They turned up the pressure and started attacking in waves. They really forced the AIK defense to soak up the pressure as much as possible but eventually, the Ghanaian team found a way through and could score.
Right To Dream brought their attacking game into the second half, and AIK’s goalkeeper had to pull out some great saves to keep the score at 1–1. There were quite a few good chances but nothing that could find its way to the back of the net, and the clock was counting down. But with only a few minutes left, Right To Dream finally got their second goal of the match, converting a quickly-taken corner. 2–1 was the end result and Right To Dream could claim their sixth title at Gothia Cup.
Team captain Saka was full of emotion after the match.
– I’m feeling really happy right now, and I’m proud of the team, Saka says.
He remarked that there were several factors contributing to their success.
– Our coaches have told us to have values and humility, and that we should have confidence in ourselves. That’s what has led us to win the tournaments, he says.
During the celebrations after the match, the team was holding up the shirt of one of their players who could not make it to the tournament due to injury.
– We had to win the tournament for him. That’s why we wrote his name on the back of that shirt, Saka says.