Venture Capital: How Clubs Maximize Profits By Exploiting Young African Talent

A muddy track lined with goats and chickens leads past corrugated metal huts and mudbrick shacks, the residents of Old Akrade sitting out front in threadbare T-shirts watching the students make their way to school. But it’s not just any school they attend. It is the Right to Dream Academy — a facility that includes eight carefully tended pitches complete with netted goals. Some are even equipped with flood lights.

The contrast between the academy and the poverty surrounding it in this sparsely settled area on the banks of the Volta River in southeastern Ghana could hardly be greater. But the students of the academy take the name at face value: The football stars-in-training have the right to dream — of scoring spectacular goals, of…

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